The Netflix crime series How To Get Away With Murder with the main character, Annalise Keating, played by Viola Davis goes into the complicated lives of a group of law students and their professors continually covering up multiple murders. Causing them to lie and essentially be the “favorites” of the class and constantly having to look over the shoulders. The famous quote that the whole group of law students had to live by in order not to be sent to jail, “ Step 1: Discredit the witness, Step 2: Introduce a new suspect, and Step 3: Bury the evidence.”
In the first episode, you see Annalise Keating teaching a class called Criminal Law 100 but she likes to call it “How To Get Away With Murder” and leaves you wondering if the legal aid and teachings measure up to real-life standards.
The aspect of law schools having adjunct professors like the character, Annalise Keating, who is a big-shot criminal defense attorney by day where students line up to take her class, is one Adam Banner (Daily News) reported true. “This aspect of law school is spot on…I always felt there was something disingenuous about a law professor teaching courses with actual real-world applicability when that professor had never actually applied the law in a courtroom.” Having a professor with real-life hands-on experience is what every law student craves to learn from as seen on TV and according to Banner.
Another aspect as shown in the show that was found true is that not every legal student makes the final cut of taking cutthroat classes like this or even being in that specific field. Annalise is known for kicking out students because of their responses because from her experience they did not have what it takes to be in an actual courtroom. In order to be a great lawyer, you need to have thick skin because not many judges care about hurting your feelings, and to be quick on your feet. Adam Banner attests to that “ I wasn’t kicked out of the class, but I was lectured on the proper etiquette for the curriculum… I remember that same trial practice professor I spoke of earlier strongly suggesting to a fellow student—on the first day of class—that he might want to rethink taking the course. That student did not return for the second session. So that definitely happens.” In law courses, like on the show, you have to show you have what it takes even on the first day to be taken seriously.
The legal drama when it comes to its’ teaching is pretty accurate to that of how an actual law student is taught but adding more twists to make the storyline much more entertaining. But the one question that everyone has who watches this show that was left unanswered is, how many people are going to die around this group before someone catches on?