I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. Like most people, I love watching legal TV shows and courtroom dramas. It’s one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are so ridiculous.

Today I’m taking a break from teaching law students how to kick ass in law school. This one is just for fun.

In this video I tackle some of the most famous courtroom scenes in Ally McBeal, Boston Legal, and LA Law. Great dramas, but BAD lawyering. Most of them are preposterous, but I still love watching them.

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I hope this will be the first video in a series of “Lawyer Reacts” videos. There are a lot of portrayals of lawyers in the media including movies and TV — and a lot of cringeworthy lawyering.

Got a movie or TV show you’d like me to critique? Let me know in the comments!

Special thanks to Dr. Mike for the idea for this video (https://www.youtube.com/doctor_mike) Check out his channel for his medical review of doctors in the media.

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  1. The funny thing is, according to the Catholic church and the principal of transubstantiation, the wafer and wine do transform literally into the body and blood of Jesus ( I used to be a Catholic. I wad an altar boy and everything). So the lawyer is not being offencive, all the religious zealots often take offense when their Doctrine is parroted back to them.

  2. I know it an older movie, but I would love to see you react to Runaway Jury, I've always had question after watching it. Some about the lawyers, but mainly about the selection and conduct of the jury, and if something like that is even possible.

  3. OBJECTION! The last clip reviewed for Rick & Morty relates to the client's defense attorney allegedly not providing discovery documents – not the prosecution. Thus, the issue is related to an attorney's duty of communication with their client. I don't know the jurisdiction, but for the model rules of professional responsibility this is rule 1.4. Most notably, rule 1.4(a) "A lawyer shall: … (4) promptly comply with reasonable requests for information." In the instance the Rick & Morty clip there are reasons to doubt that defendant was making a reasonable request for information either because a request was never actually made or that the request may have not been reasonable. Whether or not the defense attorney in the clip was ethically deficient in regard to whatever version of rule 1.4 for the jurisdiction raises the question of whether those deficiencies met a relevant standard for the judge to order assignment of the defendant to a different public defender.
    What to review next: Designated Survivor, episode 4 (has some constitutional doozies ["doozies" a technical term…])

  4. For Boston Legal, there is actual a whole religious issue that surfaced in the debate between Protestantism and Catholicism: consubstantiation vs. transubstantiation. This debate centers on the ideas of whether communion is a metaphor of Christ's body or it is an actual literal event.

  5. Just came across this channel, and I love it. I certainly would like your legal take on the major legal matters of the day like you did with the Supreme Court confirmation hearing recently. Two shows/movies I would love to see you react to would be the Rainmaker with Matt Damon and Danny DeVito and Making a Murderer! Great stuff, keep it up!

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