MC@Work: Reality Check

From hard-hitting news producers to terrorist-hunting CIA agents, the range of careers held down by our favorite female characters on TV has never been wider. But just how realistic are these portrayals? Marie Claire asked real-life pros to weigh in.


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    The Job: Litigator

    THE GOOD WIFE: Alicia Florrick (Juliana Marguiles)

    WHAT THE SHOW NAILS: The scut work. When Alicia first starts at Stern, Lockhart & Gardner, "she sat in an office filled with document boxes," notes Jennifer Quinn-Barabanov, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson, based in Washington, D.C. "This felt very true to a junior associate."

    WHAT'S PURE FICTION: Swift justice. "It's a skewed perspective on how long things take to get re-solved," says Quinn-Barabanov, who points out that though the show is heavy on courtroom drama, most real-world cases never actually go to trial.

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