If you haven’t seen Suits, then you are really missing out. While working on campus during the summer, my roommate insisted that we watch the premiere of the second season of this show. Up to that point I had only seen a re-run episode or two on U.S.A. on a lazy Sunday afternoon. The thought of another show about the law/lawyers didn’t seem too attractive for me, after seeing nearly every episode of Law and Order SVU. After watching that episode, I was hooked. The next day I went on a ten episode binge to catch up on everything that happened previously.
My mother is a lawyer, and all my life I have understood right and wrong. I can honestly say that she is a good lawyer who cares about her clients and doing what’s right. But we have clearly seen shows before that showcase lawyers that aren’t necessarily interested in ethics, and rather with the dollar signs that come along with high paying clients. In terms of this show, it encapsulates many of the topics that we have been discussing this semester regarding BGS. The primary issue that the show is based around is the status of Mike Ross, one of the main characters. Mike never attended law school. In fact, he never even graduated college. However, his attractive ability to consume knowledge makes him an invaluable asset.
And then comes Harvey Specter. Young, intelligent, and well dressed. In one word, he has swag. Harvey is referred to as the best “closer” in all of New York, but he is taking a huge ethical risk. As a Senior Partner at a prominent New York City law firm, he has a large stake in the company, and a lot to lose. If it was discovered that Mike did not attend law school, every case that Mike was ever involved in could be overturned, and Harvey could be disbarred. This puts all of the clients, and the firm as a whole at risk. So when does it stop being about winning, and start being about doing the right thing? The “bromance” that exists between the two parallels any of the great pairings in cinematic history. They win, and they do it with style. And there is nothing that Harvey likes more than winning. Harvey’s methods are questionable, but in the end he is helping people. So just how wrong is it? Can ethical standards be slightly more lenient on these two for helping people in need, even if they are breaking the law?