Meghan Markle in “Suits”

Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle starred in the hit TV legal series, “Suits.”
Meghan Markle and the “Suits” cast.

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I did some research and learned that Meghan Markle earned more than $5 Million by starring in the hit TV legal series, “Suits.” So, this American actress was a self-made multi-millionaire before she married Prince Harry. She also graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Theater and International Relations. I truly admire her.

“Suits” refers to the expensive tailored suits that attorneys wear as well as the lawsuits they file in court. This show fascinates me, as I worked as a legal assistant for 20 years. However, I must say that I would not last 2 seconds in the law firm depicted in “Suits.” Those lawyers are fast talkers and have devious, clever minds. I wouldn’t be able to keep up with them.

Meghan Markle stars as Rachel, a paralegal, who does legal research in that law firm. She is very good at what she does. Her boyfriend, Michael (played by Patrick J. Adams), is an associate in the firm. However, he never graduated from Harvard Law School as he claimed, nor did he take the Bar exam in New York.

In Season 5, the Feds are tipped off and investigate him. He is convicted and, after plea bargaining, he is sentenced to 2 years in prison for attempted fraud. However, he does special work for the government while in prison, and, because of it, he is released early.

Michael and Rachel take the New York Bar exam and pass. They are licensed to practice law after New York admits them to the Bar.

In Season 7, Michael and Rachel get married, and they both leave the show for good by moving to Seattle to open a legal aid clinic there.

“Suits” is such an interesting show. It ended after 9 seasons. Meghan Markle starred in it for 7 seasons before marrying Prince Harry in 2018.

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I did some research and learned that 7 states do not require a law degree to become a lawyer. In California, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, no law school experience is necessary. In Maine, New York, and Wyoming, you need some law school, but an apprenticeship can substitute for 1-2 years of law school. However, you still need to pass the Bar exam to become licensed as an attorney.

This explains how Michael and Rachel became licensed attorneys without graduating from law school.

16 Responses to “Meghan Markle in “Suits””

  1. DavidH Says:

    Meagan is excellent in “Suits”. She plays the part of a very smart and sharp paralegal. She is very beautiful and I can see why Prince Harry fell in love with her. A very enjoyable show. The first seven seasons consists of 104 episodes and I hope to eventually see all of them. This series is available on Amazon Prime and Peacock.

  2. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …this is all news to me!

  3. Iris Flavia Says:

    Oh, I had no idea!
    How can actors get so much money?
    And weeee… so different to Germany with the “suits”.

  4. Valerie-Jael Says:

    I never watched the series – my bad! Glad you enjoyed it! Valerie

  5. AC Says:

    I think I may have seen an episode or two, but I never watched the series.

  6. Beatrice Says:

    While I too have never seen this series, your synopsis and the info on which states do not require a law degree was interesting. As for Ms Markle, I have no opinion as celebrities and personalities do not hold my interest. That said, she does seem to be auite an amazing woman.

  7. Arkansas Patti Says:

    Never had access to the show but the info about the need or lack for a law degree in some states was interesting. I have always been a fan of Megan and Harry.

  8. Christine Says:

    We watched all the suits episodes loved it. I like Meghan Markle too.

  9. marmeladegypsy Says:

    I like her. I really admire them both. A good show, too.

  10. Tom from Sightings Says:

    Haven’t seen it. But now you’ve got me interested!

  11. Elephant's Child Says:

    Not a program I have ever seen. Or a person I have much interest in.
    Interesting about the need for a law degree – or not.

  12. Linda Reeder Says:

    It sounds like an interesting series, but I see that it streams on Peacock. I’m resisting subscribing to any more streaming channels.
    So no law degree in Washington? Interesting. If you are smart enough to self study, you could save a lot of money.

  13. Hank Chapin Says:

    I am very enthusiastic about Harry. For starters, we have the same name—Henry— which creates a bond. He is my main man, my guy. His outgoing personality was helping to rescue the monarchy from its flaws. I thought Grandma loved him most. I hope some day he is given a chance to unite the British public with the throne and that Megan will help him. I am all for their wedding and hope it prospers. Personally, I think mixed marriages are the path of peace. Their wedding was a thrilling spectacle in every way. Prince Charles rose to every challenge and acted like a king. Thanks for your research on Megan. I binge watch TV serials so much because of self-quarantining that I will seek out “Suits” in due course. This story has not been fully written yet.

  14. DJan Says:

    I too don’t subscribe to Peacock so I couldn’t watch this even if I wanted to. It does sound interesting, though.

  15. Joared Says:

    I never saw this series, but I haven’t viewed many TV series for a number of years. I was interested to learn about the legal requirements to practice as hadn’t known that about Calif. A Univ. near me started offering a law degree years ago which has been quite successful. They eliminated the program of study I was in so they could afford their law program. My program ended the year I completed my Master’s. There was and still is a shortage of people in my field, Speech-Language Pathology, but I always thought there were plenty of lawyers.

  16. DeniseinVA Says:

    Interesting information on lawyers, fascinating! I wish Megan and Harry a good and happy life.

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