On the run from a drug deal gone bad, Mike Ross, a brilliant college-dropout, finds himself a job working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City’s best lawyers.
Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is a brilliant college dropout. Mike’s childhood dreams of becoming a lawyer are derailed after unforeseen circumstances lead him to drop out of college. Naturally intelligent and with an eidetic memory, Mike makes a living taking tests for other people, particularly LSATs and bar exams. Harvey Specter is one of New York City’s top attorneys and has recently been promoted to senior partner at his firm and is forced by company policy to hire an associate. After accidentally running into Mike, Harvey is impressed by the younger man’s quick wits, his encyclopedic knowledge of the law, and his genuine desire to be an attorney, and hires him. Due to the fact that Mike lacks a law degree, and because of firm policy which favors Harvard alums, they both pretend that Mike is a Harvard graduate.
At the firm, Mike is continuously hounded by junior partner Louis Litt (Rick Hoffman), a rival of Harvey’s who is suspicious of Mike’s credentials. Mike is eventually befriended by Rachel (Meghan Markle), a paralegal, whose testing anxiety has prevented her from becoming a lawyer, and the two soon develop a mutual attraction. Mike and Harvey often come into conflict over Mike’s naivete and ethical scruples and Harvey’s hard charging and seemingly uncaring demeanor.