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Real Lawyer Reacts to How to Get Away With Murder (Episode 1)

Real Lawyer Reacts to How to Get Away With Murder (Episode 1)

Annalise Keating is an unorthodox law professor. Instead of being a “good” law professor or actually “teaching” she makes her students unpaid interns for her criminal defense law firm. Drama! Mystery! Legal technicalities! Today we’re going to review How to Get Away With Murder. Stay until the end for my Legal Realism Grade!

This one was a bear. It made me want to pull my hair out. This show is more soap opera than legal procedural. I’m glad I got through it, but I’m not sure I’m the same man as when i started. Does it get better over time? Would you like me to react to another one? Let me know in the comments!

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I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. 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 and on TV. While all legal movies and shows 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 Reaction” videos. Got a legal movie or TV show you’d like me to critique? Let me know in the comments!

Props to Dr. Mike’s Real Doctor Reacts ( and Wired’s Technique Critique ( for the inspiration.

All clips used for fair use commentary, criticism, and educational purposes. See Hosseinzadeh v. Klein, 276 F.Supp.3d 34 (S.D.N.Y. 2017) Equals Three, LLC v. Jukin Media, Inc., 139 F. Supp. 3d 1094 (C.D. Cal. 2015).

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36 Comments - Leave a Comment
  • Vijay Rajjak -

    Can i be honest……..for gods sake this a drama show and not a real law School that you have to point out what is wrong and what is right with it, if i had to learn anything about the law, I would have preferred to go to a Law school rather than watching this show to learn how law works, We watch the show purely on the basis of entertainment and the drama.

  • Ronald Poppell -

    Objection: Viola Davis should be fired. The client in being represented by first-year law students. I've seen jailhouse lawyers who could fight this case better. The client is not being adequately represented.

  • Jean-Michel Beauvais -

    Regarding the presence of the students during the client interview, wouldn’t the lawyer be able to bring a third party by having written, explicit consent from her client and having a Non-Disclosure Agreement (or the legal equivalent for such a situation) being required from the students before entering the class?
    This could be part of a deal with the client to reduce the legal fees of the lawyer in the situation where money was an issue and the lawyer didn’t want to (or couldn’t) do pro bono work.

  • Hoàng Trung Kiên -

    đến với IURA bạn sẽ nhận được sự hỗ trợ với app iura giải đáp luật lao động bằng ứng dụng điện thoại nói riêng và pháp lý nói chung

  • Bebynenes -

    Objection.. I believe that the students have gone to law school before. I’m sure I heard that one of the students went to Brown or something like that 😂 they know a lot about the law but I think the actual point is practice and not theory

  • Giovanna Oliveira -

    Well LegalEagle in Brazil I had 40 students at my first semester… And need to say… Besides your awesome comments… I still love the show! Thank you for sharing and let me know about the attorney practice in America.

  • Truth Hurts -

    This entire show is so asinine… negroes have absolutely NO business on our side of our legal system.
    They are defendants considering they are criminal, if we allow them on our side, then their crimes will be overlooked and not fiercely punished.

  • kyle stoddart -

    I like this guy. I am not a lawyer and know how utterly ridiculously stupid some of these shows are. I would sub but I don't like how some YouTubers blatantly ignore the comment section. I hate that so I will watch videos but will not sub until I see him involved in comments. Not my comments ANYONES! lol

  • Andrew Dressler -

    I was in law school when this show first came out. We used to call this show How to Get Away With Being the Most Unethical Lawyer Ever! After law school, when I became a prosecutor, this show would infuriate me to no end.

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