Film and Television Recommendations 2020

In need of a movie or TV show recommendation? Grab a snack and sit back with these legal-themed picks. (And if you exhaust this list, check out our past recommendations!)




If you want a modern take on classic procedural dramas:

The Good Fight

A recent spin-off of the show The Good Wife, The Good Fight follows Diane Lockhart’s return to legal practice after a ponzi scheme wipes her retirement savings. While the show is set in Chicago,  it definitely shoots in New York, so you might run into them filming around the city!


If mergers and acquisitions are your thing:


Running a family business can prove to be a bit tricky, at least when that business is an international media conglomerate. This is another NYC show, so you’ll again recognize some familiar skyline views.


If you want an adaptation of a New York Times Bestseller:

Just Mercy

This is a film adaptation of founder of the Equal Rights Initiative, Bryan Stevenson’s autobiographical book of the same name. CLS Professor Edward Morrison has credited the book with inspiring his own work.


If you want a class action lawsuit:

Dark Waters

Dark Waters tells the true story of attorney Robert Bilott as he takes on chemical manufacturer DuPont upon learning they’ve been knowingly polluting the town’s water supply.


If  you’re looking for a mini-series:

When They See Us

Ava DuVernay’s Emmy Award-winning mini-series recounts the true story of five teenage boys from Harlem (known as the Central Park Five), falsely convicted and imprisoned in 1989.


If you want an Academy Award-winning performance:

Marriage Story

Navigating a bicoastal divorce, Nicole and Charlie are both trying to win custody of their son. The film won Laura Dern an Oscar for her portrayal of a Los Angeles, celebrity family lawyer, Nora Fanshaw.


If you want a period drama:

Mrs. America

This mini-series highlights the ensemble of women who worked to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, and the opposition they faced, in the 1970s.