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How closely does the TV show “The Good Wife” represent being a criminal defense attorney?

How closely does the TV show “The Good Wife” represent being a criminal defense attorney?
I’m interested in continuing into law school after I graduate and would like to know if what they show on The Good Wife is close to what it’s like to be a criminal defense attorney at a major city firm.

By Nick S -12-11 17:20:13

Answers:

Sans Deity: Not at all. They never show the endless hours of tedious research that goes into being a lawyer, or the hours of waiting in court. They show all the glamorous aspects of it, but not the inane drudgery that makes up 90% of your time as a lawyer.

I’m not saying it can’t be a rewarding job, but go follow a real lawyer around for a few weeks and see what the job is REALLY like, not what’s on TV.

bcnu: Do they show how many years it takes to learn how to do even the most basic things perfectly every time for all circumstances to avoid being sued for malpractice? Do they show how many thousands of hours are spent on reading, researching and drafting even the most pointless of briefs?

Darwin: If you want to start to understand what it is really like to be a defense attorney, I suggest that you go to your local courthouse and watch some actual trials. Don’t base you choice of career on a TV show.

jordon: Personally i think the best law school is Harverd