For attorney movie buffs in Chicago, Northwestern University School of Law will have the perfect new fall course offering.
This October and November, lawyers for the first time are invited to earn continuing legal education credits by attending discussions about three classic, award-winning films that turned the camera on the meting out of justice in three very different contexts. "To Kill a Mockingbird," "12 Angry Men," and "Judgment at Nuremberg," will be the focus of discussions on both "the positive and negative aspects of the practice of law," the university said in a press release.
Lawyers will be mailed a DVD of a movie when they sign up for any of the three discussion classes and will be expected to watch the film before coming to the university for an hour-long group analysis of the film moderated by a law school professor.
The professors who will lead the sessions include Steven Lubet, director of the school's program on advocacy and professionalism; Robert Burns, who teaches courses on evidence as well as civil and criminal procedure; and David Scheffer, who is director of the Center for International Human Rights at the school.
The university expects about 75 people to sign up for each session, said Pat Vaughan Tremmel, a spokeswoman for the university. The lawyers will earn 1.5 Illinois professional responsibility credits for each session.