The Firm (1993)

Article by Makki Tahir

This article is part of a series to help students improve their advocacy skills and also bust some movie myths. The Student Lawyer aims to provide students with a number of resources to help improve their employability. We decided to do legal movie reviews to give you some tips on how to be better lawyers through an engaging medium (i.e. through films and movies), that many of us enjoy quite regularly. If you haven’t seen any of the movies that we post about, please go ahead and watch them, you will not be disappointed. It also helps to have something to do during this lock-down period and the bonus is, it can play a role in helping you determine whether you enjoy the thrill of being in court as a barrister or prefer the solicitor route!
THE FIRM: About The Firm

The Firm (1993) is a legal thriller based upon the book of the same name by John Grisham . The film stars Tom Cruise as Mitch McDeere; an impressive Harvard Law School graduate that is recruited by a medium-sized law firm from Memphis, Tennessee. The film also stars Gene Hackman as Avery Tolar, McDeere’s mentor and a partner at the firm. As the film progresses, McDeere realises that everything is not what it seems at the firm and he becomes embroiled in a conspiracy when he is approached by the FBI in connection with suspicious deaths at the firm. Law Students Skills to Pick up from this Movie:

The film shows us how a young and eager law graduate can be tempted by a healthy remuneration package. The movie starts by showing us law firms courting Mitch McDeere’s services and being impressed with his academic achievements and his legal work experience. In the film, it shows us that alongside clerking for an esteemed judge and placing fifth in his class at Harvard Law School, Mitch McDeere is also working a part-time job in a fast food restaurant. This is the situation that many law students find themselves […]

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