New. From ABC. It’s How to get away with murder!!!
I know! It’s like a documentary.
It’s no biggie that people see the inside of the onion for law students and criminal defense lawyers, because everybody already knows we’re the coolest cats around. But giving away the true inner secrets of the Academy? There’s going to be some ‘splaining to do.
Shonda Rhimes, who has already done society the mitzvah of revealing that hospitals are run by 22-year-olds who create brilliant innovations when their deepest feelings don’t get in the way, and that the oval office desk is the perfect height for oral sex, proving that conspiracy theorists are right about the government all along (okay, she may have something on this one), pulls back the curtain on law schools, criminal law and scholars. Picture your fav lawprof’s face (or other part of their anatomy, if you’re so inclined), and ponder the possibilities.
What could possibly go wrong?
For those who tend not to enjoy a busman’s holiday when watching the boob tube, you might find it worth your while to watch an episode or two of this new show, because you know that someone is going to ask you at a cocktail party if that’s what it’s really like. To which you will no doubt respond, “duh, yeah.”
And then there are the new voir dire questions, following up on the CSI effect.
But the group most affected by this new show won’t be lawyers, or even law students, but professors. Up to now, the closest they’ve come to cool is Kingsfield, and he somehow managed to make it through his career without ever having sex with a student. Kingsfield was not cool. Not even a little bit.
The irony may well be the sudden boost in interest by law students to become scholar/gladiators (a word, by the way, which is currently used to describe Shondaland’s Scandal fans, but clearly is more appropriate here), while law schools are doing their best to shed themselves of lawprofs. Oh, the competition will be steep, just as it was when Gidget learned that Moon Doggie was really an airline pilot.
On the downside, the entire WaPo Conspiracy gang will have to go out shopping for new, fashionable clothing, because those old tweed jackets with the leather patches on the elbows just won’t cut it when they walk the red carpet with Kim Kardashian. Bet they never thought they would be the center of attention at Hollywood parties.
Yup, Shonda Rhimes will change everything, about law students, criminal defense lawyers and mostly, law professors. Does anybody else pine for the days of Judd for the Defense?
H/T Orin Kerr (but I bet you already guessed that)