Ford becomes the victim of identify theft and is arrested by police and jailed. Although friends Hart, Golden, and even Kingsfield rescue him, his brush with reality leaves his presumption of the rectitude of the legal system badly shaken.
Potential honors graduates agonize over their final class standing. The job Zeiss wants depends on his graduating with honors. Mrs. Nottingham gets sued. Everyone learns to settle, some with Kingsfield's nudging.
A party themed "Supressed Desries" is being thrown, wherein the students get to as something they wish they could be other than a lawyer. When there's an art competition. Kiernan decides to enter but it clashes with her studies.
As Hart and the other 3Ls graduate, Hart learns what others think of him: friend Ford, Professor Tyler, and Kingsfield, who has final lessons to teach Hart. Hart sums up his relationship with Kingsfield in his commencement address.