A friend used to work as a paralegal in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. As a legal assistant, she handled paperwork, transported evidence (like the occasional brick of cocaine), and did the scut work that the assistant DA’s didn’t want to do.
We got to talking about all the different versions of Law & Order. She pointed out that the TV shows are nothing like actually working inside the legal system.
On television, someone’ll say, “Get me those phone records!” and a few minutes later, they’ve got ’em. Reality, she said, is more like this:
- Submit a request to Verizon for the phone records. Wait a couple weeks.
- Call to follow up. Verizon says they need additional authorizations.
- Submit the extra form. Wait a few more weeks.
- Call to follow up again. Oops, Verizon lost the paperwork.
- Submit everything a third time.
- Eventually, they send you the records…for the wrong phone number.
What about your job would make for good — or bad — TV?