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Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) has it all. She's the President of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But, there's just one thing stopping Warner (Matthew Davis) from popping the question: Elle is too blonde. Growing up across the street from Aaron Spelling might mean something in Los Angeles, California, but nothing to Warner's East-Coast blue blood family. So, when Warner packs up for Harvard Law and reunites with an old sweetheart from prep school, Elle rallies all her resources and gets into Harvard, determined to win him back. But law school is a far cry from the comforts of her poolside and the mall. Elle must wage the battle of her life, for her guy, for herself and for all the blondes who suffer endless indignities everyday.
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I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. I love watching legal movies and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are ridiculous. Today I'm taking a break from representing clients and teaching law students how to kick ass in law school to take on lawyers in the movies and on TV. While all legal movies and shows take dramatic license to make things more interesting (nobody wants to see hundreds of hours of brief writing), many of them have a grain of truth. This is part of a continuing series of "Lawyer Reaction" videos. Got a legal movie or TV show you'd like me to critique? Let me know in the comments!
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  • Objection! "Im in law school" is an amazing pick up line and yes, you just wasted your life /j

    • LOLOLOL •• LOLOLOL •4 tuntia sitten
  • I like his tie

    Ispeek RandomIspeek Random12 tuntia sitten
  • Being intelligent has nothing to do with being knowledgeable. You can know little but be incredibly proficient at using that knowledge, or know a lot but incapable of efficiently using it. Knowledge is learning information. Intelligence is the capacity to use the knowledge you have.

    AmplifiedYeeshAmplifiedYeesh14 tuntia sitten
  • I sat through hours of your videos and there's only one that has to do with Law and Order but I do know there's there seems to be a quite anglicized Philosophy of Law being reacted to and so I'm hoping you will instead take into consideration maybe going over Law & Order Special Victims Unit SVU because I feel a lot of the videos are lacking the same philosophical diversity that our justice system is lacking I'm very curious at least on the last two seasons of Special Victims Unit what you have to say about the trial oriented episodes.

    Amber MadisonAmber Madison14 tuntia sitten
  • The guy who decided the range for the LSAT ius the same one that decided the range for credit scores.

    xAbominationxxAbominationx15 tuntia sitten
  • "if they say they're going to bar review, yeah, that's what that means" *looks horrified in new understanding of stepdad*

    Splithoof RiveraSplithoof Rivera17 tuntia sitten
  • HARKNESS DISCUSSIONS (aka socratic) god i hate them

    Autri BasuAutri Basu17 tuntia sitten
  • OBJECTION!! React on 'Defending Jacob'

    Irfan NafiIrfan Nafi18 tuntia sitten
  • I'm surprised how accurate it was.

    Luca BennitoLuca Bennito18 tuntia sitten
  • Legally blonde is an underrated smart and progressive movie. It ssubverts the prejudice that good looking, cheerful, well dressed women can't go in a career of their choice. I love her bunny outfit

    F CF C21 tunti sitten
  • i got a 160 on the LSAT with no prep, is that considered ok?

    Blue iceBlue ice23 tuntia sitten
  • To be fair, the scene where Elle tries to force her friend's ex-lover into relinquishing the dog is meant to sound like legal gibberish. She's blinding him with BS, faking it because she knows the ex won't know what she's talking about. That's why she sounds like she's making it up. Because she is. But yeah, bad news to pretend to be an attorney.

    Historian212Historian212Päivä sitten
  • Subscribed. Thank you.

    Ms. ChuisinMs. ChuisinPäivä sitten
  • Sad he didn't talk about the whole shower thing at the end. That was nuts, right?

    KyKyPäivä sitten
  • I like watching videos of professionals reacting to films depicting realistic or false practices in their field. It’s fun! I wanna watch more!

    Danny SimionDanny SimionPäivä sitten
  • Objection! She's not bullying a layperson. She's bullying an asshat.

    Dustin JohnsonDustin JohnsonPäivä sitten
  • Legally blond is so cute.

    Michelle EspinoMichelle EspinoPäivä sitten
  • Remember your tie should be darker than your suit.

    Dr. Barry CohnDr. Barry CohnPäivä sitten
  • He didn’t watch the best bit at the end!

    Eilidh DuffyEilidh DuffyPäivä sitten
  • You should do to kill a mockingbird

    redraphTCredraphTC2 päivää sitten
  • Take note: Legal Eagle wound up suing the US government before he finally got around to reviewing Legally Blonde.

    Stevie PStevie P2 päivää sitten
  • Legally Blind I had to double take. .

    S K Y DaddyS K Y Daddy2 päivää sitten
  • Objection! Undergraduate grades are more important that a good LSAT score. Law schools have determined that any person bright enough can do well on a test, but the grades from their undergraduate work are more indicative of their overall potential for success in school.

    Matt WilliamsMatt Williams2 päivää sitten
  • This guy looks like he jumped out of a Pixar movie ngl

    Nicole YingNicole Ying2 päivää sitten
  • Perfect way to present the people that sponsor you

    Stormy ChrietzbergStormy Chrietzberg2 päivää sitten
  • Objection! The defence counsel was looking for an alibi. They wanted to establish Mrs. Windham was not at the scene of the crime when the murder happened. They didn't care if there was an alternative witness. They only wanted to clear her.

    Sinead MeaderSinead Meader2 päivää sitten
  • I'm a medical student, watching a video about law school at 3 in the morning

    Saizal LalitSaizal Lalit2 päivää sitten
  • My non law uni also used the Socratic method of teaching, it drove everyone in class mental. They also made you take a few classes on rhetoric and ancient rhetoric. A load of Cicero, Aristotle etc.😬

    Natalie MutterNatalie Mutter2 päivää sitten
  • My high school and non-law university also used the socratic method a lot so I wouldn't call law schools "the last bastion"

    frostybrandonfrostybrandon2 päivää sitten
  • Took a CJ course last quarter. Made me feel smart knowing what mala in se and mala prohibita were for about 2 seconds. XD

    K shK sh2 päivää sitten
  • 23:45 a very similar story to my own *i too was a blond girl back then* ... wait what!?

    Miguel SanchezMiguel Sanchez2 päivää sitten
  • Do Fracture

    Terrence SchultzTerrence Schultz2 päivää sitten
  • 10:43 Wait, there's an error. "Thanks, we hate it!" - All Students. Okay, fixed it for you.

    Taylor WisemanTaylor Wiseman3 päivää sitten
  • Objection! You didn't cover the final moments of the movie/trial before you made you summary argument and gave your final grade.

    Roger CarrierRoger Carrier3 päivää sitten
  • Give it up buddy, where did you go to law school?

    Terri GelbaumTerri Gelbaum3 päivää sitten
  • I'm a history teacher from Argentina. I just love this aproach to movies and series. Compare the true facts of a profession with their movie recreation is incredibly fun and, also, quite interesting. As you on the legal field, when my colleagues and I cross our paths with a historical film, we spend hours analizing their autenticity (it's sad to say that have lower grades than those you give to legal films 🤣) and their views in our jobs in the field.

    romina martinezromina martinez3 päivää sitten
  • Can you review Philadelphia?

    dancechicadancechica3 päivää sitten
  • Elle's professor gave a T&A award instead of a TA award.

    hoibshhoibsh3 päivää sitten
  • Hi, I'm here to say thank you so much for not having a running musical soundtrack underneath all of your analysis. There were some sound effects and some music from the movie. That's okay. But other FIstreamrs include a continuous musical backdrop. I find that really distracting, unpleasant, and unnecessary. I'm so grateful you didn't have it. I will watch more of your videos! 🧑🏿‍⚖️🗽⚖️🇺🇸

    SufinessSufiness3 päivää sitten
  • 15:28 Why is he tightening down on the turret while the tool is cutting the part? At best it will move the tool a bit and it will not be an accurate cut. At worst the turret will move a lot, the tool will bind on the part, ripping the tool out of the turret and flinging it into someone at high speed.

    Captian MorganCaptian Morgan3 päivää sitten
  • I feel like he missed the point of the scene where she lied about being an attorney to that guy. None of her terminology was supposed to make sense. She was just pulling random buzzwords she heard in class to confuse the guy.

    tessa hartmantessa hartman3 päivää sitten
  • He is hot damn... grhhh

    Nenad PopovicNenad Popovic3 päivää sitten
    • I-um? you ok😅?

      Luther Morris JrLuther Morris JrPäivä sitten
  • I love how it cuts from the scene where she is appearing crazy for asking about a social calendar to her sitting in a scheduled social circle.

    Denise WrefordDenise Wreford3 päivää sitten
  • Omg! I should have been a lawyer!

    Think TashaThink Tasha3 päivää sitten
  • legal eagle: first point he makes is that Warner is a dumb-dumb Me: i like this

    Michelle TranMichelle Tran3 päivää sitten
  • "Why?" Think Paper Chase. Everyone wants to be John Houseman.

    FD 2003FD 20033 päivää sitten
  • I was a subscriber back when you were < 100K. Just saying.

    FD 2003FD 20033 päivää sitten
  • Am I the only one who had Socratic seminars throughout all of high school?

    Zion MeierZion Meier3 päivää sitten
  • He should do legally blonde 2, I feel there is much more legal terms and situations in that one....

    Samantha JohnsonSamantha Johnson3 päivää sitten
  • im the 1,604,001st viewer. sorry i ruined it

    No one:No one:3 päivää sitten
    • How could you that😡😂

      Luther Morris JrLuther Morris JrPäivä sitten
  • Ohhh 😂😂😂 So, due to produce the body, "I'M TAKING THE DOG, DUMB*SS!"

    mah0817mah08173 päivää sitten

    Brenda MitchellBrenda Mitchell4 päivää sitten
  • I just want to note that Warner - from a family of senators, probably got a reasonable score on the LSAT's due to knowing law his entire life - got *WAIT-LISTED* and had to call his dad to get him in and Elle - coming from an undergrad of fashion merchandising, probably doesn't know a single federal law off the top of her head - got into the next term. Just reminding everyone that this is canon fact

    ScorBug92ScorBug924 päivää sitten
  • Dang. What a handsome daddy.

    Kimi CoxKimi Cox4 päivää sitten
  • The socratic method is a really good tool for debating and for therapy, for two different reasons. In therapy, we as therapists don't know the answer necessarily, though we may have gleaned enough to have an educated theory about what we are discussing with the client. Even if we do know (e.g. Identified a behavioral pattern not currently identified by the client), it is generally much more useful for a client to come to the conclusion with gentle leading than for us to "give them" the answer. For debating, it's exactly because it causes the opponent to shut down.

    iPsychlopsiPsychlops4 päivää sitten
  • Can I suggest a crazy idea? How about: At the end of A Christmas Story, what damages would the Bumpuses owe in small claims court?

    SuperSaiyanMusashiSuperSaiyanMusashi4 päivää sitten
  • I love it

    Mari AnimatesMari Animates4 päivää sitten
  • First of, I love you. Discovered this channel recently. Secondly, I'm so sad you mislead people about Socrates method so much in this video! Actually the method is about asking questions and turning the lesson into a dialogue with the students (a pacific nice dialogue) where the teacher stimulates curiosity and participation instead of the classic I-talk-you-listen lecture that is terribly boring and could be easily substituted by reading the book directly. I've been teaching for more than 15 years as a side job and I always use this method with excellent results and super stimulating chats with students who, by the way, love me like crazy, lol. If the teacher wants to corner students and make them feel stupid, that's a jerk, it doesn't have to do with the socratic method, which is really not at all about that.

    LindaLinda4 päivää sitten
  • I dated a guy bc he was in law school lol.

    dis murrartdis murrart5 päivää sitten
  • Remember that quid pro quo situation when you told me to kiss you and I could be your secretary with the hefty pay raise every year I never told nobody and I enjoy being your secretary

    Duffy UnknownDuffy Unknown5 päivää sitten
  • Please review some episodes from Drop Ded Diva. I really loved that show!

    Luiza MLuiza M5 päivää sitten
  • Nothing to say but please do the second one!!!

    CrazyGirl3264CrazyGirl32645 päivää sitten
  • 14:15 That doggy deserves the Pet Penalty.

    RCrazRCraz5 päivää sitten
  • "East Coast people are different" I'm from the East Coast and I can support that statement. 😂

    Taunna TeeTaunna Tee5 päivää sitten
  • Legal Eagle did not go to law school in Wyoming, obviously. We had tailgates at the law school every other weekend with free beer.

    Tia HamptonTia Hampton5 päivää sitten
  • Fun fact about the Socratic method, we in truth have very little evidence from Socrates himself about is life and style he was notorious for thinking that writing stuff down ruined your memory (apparently) indeed the vast majority of information we have on Socrates comes from his student Plato and is subject to all the Human biases we can imagine. As such aside from the Socratic method being flawed its source material is biased yeah it is a rather irrelevant fact but hey I love the classicists.

    Kit FoxKit Fox5 päivää sitten
  • Why am I seeing this, I am not even a US citizen

    Dev MehtaDev Mehta5 päivää sitten
  • I want to object to your statement that the equitable division of resources wouldn't apply in the common law marriage scene at 17:30 ish, but I'm not a lawyer. However, I've done enough research into common law marriage and common law divorce to know that a common law marriage could very easily be acknowledged as legal thus meaning all statutes of divorce would apply to that Union. As such, it just seems a little prematurely dismissive on your part, no offense, to casually dismiss the validity of Elle's statement. (if I'm wrong, I look forward to being corrected so that I know the actualities of the situation.)

    Borach McTeagueBorach McTeague5 päivää sitten
  • OMG. here in canada, first year in law school was basically just activities and drinking games.

    OnceUponATime InAMovieOnceUponATime InAMovie5 päivää sitten
  • I'm actually curious about what you thought about the last scene with the dead husband's daughter and how Elle was able to get her to confess. Would you say that that is accurate? Or were they taking creative license with that scene?

    SilverWolf MachilusSilverWolf Machilus6 päivää sitten
  • Her video for the admission is legendary!!!

    Emma DEmma D6 päivää sitten
  • these videos are very entertaining and incredibly edited

    Eric D.Eric D.6 päivää sitten
  • wait... you didn't even do the final court scene like, I was waiting to hear your take on that

    Alfred Walthamstow JohnsonAlfred Walthamstow Johnson6 päivää sitten
  • At least the professor didn’t straight up kiss Ella like he did in the musical version

    שחר אטדגישחר אטדגי6 päivää sitten
  • Can you expand on the whole “rather or not you’re guilty depending on your mental state” thing? You know, Mathologer explained a very complex formula in a way even Homer Simpson can understand, would you be able to do that with mens rea?

    שחר אטדגישחר אטדגי6 päivää sitten
    • IANAL (tee hee) but: "Mens rea" literally means "guilty mind" and it's basically taking into account your mental state when you committed the crime. Your state of mind while the crime was committed is part of what makes you guilty. Examples: 1) You want to get revenge on someone who stole your fiancee. You stalk this person for months on end until the right opportunity opens up, then make them dig their own grave, and shoot them in the head. 2) You are a robber. You don't really want to kill anyone, you intend for the gun to just be for show. But when you hold up a convenience store, one of the customers is trying to be a hero and fight you, so you shoot and kill that customer in the fracas. 3) You carry a gun in your car for protection, but you are prone to road rage. Someone cuts you off in traffic, so in a blind rage you take out your gun and kill that person. 4) You live out in the American countryside and It's the fourth of July. You fire your gun into the air to celebrate the holiday. The bullet kills someone when it comes down. 5) You are elderly and have severe dementia. You have a gun in your hand but don't recognize it as a gun. You fire it and kill someone, you don't know why, and you don't know who it is you killed. 6) Someone is handing you their gun for the first time. You have never held one before and have not been trained in firearms. Furthermore, the owner of the gun mistakenly told you it'd be okay because the safety was on but it was actually off (which you didn't realize because you don't know these things). While you're holding the gun, a nearby car backfires, startling you and making you drop the gun, which fires and ends up killing the owner. In all these cases, the outcome is the same, which is that one person has been killed by a gun. But the perpetrator of the crime is treated differently due to their differing states of mind when committing that crime. The first instance would be punished most harshly, because it is premeditated, you were thinking about it and you had a lot of time to talk yourself out of it, you could have calmed down, but you didn't. The second instance is "felony murder", which is when you kill someone while committing another crime, and it's usually second degree murder (I think). You may not have meant to murder someone but you did mean to do that other felony. And while four, five, and six are all accidents, #4 would still be punished as a crime (reckless or negligent homicide, maybe depraved heart murder? IDK I think it depends on the jurisidiction and I'm not a lawyer); a reasonable person should know that firing a gun anywhere is dangerous and might result in someone's death. But it still wouldn't be punished as harshly as any of the first three. I think #6 wouldn't be any kind of crime at all, but I'm not sure, I tried to come up with a genuine no-culpability situation but I realize it's kinda hard with guns. In the movie, they were talking about "diminished capacity", as in, you can't be held fully liable for your actions because your mind was not guilty (mens rea) because you somehow couldn't understand what it was you were doing because you're sick or something, mens rea doesn't apply because your mind isn't capable of being guilty. This would be example 5, the severe dementia. Someone who is that mentally ill can't possibly "mean it", you know? Apologies for any inaccuracies but this is how I understand it. Again not a lawyer.

      Anne LooneyAnne Looney6 päivää sitten
  • I find it funny that the Conservatorium for Dramatic Acts in New York users the same application method as Harvard (two letters of recommendation, a good major and a personal essay, not necessarily submitted in that order)

    שחר אטדגישחר אטדגי6 päivää sitten
  • 1:42 Wait… his brother is top three is the top ranking law school and he’s attending the second ranking? Wow, I’d feel bad for him if he didn’t deserve that

    שחר אטדגישחר אטדגי6 päivää sitten
  • You’re telling me you’re a lawyer, an educator AND a FIstreamr and you’re still a virgin?!! I guess r/niceguys were right, girls really do have something again educated well mannered people

    שחר אטדגישחר אטדגי6 päivää sitten
  • Okay, what falling star lit a horseshoe in a field of clovers when a dove was pooping on me for this to be in my recommended?!!

    שחר אטדגישחר אטדגי6 päivää sitten
  • socratic method is not actually bad, it's more in the execution and how it is used.,.

    Aoi SoraAoi Sora6 päivää sitten
  • I’m surprised by the B-. I thought with all of the inaccuracies concerning the law malpractice and Elle pretending to be a lawyer it would have received a C.

    Jennifer GadoskyJennifer Gadosky6 päivää sitten
  • They're not in the first semester the entire movie. The timeline moves quite quickly and the internship is the year after. It ends with Elle graduating.

    Serena PSerena P6 päivää sitten
  • Something i feel like he missed with the whole best friend's ex boyfriend scene is that she was simply spouting legal mumbo jumbo to intimidate him to give her friend her stuff. When she asks "do you know what is?" She's seeing if she can pull off the bluff, because he doesn't know what she's talking about it, to help her friend, even if she doesn't have the legal know-how to actually do it just yet.

    Fitimi ArtFitimi Art7 päivää sitten
  • Lots of fun stuff. I'm really enjoying it. But your report of the movie events is inaccurate at minute 19. The issue is indeed the defendant's alibi, not an alternate suspect. Elle has learned the alibi from the defendant, but been sworn to secrecy because the alibi, in addition to proving her innocence, would ruin her reputation and career. The alternate suspect who appears later is a surprise to everyone, including Elle. I liked all you did, but I was disappointed you did not give your opinion of the big trial at the end.

    Sid KempSid Kemp7 päivää sitten
  • I have a feeling the lawyer didn't watch the movie, he just asked someone to give him the important clips. You can tell when he says he feels bad when Elle is "bullying" a layman, I'm certain if he knew the guy was abusive and a pos, he wouldn't feel bad. That's probably also why some scenes like the final case are missing too.

    PercabethPercabeth7 päivää sitten
  • "Is I go to law school a Good pickup line?" Gold diggers: "yes"

    Sarah StotlerSarah Stotler7 päivää sitten
  • I just noticed the dots on his tie

    Trousle personTrousle person7 päivää sitten
  • Loved the pink tie in honour of Elle Woods 😅🎀

    cxmilita_cxmilita_7 päivää sitten
  • No, they actually needed an alibi.. that Elle had, but she didn’t want to say it due to her promising she wouldn’t since they were sorority sisters.... the lady got liposuction lol but had exercise videos so the alibi would have ruined her career..

    SUSYSUSY7 päivää sitten
  • Have you ever watched that video story [ can't remember whether it's a movie or tv show ] from several years ago called THE PAPER CHASE ?? One of the main characters was a stern older man who was totally infamous for scaring 1Ls into total submission. One of his rules was "The last person to show up for class on the first day has to wear the shroud of invisibility for the whole class. You will never be called on and you will never be asked for your opinion. " Our naive young hero protagonist is the unlucky recipient. He decides to fight back by cutting obvious eyeholes in the fabric [ yes it was an actual piece of fabric ] and shooting angry daggers from his eyes at the professor during every single class. The professor decides to give up the act and treat him like a normal student after about ten class meetings.

    Gwin WillisGwin Willis7 päivää sitten
  • Jane

    Nandi AberdeenNandi Aberdeen7 päivää sitten
  • Ahhh yes one of my favorite concepts: "Don't assume too much"

    Gwin WillisGwin Willis7 päivää sitten
  • In my personal and trivial opinion, I am ten times more attracted to a man who says "I'm a 1L law student" than I am to a guy who says "I'm a first year med student"

    Gwin WillisGwin Willis7 päivää sitten
  • where's the final trial scene where Elle wins her first case as a lawyer?

    Vivien LeeVivien Lee7 päivää sitten
  • Just FYI, for an engineering bachelor degree, if you can autoCAD a hammer and build it out, you can get an A. Don’t be fooled by films - building fancy machineries like a drone for a basic degree. Nicely and precisely implementation of engineering mathematics and principles are the testing points, not how commercially nice your build looks like.

    Tzy WgTzy Wg7 päivää sitten
  • Disliking the Socratic method is the sign of a weak mind.

    Aaron SomervilleAaron Somerville7 päivää sitten
  • 19:08 actually she had an alibi but was refusing to give it because it would ruin her exercise business (liposuction!) so they actually were trying to convince her to give her alibi

    CC7 päivää sitten
  • Everyone know, that was silly comedy. Why this explanation? It is even more silly.

    Zinitaxo ZinitaxoZinitaxo Zinitaxo7 päivää sitten
  • The internship happened during the summer

    Juan ChavezJuan Chavez7 päivää sitten
  • how i met your mother law school party react

    Daniel NascimentoDaniel Nascimento8 päivää sitten