The Paper Chase (1978–1979) was a one-hour drama series directed by James Bridges. The show was based on the 1973 movie which, in turn, had been based on the 1970 novel written by John Jay Osborn. The book tells the story of an idealistic first-year law student from rural Minnesota attending an unnamed New England law school, clearly reminiscent of Harvard, and his experiences with the brilliant, demanding professor of contract law whom he both idolizes and finds intimidating.
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- Professor Kingsfield (John Houseman, in the opening credits of each first-season episode): The study of law is something new and unfamiliar to most of you -- unlike any other schooling you've ever known before. You teach yourselves the law, but I train your minds. You come in here with a skull full of mush, and, if you survive, you leave thinking like a lawyer.