Who doesn’t love Law & Order? Who hasn’t binged watched 10 episodes in a row on TNT? I know I have and I know I will again. This week i’m taking a look at Law & Order, Suits, and LA Law.

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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 movies 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 ridiculous.

Today I’m taking a break from teaching law students how to kick ass in law school to take on lawyers in the movies. While all legal movies take dramatic license to make things more interesting (nobody wants to see hundreds of hours of brief writing), many of them have a grain of truth.

This is part of a continuing series of “Lawyer Reacts” videos. Got a legal movie or TV show you’d like me to critique? Let me know in the comments!

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38 COMMENTS

  1. Having been in the jury box. Absolutely nothing said in closing arguments mattered to me. Maybe both the lawyers were just bad at it, but I was only interested in the evidence and pretty much had an idea what my decision was, the lawyers closing didnt do anything and I cant think of anything they could have said that would. This was true for both for the conviction and sentencing trials.

  2. Wish there was a game show where people have to use the law to convince a jury for their assigned case. Like mock trial but filmed. It would be neat to have them test and get a good enough score to get two hours of help from a real lawyer. The other team could have this too and the winner of the "trial" gets a winnings of some kind.

  3. " … a good trial attorney will do … If they forget the facts or forget other portions of the law. They will remember that person pouring thousands of pills … A+ lawyering"
    This is what's wrong with courts and lawyers. It's disgusting. It's not about proving guilt or innocence. It's about convincing people at any cost. It's just like politicians. Meaningless rhetoric that doesn't say anything, but sounds convincing. It's about crafting a believable story.
    I don't have much respect for lawyers and politicians. I sometimes get the feeling that a lot of attorneys aren't good men, but Saul Goodmen's.

    That being said. You seem like a nice guy, and I really enjoy your videos.

  4. so what I've learned from your videos is NEVER end up in court because a lawyers check list is:
    Don't let the other side speak
    Interrupt them constantly to throw them off and not let them get their full story out
    Make puppy dog eyes at the jury
    To hell with what actually went down, just win.

  5. I object, doesn't the plaintiff usually give closing statement first? In this case Jack McCoy, portrayed by actor Sam Waterston. Oh, I also think you should do an analysis on Star Trek TNG: The Drumhead (Season 4).

  6. I'd like to see you do reaction/analysis videos on the following legal procedural shows:
    Matlock
    Jag
    Murder One
    Night Court
    Any episode of a Star Trek series or movie where a Crew member is put on trial
    Ally McBeal
    Perry Mason

  7. Your content is superior to the usual media chatter because it discloses a world (in Heidegger jargon).
    You can cover every court scene ever and people will watch.
    Don't get into CourtTV crap, but you should do a video, or series on the OJ trial. One guy made a series on everything the Prosecution did wrong. It was pretty compelling and insightful. The trial was so long I'm sure you would make different points.

    Also, you don't have to sell the playlist at the end as "short". The attention spans are short but the appetites are unlimited.

  8. Objection. Has far as I know, none of these of these situations were written by real lawyers. Thus they may have license to be forgiven somewhat for inaccuracies. Please review an adaptation of a John Grisham novel. (A Time to Kill is my favourite).

  9. Can you do Law and Order: SVU S18 E3. In this episode the ADA attempts to prosecute behavior that is not illegal under New York law, and I wonder if it is grounds for discipline for a prosecutor to try a case where he/she knows fully that their is no applicable criminal statute

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