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Could You Win Jeopardy's Legal-Themed Round?

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. | Last updated on

If you're a fan of Jeopardy!, the long-running game show hosted by Alex Trebek, then you already know: Monday's Double Jeopardy! round featured a whole column dedicated to law firms. Three contestants, all teachers, went head-to-head to see who had the quickest buzzer finger in town -- and who knew the most about the law. They did... alright.

Think you could have done better? Try answering the questions below.

I'll Take Law Firms for $800, Alex.

For those of you who are somehow not familiar with Jeopardy!, here's a quick intro. The show features a game board organized into categories. Under each category are hidden clues, organized by their value. The job of the contestants is to buzz in first and come up with the corresponding question. (Yes, contestants must answer in the form of a question, or their response won't count.) If they get it right, they get that cash. The game is organized into three rounds, Jeopardy!, Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy!, each harder than the one before.

So, for example, a category on "1L Case Law" might have a $800 answer along the lines of "This landmark tort case started after fireworks fell, toppling a scale and injuring a woman." Buzz in first and answer "What is Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad" and you've earned $800 clams.

The formula works. Jeopardy! was originally put together by Merv Griffin and has been on the air, with only a few years of interruption, since 1964. Alex Trebek has been hosting for more than 20 years and 7,000 episodes.

With such a history, the game was bound to get to law firms eventually.

Remember, Answer in the Form of a Question!

Enough background, here are the questions. Sorry, the clues! Once you've given each one a shot, scroll down below for the correct responses.

For $400: Sidley Austin of K Street can help you with this activity of making Congressmen see an issue your way.

For $800: Try Falangetti & Weimortz for your criminal case - they've both been on the other side as deputy these.

For $1,200: A law firm as well as an individual may file a friend of the court brief, known by this Latin term.

For $1,600: Tops for patent litigation per U.S. News & World Report, Fish & Richardson specializes in IP, short for this.

For $2,000 and the Daily Double: Vince Foster was once a partner at Rose Law Firm, which claims the title of oldest in this state.

Think you got them? Here are the correct responses:

$400: What is lobbying.
$800: What is district attorneys.
$1,200: What is amicus.
$1,600: What is intellectual property.
$2,000: What is Arkansas.

If you swept the category, remember, Jeopardy! is always looking for new contestants.

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