Natalie Abrams
September 11, 2014 AT 01:00 PM EDT

ABC’s new drama is going to teach you How to Get Away with Murder… sort of.

The series stars Viola Davis as criminal defense professor Annalise Keating, who changes the course of a group of students’ lives when they become entangled in a murder plot. In an exclusive first look at the series premiere, the new students gird their loins in preparation for Keating’s class to begin—and this really is only the beginning.

Hailing from Shondaland, How to Get Away with Murder premieres Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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