Here’s a list of tv shows every law student should watch. Although they are fictional and do not represent the legal profession accurately, they are an introduction to legal terms and judicial procedures in the field. They may have even been an inspiration to some to pursue this career.
Suits is one of the shows every law student should watch. Heck, everyone should watch Suits!The show is based on Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, who finds himself working for one of New York’s best lawyers while on the run from a drug deal gone bad. Harvey recognizes his raw talent and takes up a big brother role, mentoring him through difficult cases and Mike soon realizes that his photographic memory is not enough to make it as a lawyer. Every law student should watch Suits because it is a lesson to not only be book-smart but to develop other work related skills. The duo also
Every law student should watch Suits because it is a lesson to not only be book-smart but to develop other work related skills. The duo also show great team work. Where Harvey lacks in empathy, Mike makes up for in innocent charm.
This duo will keep you thoroughly entertain for 7 seasons with not only the storyline that will have you at the edge of your seat but with the dapper suits and the catchy Harvey Spector quotes.
2. How to Get Away With Murder
The second TV show every law student should watch is How To Get Away With Murder. HTGAWM is a suspense-driven legal thriller that premiered in 2014. Created by Peter Nowalk and produced by the amazing Shonda Rhimes. Viola Davis stars as Annalise Keating, a criminal defense lawyer and professor at a prestigious Philadelphia University. With 5 of her students (Keating 5), she becomes entwined in a series of murder plots.
Viola Davis is spectacular in this!Her potent performance makes the younger contingent of the cast fade into the background. The Emmy win and Oscar nomination well deserved.
In addition, her role in this series is a much-needed depiction of a powerful, educated black woman as a lead. It is a TV show every law student should watch, especially black girls studying law. Annalise is a source of inspiration. A depiction of unwavering strength, endless possibilities, and bountiful courage.
This T.V show is a beautiful, sophisticated, well written legal-political potboiler. It would appeal to an older audience because of its mature content and complex plot but none the less, a TV show every law student should watch. I have loved every episode so far, the twists to me are fantastic. I really like the unique characters and their reactions in different situations in the show. I came in having Kalinda as my favorite but changed to loving Kerry towards the end. He is an unlikeable character in the beginning but I later see his true heart, a young man just trying to survive in a harsh world.
I came in having Kalinda as my favorite but changed to loving Kerry towards the end. He is an unlikeable character but I later see his true heart, a young man just trying to survive in a harsh world.
The show is rumored to be based on Hillary Clinton after the Bill Clinton sex scandal in the 1990s and would be especially interesting to watch after the just concluded heavily contested US elections.
4.Making a Murderer
Making a Murderer is the true story of Steven Avery who served 18 years in prison after he was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and murder. He is then exonerated in 2003 on DNA evidence but gets arrested again for the murder of a local photographer, Teresa Halbrich under questionable circumstances. This is while he was suing the county for compensation for his wrongful conviction. The series also covers the prosecution and conviction of Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey who was also charged for the murder of Teresa Halbrich.
Why is it a TV show every law student should watch? It is a beautiful depiction of the powerful versus the powerless in the context of the American criminal justice system. A haunting reminder of what human beings are capable of when we believe the ends justify the means. Very moving.
The documentary starts off slow and one may get confused with the many facts of the case presented at the beginning. Just when you are about to give up on it and switch to a more entertaining show, it becomes interesting with the insinuations that the state may have maliciously convicted Mr Avery as an attempt to solve a high profile case.
TIP: Watch until the end. Once you get to the 3rd episode, you will flow to conclusion.
5.Drop Dead Diva
This is a fantasy/comedy/legal drama about an overweight lawyer(Jane Bingum) whose body is inhabited by the soul of a model who died in a car crash. Jane and Deb are complete opposites. Jane is a hardworking, educated plus size woman while Deb is a beautiful but shallow free spirit blonde.
Not a personal favorite as I think it lacks in legal content and depth. Didn’t help with the array of celebrity guest appearances. Kim Kardashian, Wendy Williams, Brandy and Serena Williams are a few featured in this series. In my view, a show that features many celebrity guest appearances is a show desperate for ratings(case in point, Empire). However, it is a TV show every law student should watch if seeking escapist fare. It also serves inherent life lessons on self-esteem and personal acceptance.