Viola Davis is mesmerizing in the new tv show “How to Get Away with Murder”. Davis plays Annalise Keating, a practicing attorney and criminal law professor at Middletown Law School.
The show is fun to watch but terribly inaccurate.
- On the first day of law school, you hear a 1L in the background say that he spent his summer interning for a chief justice. (yeah, right!)
- During the same class, Professor Keating divulges the details of an ongoing case that she is defending. (also, improbable)
- She then brings her class to her office and tells them she has devised a competition. All along, her client is sitting right there. The competition: find a better theory for the defense. What lawyer convinces their client to waive solicitor-client privilege so that their one-day old law students can help theorize on a case that is before the court?
- She then asks her students to skip other classes to watch her in court the very next day. How egotistical!
- While in court, she models how to be a great lawyer by leading her own witness during an examination-in-chief. (soooo against the rules!)