and courtroom dramas are genres in which the lawyer-heroes / heroines
confront enemies outside, as well as inside, the courtroom. They often fight
these legal battles for clients who are in danger of losing not only their cases but their lives. Sometimes the
main characters are ordinary people who
become legal experts after having been framed by the legal establishment.
The best courtroom dramas feature rookie
lawyers hired by desperate victims of powerful people or companies, who
single-handed outsmart seasoned teams of star lawyers or ruthless public
John Grisham is the undisputed
master of the genre, who worked long hours at a small Southaven, Mississippi
law practice, before he started his career as a writer.