Fantasy Jobs -- Which T.V. Law Firms Would be the Best Employers?
Sure, we'd all like to work at Bob Loblaw's law job or many of the other glamorous, yet very realistic depictions of legal work on T.V. When we're fantasizing about our jobs, why not include some fantasy employers?
From Ally McBeal's unisex bathroom to Saul Goodman's bags of illicit cash, which T.V. law firms would be the best place to practice?
Florrick, Agos, Lockheart, Gardner, Stern and Friends ("The Good Wife")
The law firm at the center of "The Good Wife" has changed names and forms so many times now, we can't even remember what it's called -- yet most of the faces have stayed the same. The firm has some obvious advantages -- it's sleek, high profile and all of the cases are ripped from the headlines. Unfortunately, Chicago is a frozen pit where happiness is unattainable and characters' fortunes reverse every day. Sorry Alicia, we'd rather work elsewhere.
Cage and Fish ("Ally McBeal")
This Boston law firm was home to the late nineties hit sitcom "Ally McBeal." In almost every way, the Ally McBeal law firm was not your typical legal practice, from its dancing babies to its weird neck fetishes. Would it be a good place to work?
Sure, you'd get to stumble your way through an off the cuff monologue about the nature of love, which would somehow get your client off that murder charge -- but you'd also be sexually harassed in the bathroom and have to put up with your colleagues tenuous grasp on reality.
McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak ("L.A. Law")
You're rich, you're flashy, no one minds that you're sleeping with the clients. Who wouldn't want to work at the law firm behind L.A. Law, alongside fictional lawyer/lothario Arnie Becker? Well, not the associates. While the show often played loosely issues of ethics and actual law, it didn't shy away from showing the tension between low paid associates and the firm's high flying partners.
A Rundown Nail Salon ("You Better Call Saul")
Saul Goodman, of "Breaking Bad" fame, started off as a desperate Albuquerque criminal defense lawyer operating out of the back of a low rent nail salon. Though he eventually left the salon, he never escaped that desperation. While we're impressed by Goodman's sheer will to live -- and the fact that the show gets the law right more often than not -- the job calls for too many near death experiences for our liking.
The New York D.A.'s Office ("Law and Order")
Sorry private practice, nothing makes for great T.V. like the gritty streets of NYC. For over twenty seasons, "Law and Order" captured the criminal justice system from the moment the dead prostitute is discovered, 'til the gavel falls. Sure, NBC may have cancelled it in favor of a million SVU spin offs, but it's still our favorite. We'd work there any day.
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