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The Paper Chase (1973) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Serious, hard-working student James T. Hart faces the rigors of his first year at Harvard Law School. The pressure to succeed is tremendous and some of the students form study groups while also spending a great many hours studying. Hart's greatest challenge is contract law and his professor, Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. Using the Socratic method, Kingsfield challenges his students with questions demanding accuracy and creativity in their responses and often humiliating those who are unable to respond. As the school year progresses, Hart faces many challenges but befriends Susan Fields - unaware that she has a connection that affects their relationship. Finally, Hart accommodates himself to whatever might come his way, accepting a new set of priorities in his life.

    - Written by garykmcd
  • James T. Hart is a serious, hard-working student who recently graduated from the University of Minnesota. A first year law student at Harvard Law School, he desperately tries to impress his sternest professor, Charles W. Kingsfield Jr. As the school year progresses, Hart is overwhelmed with the pressure, the work, and his fear of failure. He meets Susan Fields and begins a love affair with her, discovering that she is Kingsfield's daughter. Hart finally accommodates himself to whatever might come his way, accepting a new set of priorities in his life.

    - Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>
  • A first-year law student at Harvard Law School struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter of his sternest professor.

    - Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

Synopsis

Insecure but entitled midwesterner Hart arrives at Harvard Law School. During the first day of class...

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