While a very funny movie about taking the bar exam in California called "A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar" came out earlier this year, there haven't been many movies made about the law school experience itself in a while. That's why Porter Heath Morgan decided to do a documentary about a law school student's first year --- while he was in law school himself. His movie "The Trials of Law School" premiered at the 20th annual Dallas Video Festival last weekend. Morgan, who studied film while he was an undergraduate at Southern Methodist University, says friends urged him to make the documentary while he was a third-year law student at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. "People started saying you've got to do a film about law school. 'The Paper Chase' is 30 years old," says Morgan, who now works at his dad's law firm, Morgan & Associates, in Oklahoma City. In the movie, he follows seven law students through their first semester, showing bits of their family lives, class time, hours upon hours of studying and final exams. While enlightening, the film didn't capture any law student meltdowns because Morgan's subjects were pretty well adjusted. Three of them, who have relocated to Dallas for law jobs, showed up at the premiere and spoke to the audience afterward about the film and their lives. One of them, Braden Metcalf, is now an associate with Dallas' Shamoun Klatsky Norman. His new job isn't that much different than being a 1L, he told the audience. "Same hours, but I get a paycheck this time."
-- John Council