* AssPull: After spending most of Season 2 struggling to find opportunities for Lisa Gay Hamilton to stretch her acting muscles not portraying a lawyer, it is revealed at the beginning of Season 3 that Rebecca has passed the bar. She'd been taking night school classes, totally in secret... for the past five years.
* BaseBreaker: Some fans loved Alan Shore and his amoral antics, others thought he was a slimy SmugSnake and wanted him to go away
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Not at first, but as the moral integrity of the firm and all the characters degraded, it became clear that you wanted them to lose all their cases.
* DeaderThanDisco: The legal drama equivalent of ''NYPDBlue''. At its height it was a smartly written, well-acted show with tons of Emmy nominations and wins; now it's barely remembered as a footnote in James Spader's career.
** Much like NYPD Blue, this may be due to the show's lack of coverage on Home Media more than anything else.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Ellenor, in part for being a well-written overweight, female character on primetime television (something quite rare, unfortunately). The role earned actress Camryn Manheim both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
** Alan Shore. James Spader was a shot in the arm for the series and the role earned him an Emmy, as well as a starring role in a very successful spin-off.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Bobby
** TheLancer: Eugene
** TheSmartGuy: Lindsey
** TheBigGuy: Ellenor
** TheHeart: Jimmy
** TheChick: Rebecca
** TheSixthRanger: Lucy
** EleventhHourRanger: Jamie
* HilariousInHindsight: In an intentionally botched closing, Jimmy questions why so many celebrities show their support for AIDS sufferers by wearing red ribbons, and asks why there is no ribbon for heart disease, which his father died of. Well, now there is a ribbon for heart disease... and it's red.
* MagnificentBastard: Joey Heric, hands down.
* {{Narm}}: When Bobby realises that Barry Wall (Christian Clemenson, better known for playing Jerry 'Hands' Espenson on Series/BostonLegal) shot Jimmy, they fight and break a window, and then Bobby hangs him out the window until he confesses to shooting Jimmy. The way Bobby says 'Tell me you shot Jimmy, or you are out the window!' comes off more funny than serious.
* NightmareFuel: Before [[HeyItsThatGuy Michael Emerson]] played [[{{Lost}} Ben Linus]], played a serial killer on this show. In fact, The Practice probably has a lot more to do with the fact that he's typecast as a villain than anything else he's ever done.
* SeasonalRot
* TomHanksSyndrome: To comedienne Camryn Manheim.