For six seasons of Suits, we’ve watched Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) prove herself as the paralegal you want in your corner. Now that law school is almost over, we’re making our case for why she’s going to be the lawyer of our dreams… and her courtroom opponent’s worst nightmare!
You don’t become the go-to paralegal at one of the top law firms in the country based on your looks. Our girl can stare down a stack of files that would make a normal lawyer quake in their boots, and come up with the buried facts that will take a case from longshot to slam dunk. You better believe that very handy skill is going to translate to putting numbers on the board when she’s finally calling the shots.
For someone so young, Rachel has been in the game for a long time. Remember, when Mike first met her she had already been a paralegal for five years. And heck, she’s been watching her dad do the damn thing all her life, so let’s tack on another, say, 20 years of lawyering-by-osmosis! Plus, it’s not like she’s just been sitting around doing paperwork. How many newly-minted lawyers can say they’ve gotten a man off death row? How many can say they broke bread with a federal prosecutor who was gunning for their husband? The point is, girl eats, sleeps, and breathes law, and she’s been doing it for longer than most of her competition could form a decent argument.
Remember when she refused to quit on Leonard Bailey? Remember how she faced down Jessica and made her waive the “Harvard-only” clause? And then faced Jessica down again to get her to agree to pay for law school? Remember how she refused to drop her ethics class until she found a way to make that one b-word eat some humble pie? Remember how she took the LSATs again and again until she got the score she wanted? The list goes on, and the point is that our girl just refuses to lose. Giving up is not part of her genetic make-up -- unless it’s giving up on giving up.
Some might see Rachel’s emotional side as a weakness. Those people would be wrong. It’s Rachel’s sense of empathy that allows her to connect with clients and colleagues alike and sets her apart from some of the more heartless operators out there (cough, HARVEY, cough, cough). When the world is full of Goliaths, it takes a special person to take a chance on a David. That’s who Rachel is, and that’s why we want her on our team when the going gets tough.
Legal acumen is one thing, but let’s be honest, in the game of law (as in most things we call games that are actually cut-throat, winner-take-all businesses), who you know is just as important as what you know. And on that front, Rachel pretty much has the field licked. While 99% of new lawyers will come out of law school with a bunch of Mc-NoNames on speed dial, Rachel’s friends-and-family plan includes: the only female name partner in New York; the best closer in the city; a redhead with spooky ESP-powers who gets shit done; a ballet-loving numbers wizard; the NYC legal titan she calls her father; and her husband, the super-genius legal whiz-kid with the photographic memory. Advantage, Zane.
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