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.