Heading to the beach for a weekend this summer or just relaxing on the porch… maybe you would like a good read. The Charlotte School of Law Library has a collection of fiction.
The collection includes many of John Grisham and Scott Turow’s legal thrillers as well as a number of books that have been banned by various communities.
The Fiction Collection is located in the Reference area of the 5th floor behind the attorney member carrels.
These books can be checked out for 28 days (note the yellow dots).
We also welcome donations.
Come browse the collection.
If you need help, ask a librarian!
Hooray it is summer! Maybe you need a break from your classes… you might be interested in one of our lesser known collections. The Charlotte School of Law Library has an extensive collection of DVDs both fiction and non-fiction.
The collection of over 400 titles is located in the Reference area on the 5th floor behind the attorney member carrels.
There are classic movies like 10 Angry Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to television series such as Law and Order. There are recent documentaries: Civil Remedy (human trafficking) and The Loving Story (miscegenation). Of course, there are more entertaining titles like Legally Blonde and Lord of the Rings. There is something for everyone.
In searching the catalog for these DVDs, use the keyword videorecording in the search box and select DVD format from the facets on the left side of the screen to see the long list of DVDs.
DVDs can be checked out for 7 days.
If you need help, just ask a librarian!
In 2012, we blogged about the 25 greatest legal movies of all time and took a poll as to which movies our students preferred most.
This time we are reposting the 2008 ABA Journal listing which featured 25 of the best legal movies and we’ve added hyperlinks to the records in our own library catalog. Take a look and see what’s available. We might have something that will help you make the most of your relaxation time over Spring Break!
- To kill a mockingbird [videorecording]
- 12 angry men [videorecording]
- My cousin Vinny [videorecording]
- Anatomy of a murder [videorecording]
- Inherit the wind [videorecording]
- Witness for the prosecution : [DVD]
- Erin Brockovich [videorecording]
- The verdict [videorecording]
- Presumed innocent [videorecording]
- Judgment at Nuremberg [videorecording]
- A man for all seasons [videorecording]
- A Few good men [videorecording]
- Chicago [videorecording]
- Kramer vs. Kramer [videorecording]
- The paper chase [videorecording]
- Reversal of fortune [videorecording]
- Compulsion [videorecording]
- And justice for all [videorecording]
- In the name of the father [videorecording]
- A civil action [videorecording]
- Amistad [videorecording]
- Miracle on 34th Street [videorecording]
- THE ACCUSED (1988) Jodie Foster is a woman who is gang-raped in a bar and, when the rapists go free, goads a reluctant prosecutor to pursue the patrons who urged them on. The accused [videorecording]
- ADAM’S RIB (1949) George Cukor’s mannered comedy, with Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as married lawyers who oppose each other in court. Adam’s rib [videorecording]
- BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956) Dana Andrews is a writer who sets himself up on a murder rap to reveal the shortcomings of circumstantial evidence.
- THE CAINE MUTINY (1954) Humphrey Bogart is riveting in this adaptation of Herman Wouk’s complex novel about military authority and moral duty. The Caine mutiny [videorecording]
- CLASS ACTION (1991) A father and daughter clash in and outside the courtroom as they square off in a volatile product liability case. Class action [videorecording]
- THE CLIENT (1994) Susan Sarandon is an underwhelming lawyer who finds herself representing a young boy who has witnessed a Mafia hit. The Client [videorecording]
- COUNSELLOR AT LAW (1933) John Barrymore is a workaholic lawyer who is in danger of losing his family in this William Wyler film.
- THE COURT-MARTIAL OF BILLY MITCHELL (1955) Otto Preminger directs Gary Cooper in this tale of the real-life maverick general who thinks an airplane can sink a ship—and is court-martialed for proving it. The Court-martial of Billy Mitchell [videorecording]
- THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE (1997) A new attorney introduced into the world’s most powerful law firm discovers that its managing partner is morally challenged. Devil’s advocate [videorecording]
- THE FIRM (1993) Tom Cruise is recruited by a prestigious law firm that he gradually learns has a very sinister background. The Firm [videorecording]
- THE FORTUNE COOKIE (1966) Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon romp in this Billy Wilder comedy about a sleazy lawyer who talks a relative into feigning injury for the sake of a lawsuit.
- GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI (1996) The true story of efforts to bring to justice Byron De La Beckwith for the 30-year-old murder of civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Ghosts of Mississippi [videorecording]
- INTOLERABLE CRUELTY (2003) The Coen brothers reveal their take on divorce law. George Clooney is at his toothy best.
- JAGGED EDGE (1985) Defense attorney Glenn Close gets close to a client, played by Jeff Bridges, who is on trial for the murder of his heiress wife. Jagged edge [videorecording]
- JFK (1991) Oliver Stone takes on New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison’s efforts to solve the Kennedy assassination. History yields to riveting storytelling.
- LEGALLY BLONDE (2001) Reese Witherspoon became one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood after ridiculing the elitism of Harvard Law. Legally blonde [videorecording]
- LIAR, LIAR (1997) A hilarious vehicle for Jim Carrey, who plays a lawyer who finds he is physically incapable of telling a fib. Liar liar [videorecording]
- MICHAEL CLAYTON (2007) George Clooney shines in this look at the dark underbelly of big-firm law. Michael Clayton [videorecording]
- MUSIC BOX (1989) Hungarian immigrant Mike Laszlo, accused of being a war criminal, asks his daughter (Jessica Lange) to defend him in court. She learns more about him than she wants to know.
- NORTH COUNTRY (2005) It’s one woman against the system: The extraordinary Charlize Theron plays a miner who sues the company. North country [videorecording]
- THE PELICAN BRIEF (1993) A law student discovers a plot to assassinate U.S. Supreme Court justices in this John Grisham adaptation. The pelican brief [videorecording]
- THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1996) Cameos abound in this portrayal of the trial of the renowned porn publisher. The people vs. Larry Flynt [videorecording]
- PRIMAL FEAR (1996) Richard Gere is the attorney and Edward Norton a young altar boy accused of killing a priest in a story whose plot twists and turns. Primal fear DVD 126 [videorecording]
- THE RAINMAKER (1997) Another John Grisham lawyer fights the system, this time with Matt Damon starring and Francis Ford Coppola directing. John Grisham’s The rainmaker [videorecording]
- A TIME TO KILL (1996) An earnest retelling of the Grisham novel about a racially charged killing in the Deep South. Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock spark. A time to kill [videorecording]
On a recent trip to the Netherlands I had the opportunity to visit one of Amsterdam’s public libraries. Public libraries in Amsterdam are collectively known as Openbare (“public”) Bibliotheek (“library”), or OBA. The largest of these is the Centrale (“central”) Bibliotheek (“library”) located near the Amsterdam Centraal Station.
The Central Library opened its doors in 2008. It was designed by Jo Coenen, and cost around € 80 million. This state of the art building houses half million books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, games and blu-rays, more than 1,000 seats and 490 internet computers, an auditorium, an exhibition room, the Library Museum, and the Gerard Reve Museum spread out over 10 floors manned by a staff of 200.
I was surprised to see AmsterdamFM broadcasting live on the first floor. There is another radio station, OBA Live, located on the fourth floor. It really is a beautiful design. I can see why in 2012 it was voted as the best library in the Netherlands. For more information, check out their website at http://www.oba.nl/home.html.
First floor entrance to the Youth Section
DVD collection and entrance to mini theater
I really love the futuristic look of these study pods