There are a plethora of K-dramas to choose from, including romances, thrillers, and even heartbreaking sob stories. However, there is one type of K-drama that is equally deserving of binge-watching and offers a different kind of delight.
For their captivating combination of crime fiction and courtroom drama, legal K-dramas have gained a large following.
Audiences get to observe prosecutors, lawyers, and even police officers take action against criminals in order to bring them to justice. However, not every K-drama is gripping and action-packed.
Some are slower, but they captivate viewers with individual plots and events involving the major characters. Don't be surprised if some legal K-dramas include a romance element to keep things interesting.
Korean television does the same thing with American content as it does with remakes of famous works from around the world. Suits is an American television legal drama that premiered in 2016.
The drama revolved around a man without a law degree who is mistaken for a lawyer and is hired by one of New York City's most prestigious law firms.
The Korean replica has a similar plot to the original, but there is one minor difference that makes the show more interesting. Go Yeon-woo (Park Hyung-Sik) is a young man with a retentive memory, which comes in handy when dealing with court cases and keeps his secret hidden.
11. Lawless Lawyer (2018)
Expect the lawyers of Lawless Lawyers to be anything but prim and proper upholders of the law.
The story revolves around two characters who join the Lawless Law Firm with the goal of bringing down corrupt authorities and those who misuse their positions of power. There's also a revenge story to be found here, so there's enough to discover.
Following the assassination of his mother, Bong Sang-Pil (Lee Jong-Gi) was raised by his uncle. He's now a lawyer, and he's not afraid to seek justice with his fists, old gang ties, and legal loopholes.
Sang-Pil is joined by the feisty and fierce Ha Jae-Yi (Seo Yea-Ji). After assaulting a judge, Jae-Yi is disbarred, yet she maintains her legal integrity. They band together to get vengeance on a corrupt judge and her associates.
10. Witch's Court (2017)
Witch at Court is also known as Witch's Court. Ma Yi-Deum (Jung Ryeo-Won) is an unconventional prosecutor who straddles the line between legal and unlawful investigation.
She'll go to any length to win a case and obtain justice, even forging evidence, personal assaults, and even perjury.
Yi-Deum is compelled to work with a rookie prosecutor who used to be a child psychologist in the children's sex crime unit.
Due to their differing perspectives on the judicial system and its procedures, she and the novice don't get along. Yi-Deum, on the other hand, has a difficult past that will make viewers sympathize with her.
9. Your Honor (2018)
Fans will be on the edge of their seats as Your Honor follows a switcharoo storyline.
The legal drama isn't your typical legal drama, as Han Kang-Ho (Yoon Si-Yoon) assumes the identity of his twin brother after he inexplicably vanishes. There's a catch, though: Kang-Ho's brother was a well-known judge.
Kang-Ho, on the other hand, is the polar opposite of his brother, with a long criminal record and several arrests.
When he plays his twin brother, Kang-Ho, who was once considered trash and unworthy, is now admired and looked up to. As a judge, how will a criminal decide the outcome of justice?
8. Ms Hammurabi (2018)
MS Hammurabi is a drama with a distinct backstory when compared to other series. Moon Yoo-Seok, the head judge of Seoul's Eastern District Court, created the show's script after writing a novel with the same title.
The play was well-received by audiences because it offered a unique and refreshing perspective on court judges, the legal system, and its adversaries.
The drama follows Park Cha O Reum (Go Ara), a novice prosecutor, and her conflicts with the judicial system and her coworkers.
Park Cha O Reum is dedicated to her profession and adheres to the "eye for an eye" ideal, ensuring that no one takes advantage of the system. Audiences get to observe her character development along the way.
7. Hyena (2020)
Hyena was a popular Korean drama that aired in 2020. The courtroom drama revolved around two lawyers from the Song & Kim Law Firm, which represents the richest 1% of the population.
However, these two lawyers are diametrically opposed and frequently at odds. Jung Geum-Ja (Kim Hye-Soo) is a vicious hyena who straddles the line between law and anarchy.
Jung Geum-Ja is obsessed with money and power, no matter how illegal or borderline criminal her deeds are.
Yoon Hee-Jae (Ju Ji-Hoon), her adversary, is a pedigree lawyer who, unlike Jung Geum-Ja, does not go to extremes, but has just as great an ego.
6. While You Were Sleeping (2017)
Field reporter Nam Hong Joo (Suzy) has had the power to see awful things happening before they happen since she was a toddler. She is, however, frequently helpless to prevent them.
The prosecutor Jung Jae Chan (Lee Jong Suk), who lives across the street from her family's restaurant, appears to have acquired the power to predict future occurrences as well.
Jae Chan has a vision that Hong Joo will be falsely accused of the murder of a police officer by the unscrupulous lawyer Lee Yoo Beom, who was formerly his mentor, and races to stop it.
The cop (Jung Hae In) survives and has the power to see into the future. These three individuals realize that their lives are somehow intertwined through the dreams they keep having of one another.
Together this unlikely trio work to take down Lee Yoo Beom (Lee Sang Yeob), discover the reason why they were given these abilities and find ways to protect the ones they love most from harm.
5. Suspicious Partner (2017)
Suspicious Partner is one of the few K-dramas that does not follow the standard 16-episode format. There's a little bit of everything in this show, including legal drama, criminality, and even nice and lovely romance.
Audiences are in for a roller coaster ride as two prosecutors become entangled in a serial killer's plot while also protecting the law and falling in love.
Noh Ji-Wook (Ji Chang-Wook) changes employment and joins a famous law company, where he meets Eun Bong-Hee (Nam Ji-Hyun), a rookie prosecutor.
They get involved in a murder investigation and find how intertwined their pasts are. The case becomes even more complicated due to the murderer's forgetfulness.
4. Innocent Defendant (2017)
Innocent Defendant, a suspenseful legal drama, will have viewers pondering the truth and what really transpired.
As the head of the violent crimes division and prosecutor for the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office, Park Jung-Woo (Ji Sung) never loses a case.
However, his world is turned upside down when he wakes up in prison as a death row inmate. He suffers from amnesia and has no recollection of what happened or who he is.
Park Jung-Woo is on a mission to discover the truth and clear his name. Audiences will understand there's more to the narrative than meets the eye, and someone isn't who they seem to be.
3. Diary Of A Prosecutor (2019)
Diary of a Prosecutor is a wonderful pick for anyone searching for a more chill and laid-back drama to binge-watch. The drama is set in the fictional city of Jinyoung and follows the lives and work of a group of prosecutors.
From a seasoned prosecutor to a single mother raising a child on her own, each significant character has a unique narrative to tell.
The drama contains touching and realistic moments, as well as a romantic subplot. The drama doesn't focus extensively on romantic, swoon-worthy moments, but it does bring realism to some of the characters' daily lives.
Park Joo-Hyung (Song Joong-ki) was adopted by an Italian family when he was eight years old. Later, he joins the mafia and is adopted by Don Fabio, the Cassano Family's patriarch.
He becomes a lawyer, a mafia consigliere, and Don Fabio's right-hand man after renaming himself "Vincenzo Cassano." Following Fabio's death, Paolo, Fabio's biological son and the new Cassano Family boss seeks to assassinate Vincenzo.
He flees to Seoul, where he sets out to reclaim 1.5 tonnes of gold that he helped a recently deceased Chinese mogul hide in the Geumga Plaza basement.
However, the building has been illegally taken over by a Babel Group subsidiary, and Vincenzo must utilize his skills to recapture it and reclaim his money.
The Jipuragi Law Firm, managed by Hong Yoo-chan (Yoo Jae-Myung), is one of the more unusual tenants in Geumga Plaza, and Vincenzo discovers that their interests are similar.
Initially, he clashes with Hong Yoo-daughter, chan's Hong Cha-young (Jeon Yeo-been), an attorney for a competing company, but following her father's death, she inherits the practice and joins forces with Vincenzo and the other tenants to battle Babel Group.
1. Law School (2021)
Law School is quickly becoming a must-see drama on Netflix, with new episodes released on a weekly basis.
It's a gripping crime thriller with echoes of How To Get Away With Murder. Yang Jong-Hoon (Kim Myung-Min) is a well-known law professor who used to be a prosecutor.
His peers and students, however, dislike him because of his frigid personality. The story also follows two law students, one from a low-income family and the other with a dark secret.
When a professor is found killed and Jong-Hoon is the prime suspect, the lives of the students and Yang Jong-Hoon become intertwined. The students strive tirelessly to establish the professor's innocence and identify the perpetrator.
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