In the premiere of this legal drama, successful lawyer Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) hires brilliant college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) as a new associate at a top law firm despite the fact that Mike doesn't have a degree. In order to work together, both parties have to keep up the ruse to convince their coworkers that Mike is a real lawyer.
Harvey goes rogue in order to fix a crisis with a client despite Jessica's desire to reign him in. Elsewhere, Mike turns to Rachel for guidance when he learns he'll be hosting a dinner for rookies, an important tradition at the firm.
Harvey defends a figure from Jessica's past, making it difficult for Jessica to detach herself from the case. Elsewhere, Mike is eager to take on a pro bono case but soon learns it won't be an easy win.
Mike takes on Louis' protégé during a mock trial, but his conflict with Rachel could hurt his chances of winning. Elsewhere, Harvey works on a merger between two hotel chains, but his past with the opposing counsel complicates matters.
Harvey and Louis are forced to work together to go after an investment firm that ripped off a nonprofit. But Louis, anxious to make a good impression, inadvertently hurts the case. Elsewhere, Mike tries to contain a modern-day Robin Hood whose actions are damaging a client's business.
Harvey's former mentor (Gary Cole) turns to his protégé when his office comes under investigation. Elsewhere, Mike and Louis try to settle a mogul's estate in the midst of family clashes; and Jenny worries that Mike is hiding something.
In the first-season finale, Harvey tries to free an innocent man but hits a wall when he goes to the district attorney (Chi McBride), who seems more focused on preserving the system than seeking justice. Elsewhere, Trevor causes problems for Mike when he shows up on Mike's doorstep.