I finally watched the two episodes of The Law Firm that have been sitting on my Tivo for a few weeks now, and I actually really liked the show. I was pleasantly suprised.
I liked the fact that the lawyers/contestants weren't judged by whether they won or lost, but by their actual performance. Sometimes, as a lawyer, you're simply handed an unwinable case, and you just have to do your best to come up with a strategy and play it out the best that you can.
I think that the lawyers have a lot to learn, but that should come naturally with many of the mistakes they're making. It only takes one truly uncontrollable witness before you realize that you have to prep your witnesses. Again and again and again. Plus a few more times for the potentially crazy witnesses. The lawyers that said, "We went out to meet our client at his home, because that's where he is the most comfortable, so that's what he'll be like on the stand," met a very rude awakening.
And the most important thing that I think all of these attorneys need to learn -and will learn- is to have a theory of the case. Preferably the same theory as their co-counsel. Without that, you're lost.
On the other hand, cursing at a judge? You'd think that'd be something you'd learn not to do before you graduate law school.
Overall, I thought the public defenders and criminal lawyers kicked ass. Would you expect anything less? I was particularly impressed with Chris, who may have been the only one who knew when and how to make an obejection.
So, when's the next episode? Uh oh, it looks like maybe it's cancelled... Or, at least, on "hiatus."
That reminds me, I still never found out who was the mystery boss on My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss...
The title of this post is a particularly funny quote from the first episode of The Law Firm. Maybe you had to see it...