Hollywood loves lawyers. And they love judges, jurors, surprise witnesses, smoking guns and falsely accused heroes as well. Perhaps one of the reasons courtroom dramas are so reliable is that they follow a time honored protocol. Whether they’re plaintiffs or defendants, we’re on the side of a plucky upstart who needs the help of a determined legal hand to fight injustice. Usually it’s not just the characters being put on trial either. It’s the establishment, the system, the country, the past, and the future. No wonder there are so many great courtroom dramas, and Yale film professor Marc Lapadula will be discussing and analyzing the ten films below – some of the very best!