From Law School to Law & Order to Legal and Political Drama on The Good Wife: Keith Eisner L’93
By Angela Hooks C’14
Penn Law alum Keith Eisner L’93 found himself back at law school Oct. 29, but not as a lawyer. He was back as a TV writer and producer for the event From Law School to Law & Order to Legal and Political Drama on The Good Wife. In front of a packed Fitts Auditorium, Eisner spoke about his career and his unconventional use of his law degree.
Since finishing law school and a job at a high profile law firm, Eisner has had a very successful career in writing. He started out writing for Who’s Line Is It Anyway?, yet, seemingly found his writing niche in legal dramas. His resume boasts shows such as Philly, Shark, Law & Order, and The Good Wife, where he is currently an executive producer.
During the event, Eisner shared his unusual career path - from law school to TV writing -and the role law school played in ensuring he had the work ethic to succeed in Hollywood. He also shared words of wisdom for current law students, stressing the importance of going after what you want and not settling.
As Hollywood is rarely upstaged, attention quickly turned towards television, the role of a writer amongst actors, and finding the balance between accuracy and entertainment. Audience members had the opportunity to ask Eisner questions at the end of the event. And while someone did ask Eisner for The Good Wife spoilers, he politely declined saying he is contractually prohibited.
Keith: law degree in tv writing–you don’t need it, but it’s like chicken soup, It can’t hurt!— Penn Law ESLS (@pennlawesls) October 29, 2013