Documentary on women judges in South Africa

Courting Justice (2008)

Director: Jane Thandi Lipman

http://www.wmm.com/filmcatalog/pages/c740.shtml

A bit expensive at $295.

Elsie Bonthuys’ article, “The Personal and the Judicial,” in volume 24, Part 2 (2008) of the South African Jounal on Human Rights discusses the film. see pages 242-243. 

Description from the distributor’s Web site:

Courting Justice takes viewers behind the gowns and gavels to reveal the women who make up 18 percent of South Africa’s male-dominated judiciary. Hailing from diverse backgrounds and entrusted with enormous responsibilities, these pioneering women share with candor, and unexpected humor, accounts of their country’s transformation since apartheid, and the evolving demands of balancing their courts, country, and families.

Law school documentary: “The Trials of Law School”

You are thinking of attending law school?  Consider watching the documentary film, “The Trials of Law School” to supplement the film and televison adaptations of “The Paper Chase.”

“Trials of Law School”

Director: Porter Heath Morgan 

Zone IV Productions, 2006

http://www.thetrialsoflawschool.com/ 

Synopsis (from the film Web site) The Trials of Law School provides a captivating and real, in depth look at eight students, with different backgrounds and expectations, through their first year of law school as they encounter a new language, a new way of thinking, and a new way of life.

A heart-felt look at the lives of eight students, the film captures both the stress and emotion, both inside the classroom and out, as they try to juggle family and relationships with school commitments. These students, including a single mother looking for a fresh start, a husband and father of four, and a military wife trying to raise six children, compete with competitive and highly successful peers for grades and jobs that will determine their future.

Their journey is contrasted with insight from over 25 acclaimed law professors and legal scholars from around the country.

In an equation set up for disappointment and failure, some succeed and some don’t, and others learn to redefine success. Who will make it, who won’t?