Category Archive: Legal TV Shows

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Making A Lawyer-er

When you’re studying for the LSAT, you have to maintain a good work-work balance. Like, don’t spend all your time studying for the Reading Comprehension section. Also study for Logic Games. Don’t spend all your time doing practice tests. Also spend time perseverating about your time management. Balance.

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Our Favorite TV Lawyers

With your favorite shows back on TV, you’ll be replacing your days of beach hanging with nights of TV watching (not that you ever do anything besides study for the LSAT, of course). Let’s talk about some of our favorite characters on TV with a law degree. Who said procrastination can’t have a motivational element?

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Why Everyone Pursuing a Legal Career Should Watch Suits

In the iconic Superman comic series and film, Clark Kent strips off his workplace attire to perform heroic acts. “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive,” Superman has graced the American cultural psyche for decades because his physical powers, by the very definition of his name, exceed those of a normal human.

The television series Suits gives us a Superman for the modern era—only this time, the protagonist puts on his suit to kick epic ass. The very title of the show is a double entendre that references both the suave apparel of these legal warriors and their weapon of choice, the lawsuit. But in the realm of motions, briefs, and crisp, impeccable tailoring, the hero isn’t a guy who can outdo a bullet or a train. It’s a guy who can outdo a brain—most brains, actually.

The protagonist of the show, Mike Ross (played by Patrick J. Adams), is a genius with a photographic (aka “eidetic”) memory of every legal text he’s ever read.

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Other TV Shows for Law School Professors to Use in Class

Law students rejoice! There is now a distinct possibility that you could be watching quite possibly the best television crime drama of all time as a homework assignment.

That’s right, a professor at William & Mary Law has been using The Wire to teach Criminal Law. According to the professor, the show is useful as a teaching tool because, unlike most crime drama, it approaches the constitutional and societal issues of crime from a realistic perspective. Are there other shows that share The Wire’s realism? Not so much. That said, there are still other shows that could be of use in the law school context.

Let’s start with any courtroom drama ever. Take any permutation of Law and Order, for example. What happens in those shows?

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Top 3 Legal TV Shows I Didn’t Watch in 2011

When I was contemplating how to write a post on legal TV shows, something dawned on me: Aside from delightful Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler-filled SVU re-runs, I don’t really watch legal TV shows. Cops shows? Sure. I live to see what cheesy one-liner will end the opening scene of CSI:Miami. You know, the one Horatio will say right before you hear this. Sitcoms? No prob. Nothing and no one brings me quite the same joy that Ron Swanson can. But legal TV shows have never really scratched any of my itches (aside from a brief tryst I had with The Practice back in high school). That said, I did some digging and found a few legal TV shows that both you and I might want to give a shot in the New Year (assuming they get/got renewed).

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Lights, Camera, Alex: No One’s Greater than Spader

If any of you live with or know someone whose profession is one oft-featured on television or in film (lawyer, doctor, etc.) then you are surely well acquainted with the incessant, “That’s not how it happens in real life!” bellyaching.

Well I hope you like it, because here comes some more!

As part of reading this post, I’m going to ask you to drink in one minute and forty-four seconds of Boston Legal, courtesy of this performance by James Spader:

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TV Review: Law & Order: Los Angeles

If you have any interest in law school, or if you’ve ever owned a television, then you have seen a few episodes of Law & Order. While dozens of wannabe network spin-offs have tried to replicate its magic, few have come close. I mean, the show aired for TWENTY seasons, giving us 456 episodes where we could follow along as complex capital crimes were investigated and prosecuted in a tidy 44 minutes.

I have no doubt that there are some lawyers out there today who went to law school mainly because they were inspired by Jack McCoy, the most bad-ass fictional district attorney of all time. If you watched any Law & Order, you know that defense attorneys going up against Mr. McCoy had no chance.

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The Defenders: Catch It On CBS (While You Still Can)

Here at Most Strongly Supported, we try our best to post a new law school / legal related post every day to satisfy your rapacious Pre-Law minds. We want to keep you posted on relevant topics, such as the controversial U.S. News and World Report Law School rankings, who you’re going to meet in law school, and infallible (if not random) LSAT predictions. If you are familiar with Blueprint Prep you also know that we get excited when pop culture and the legal world collide (however soft that collision may be). This was clearly evident several months ago in Blueprint founder Trent Teti’s sardonic 2-part review of ABC’s short-lived legal dramedy, The Deep End.

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The Deep End, Part II

The second episode of The Deep End aired last night and whereas the premiere was so bad it was good, this week’s installment was merely mundane.

After watching the last week’s episode, I’d expected that the show might turn into a drinking game, in which after each legal error that a seven year-old could spot one took a shot (though one would probably have died of alcohol poisoning by the first commercial break).  However, this week simply built on last week’s ridiculous assumptions and failed to add further hilarity.

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The Deep End: ABC’s Vision of a First Year Associate’s Life

Last night ABC aired its new legal drama, The Deep End.  I could argue that The Deep End demonstrates that screenwriting as a serious craft is dead, but if you’ve watched any three-letter network lately (other than HBO), you know that already.

Every decade or so, someone in TV land who narrowly escaped a career in law decides the world would be fascinated by watching the lives of lawyers.  In a better world, we would cast stones at such people and leave their utterly implausible and trumped up shows unwatched.  In our world, LA Law was a Thursday night staple for nearly a decade in the late 80’s and Ally McBeal helped establish Fox as a serious network in the late 90’s.