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Law in Popular Culture (LPOP) Collection

Need a break from studying? The Law in Popular Culture Collection (LPOP) is located on the 2nd floor of the Library, behind the Library stairwell.


Check out law-related television shows, feature films, documentaries, and mini-series. All the videos either include a lawyer as a central character or have law-related themes. Popular titles include The Wire and My Cousin Vinny. You can browse the collection in person or you can browse online. There's even a viewing area if you want to watch them in the Library. Videos can be checked out for 3 days and are especially popular on weekends. We make this collection available only to the law school community.

The LPOP Collection also includes works of fiction in all genres, as well as legal humor, plays, comics, and pulp magazines. The primary criteria for an item's inclusion is that it must either include a lawyer as a central character or have been authored by a lawyer. To help you decide what to check out, you can browse the fiction collection online. Books in the collection can be checked out for 3 weeks.


Classic Works About Law School

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Paper Chase - John Jay Osborn, Jr.
Call Number: PS 3565 S38 P3
Multiple editions available. A best-selling book and award-winning film and television series, The Paper Chase is at its heart the story of a wide-eyed innocent who finds himself in a zero-sum game with a law professor.

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Paper Chase
Original feature film on DVD. Expecting only the basic pressures of attending Harvard Law School, a serious, hard-working student (Timothy Bottoms) finds himself the fearful adversary of the school's most imperious, sarcastic professor (John Houseman).

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One L - Scott Turow
Call Number: KF 373 T88 A33
Multiple editions available. It was a year of terrors and triumphs, of depressions and elations, of compulsive work, pitiless competition, and, finally, mass hysteria. It was Scott Turow's first year at the oldest, biggest, most esteemed center of legal education in the United States.


Carrying on UT Law School Traditions

Do you wonder why the law school is on Dean Keeton Street? For answers to this and other questions, you can count on Tarlton's Rare Books & Special Collections staff. They have developed many online exhibits and hold many materials relating to the history and traditions of the law school. Collections vary from the history of the Texas Law Review to an assemblage of UT Law School t-shirts.

Some of the online exhibits of particular interest to law school students include:

  • Assault & Flattery: originally a talent show in which various law school groups competed during Law Day in the 1950s, Assault & Flattery developed into a complex parody of law school that is now a beloved tradition;
  • Charles Alan Wright's Legal Eagles: a history of the law school's intramural football team that was led by one of the nation’s leading authorities on federal courts and constitutional law;
  • Dr. Samuel Peterson: memories from a professor who taught at UT Law School a hundred years ago give a sense of what your experience in law school would have been like 100 years ago;
  • Peregrinus, the law school's mascot and the history behind it;
  • UT School of Law Buildings Photographs: spans the different buildings that have housed the law school since the 1880s.
  • UT School of Law Early Deans 1902-1974: an overview of seven deans who had an impact on the development of the law school.

Dean Keeton

Dean Page Keeton

Rare Books & Special Collections is housed on the library's 4th floor and contains a treasure trove of materials relating to the law school's history. Feel free to stop by to learn more through an in-person visit.


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