The Paper Chase

This evening I watched The Paper Chase with a few of the other law students here. For those of you that don't know, The Paper Chase is about a few law students (one in particular) going through their first year at Harvard Law School, with a particular focus on their contracts class (and it's professor). If you would like to get some idea of what law school is like, I recommend watching this movie as it has a lot of very accurate elements. In spite of its accuracy, The Paper Chase does not match up with my experience in a few key ways: none of my professors are quite as mean as Professor Kingsfield and none of my classmates are quite as self-servingly cutthroat as most of the other students in the movie. The movie does, however, give a seemingly accurate portrayal of the workload, class structure, stress levels, sleep deprivation and general style of the experience. I should like to add the caveat to everything previously said in this post that I've only finished one month of my first term and things could change dramatically between now and finals.


Hi. I was just wondering if you downloaded the movie somewhere. Our student council has been looking for a copy of the film for quite sometime now. We were hoping to feature it on a film showing activity in school.Unfortunately we couldn't get hold of a copy.

No, a friend of mine rented it from a video store. I had been trying to find a copy for download independently without any luck when I was invited over to watch it. I'm surprised that I haven't been able to find a copy online but, as such, I must apologize for not being able to help you. Sorry.

Hey. It's me again. Just wanted to let you know that I finally found a copy of the movie. :)

Well good for you. How'd you like it?

Well, apart from the hairstyle which bothered me quite a bit,; )I actually enjoyed it.

However, I think the love angle is just too hollywoodish. It just seems too much of a coincidence that Mr. Hart and his favorite professor's daughter would find each other and fall in love.

I also have an issue with the end scene. I couldn't quite grasp what James Hart's reason was for not opening and eventually throwing the grade printout. Maybe he wanted to liberate himself, or maybe it was a symbol of him changing his priorities. Whatever his reason, I don't think I'll ever appreciate the wisdom behind that last sequence.

And, I hate the tagline.

However, it has its good points.I like the classroom scenes. And they have a solid support cast. The characters are memorable (especially the study group- Ford, Bell etc.); and John Houseman is simply fantastic as the legendary Kingsfield.

So I'm sure I'll be watching the film again. Mushy scenes and unimaginative tagline notwithstanding. ; p


my dad wanted me to download this movie because he couldn't find it himself, and he really enjoyed watching it because it was what spurred him to study law, and eventually, become a lawyer.

so if you could help me out here seeing as i have not found an iota of hope on the net, i would be immensely grateful. it would mean a lot to me. thank you.

I have not found a copy of this movie on the Internet, in spite of having tried a number of times. Your best bet would probably be to check out your local library or video rental establishment.