Jerry O'Connell Puts Law School on Hold to Play a Lawyer on TV in CBS Show "The Defenders"

Wednesday, May 19, 2010  |  Updated 8:16 PM EDT
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Jerry O'Connell Puts Law School on Hold to Play a Lawyer on TV in CBS Show "The Defenders"

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Jerry O'Connell is ready to try career number two. The actor, best known for his roles in Stand by Me and TV's Crossing Jordan, is attending Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

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Jerry O'Connell hopes to get school credit for his new acting gig.

He'll play a lawyer on the new CBS television show "The Defenders" this fall alongside Jim Belushi. In real life, he recently finished his first year at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

CBS describes "The Defenders" as a comedic drama about two colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys.

The 36-year-old O'Connell says "The Defenders" is a little more complicated than the basics he learned in his first year of law school but he was able to recognize some tidbits.

Law school is on hold while O'Connell plays a lawyer on TV. But he says he plans to get his degree.

O'Connell previously starred inthe TV series "Crossing Jordan" and "Carpoolers." His movie credits include "Stand by Me" and "Jerry Maguire."

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