Law, order, and endless suspense – sound like something you could watch? Then, you’re in for a treat.
You guys, many of these dramas had me absolutely squealing and if you love a good dose of tension-filled drama, you’re going to enjoy these drama a lot.
HERE ARE 23 MUST-WATCH LEGAL K-DRAMA RECS THAT WILL KEEP YOU GLUED FOR HOURS:
1. Juvenile Justice
Sim Eun Seok, an elite judge with a prickly personality, finds herself in a predicament when she’s assigned to a local juvenile court.
Despite her deep dislike for juvenile offenders, she is set on upholding justice while challenging conventional methods.
With an unwavering belief in her own brand of punishment, she navigates uncharted territory, where she defies norms and pushes boundaries.
As she walks the tightrope between her aversion to minor offenders and her dedication to fairness, Sim Eun Seok’s unorthodox approach made this legal Kdrama both fast-paced and impactful.
2. The Devil Judge
Set in a collapsed society, Head Trial Judge Kang (played by Ji Sung) is known as the “Devil Judge,” and his courtroom is a reality show where he mercilessly punishes the guilty.
A rivalry develops with ambitious Jung Sun Ah, while rookie Judge Kim Ga On and Police Officer Yoon Soo Hyun enter the scene.
If you’re in the mood where multiple engaging subplots interweave with the main legal narrative, then you’re going to love this one!
It features law, crime, romance and everything in between, so you just know that it’s super, super interesting.
Kim Yo Han is a judicial trainee who goes undercover to investigate a case.
So, he becomes a prisoner in Seongju Prison and is housed with some dangerous inmates.
Stuck in the cell, returning to his everyday life seems like a distant dream, and his only hope is Oh Soo Yeon, a young entrepreneur who visits him in prison and promises to help in exchange for getting her own goal realized.
The story evolves as he struggles to survive this crisis, and you best know I was absolutely tense while watching.
4. Touch Your Heart
Oh Yoon Seo, a popular actress with poor acting skills, faces a career decline after a scandal, and to revive her image, she must work as a lawyer’s secretary for a few months.
Kwon Jung Rok, a cold-hearted attorney, reluctantly accepts her as his secretary, and this kicks off one of the most beautiful romances in a legal Kdrama I’ve watched in recent years.
5. Miss Hammurabi
Judge Park Cha Oh Reum, known for her empathy, joins the 44th Civil Affairs Department in Seoul where she clashes with Im Ba Reun, a principled and impartial judge, who disapproves of her sympathetic approach to cases.
This Kdrama made me cry an unfair number of times, so I just know you’ll love it.
In the style of many omnibus dramas, every episode of this Kdrama about law and crime focused on a different set of characters (some episodes even featured unique cases inspired by real-life events).
Jung Geum Ja pushes boundaries between law and lawlessness, chasing success and money, while Yoon Hee Jae, a skilled and confident lawyer, caters to the elite, and his job is manipulating the law to their advantage.
In this Kdrama, you’ll be treated to a thrilling clash of egos, ethics, and courtroom drama as these formidable lawyers battle for power and victory.
And it really helps that the leads have insane (I mean, INSANE) chemistry with each other.
7. Big Mouth
Park Chang Ho, aka “Big Mouth,” is an unsuccessful lawyer hired by the mayor as a double agent, who ends up framed as the notorious “Big Mouse” and sent to prison.
Go Mi Ho, his determined wife, then takes on the mission to prove his innocence and solve the case.
I’m not joking when I say the stakes were high in this one – super high as a matter of fact.
Every character in this drama more than delivered, so if you’re in the mood for a powerful performance by seasoned actors, you’re going to enjoy this legal Kdrama.
8. Lawless Lawyer
Gangster turned lawyer Bong Sang Pil teams up with Ha Jae Yi, a now-suspended lawyer, and they establish the Lawless Law Firm.
Together, they fight against the corrupt but powerful Judge Cha Moon Sook, the one responsible for the death of Sang Pil’s mother.
Lawless Lawyer is the story of their pursuit of justice in an exceedingly corrupt legal system and it’s so, so, so riveting.
9. The Fiery Priest
An elderly priest gets murdered in mysterious circumstances, and the brash Priest Kim Hae Il, timid and talkative detective Goo Dae Young, and the beautiful and intelligent prosecutor Park Kyung Sun come together to solve the mystery.
The three embark on a journey full of hilarious incidents as they face the corrupt authorities and gangsters in their pursuit of catching the culprits of the murder.
If you like a Korean drama about the law that doesn’t take itself too seriously (Law School, I’m looking at you!), then the Fiery Priest should definitely be on your list.
With comedic scenes that might have you gasping for air and characters that effortlessly pull their weight, I’m sure any viewer would enjoy this drama.
And, as at the time this article is being written, season 2 of Fiery Priest is in the works!
10. One Dollar Lawyer
Cheon Ji Hun, a stylish lawyer with a 1,000-won retainer fee, fearlessly challenges wealthy clients and their expensive lawyers.
And when Baek Ma Ri, a confident prosecutor’s assistant, is forced to work with Ji Hun, she finds herself completing different impossible taaks and growing warmer towards Ji Hun and his many unconventional methods.
This is another absolutely fantastic Korean lawyer drama that reallt addresses social issues and sparks conversations about the law – I know you’ll enjoy it!
11. Joseon Lawyer: A Morality
Kang Han Su, a devious lawyer, learns the value of true justice as he unintentionally becomes a hero to the people.
With the support of client Yi Yun Ju, Han Su transforms into an ethical advocate, and this reflects his growth as both a legal professional and a person.
This interesting historical legal Korean drama is adapted from the webtoon Joseon Lawyer by Jeongjae & Shim Gun, and if you’ve ever even imagined what a lawyer in the Joseon era would do, then you don’t want to miss this drama.
Looking for more? Here are 35 Awesome Korean Historical Dramas to Enjoy Today
12. Extraordinary Attorney Woo
Woo Young Woo, a brilliant lawyer diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, faces social challenges while using her remarkable intellect.
In this Korean legal drama, she defies stereotypes, learns more about herself, and falls in love (with herself, a man, and the world).
Aside from this drama being one of my favorite Kdramas of all time, I can objectively assure you that it’s really that good.
Just like some of the other dramas on this list, each episode featured a min-story, and the themes of morality and justice were explored in a very nuanced manner.
Vincenzo Cassano, a former Mafia consigliere, returns to South Korea and teams up with lawyer Hong Cha Young.
Together, they take on a powerful conglomerate, serving up a taste of their own medicine with a side of justice.
I don’t think this Kdrama needs any introduction – I believe anyone who has been in the Kdrama space for even a second would have heard about it –, so watch this if you’re in the mood for a solid Kdrama about law and crime that will keep you on your toes.
14. Doctor Lawyer
Han Yi Han, a doctor turned lawyer, fights for victims of medical negligence after a harrowing experience – Years ago, his medical license was revoked after the death of his patient.
He is joined by prosecutor Geum Seok Yeong who lost his younger brother and girlfriend due to the surgery performed by Han Yi Han.
Together, they fight against the ones who commit medical malpractices while uncovering the conspiracy behind the surgery done by Han Yi Han.
Medicine and the law? That’s a wicked combination if I’ve ever seen one, and I can tell you for a fact that it’s just as good as it sounds.
This Kdrama doesn’t skimp on the thrills, and I just know you’ll enjoy it if you like dramas with leads who aren’t afraid to play rough.
15. Again, My Life
Adapted From the novel series Again My Life by Lee Hae Nal, Kim Hee Woo, a determined public prosecutor, is killed during a corruption investigation.
Miraculously revived, he returns to the university to uncover the truth behind his death.
Teaming up with Kim Hee Ah, they delve into a shadowy group of influential elites linked to his demise.
This is another Kdrama that I believe doesn’t need an introduction – it’s that good, and the veteran cast was simply awe-inspiring.
That said, if you’re in the mood for a Kdrama about law and crime where politics and the law merge, you’re going to enjoy this one.
16. Suspicious Partner
Prosecutor Noh Ji Wook and intern Eun Bong Hee always seem to find each other during the most embarrassing situations.
But, Eun Bong Hee’s feelings develop into something deeper when Noh Ji Wook sacrifices his career as a prosecutor to save her from being falsely convicted for the murder of her ex-boyfriend.
Both meet again as lawyers and fall in love while trying to track down a serial killer, and trust me when I say sparks and metaphorical punches were flying in tandem.
17. Divorce Attorney Shin
In the world of divorce, Shin Sung Han stands out as a skilled lawyer who resolves even the trickiest cases.
Despite the irony of his name, which means “sacred” in Korean, he navigates through the messy realities of divorce with the finesse borne from years of experience and his skills.
Supported by his two close friends, Jang Hyung Geun and Jo Jung Sik, who are also in their forties, Shin Sung Han finds comfort in their camaraderie.
And, with his expertise and compassion, he continues to excel in his profession, tackling each client’s challenges head-on.
Park Jung Woo, a dedicated prosecutor at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office, faces a bewildering twist of fate when he wakes up one day and discovers himself confined to death row with no recollection of how he got there.
Plagued by temporary amnesia, Jung Woo embarks on a desperate quest to reclaim his lost memories and exonerate himself before his final moments arrive.
Time ticks away, and with every passing second, he races against the clock to unravel the truth and reclaim his freedom.
Thrilling, gripping, you name it – this super interesting legal Korean drama literally had me hooked to my seat and I know you’ll enjoy it!
19. Remember: War Of The Son
Seo Jin Woo’s hyperthymesia grants him an exceptional memory, and when his father is wrongfully accused and faces death row, Jin Woo uses this remarkable ability to prove his innocence and save him.
With Lee In Ah, Seo Jin Woo navigates the path to justice while dealing with betrayals and corruption.
Have you ever watched a Kdrama that “stayed” with you long after watching? This drama literally broke my heart in two, so if you have a bleeding heart like mine, get your tissue ready.
This is one of the more dramatic and moving legal Kdramas on this list, but it’s just as thrilling, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy watching it.
I recommend this Kdrama to everybody and it really does check every single box for a complex, fast-paced Korean legal thriller drama.
Shin Young Joo, a charismatic female detective, handles small-time criminals while burdened by her family’s debt.
And despite her tough exterior, she has a compassionate nature.
Meanwhile, Lee Dong Joon, an empathetic and brilliant judge, lends a sympathetic ear to the vulnerable.
Together, they tackle a massive corruption case involving Taebak, the nation’s top law firm.
Little do they know that their investigation will unveil one of the most significant scandals in history.
There are so many good things to love in this Kdrama, but one of the reasons I watched this drama until the end was the female lead.
I love strong female lead roles in Kdramas, so you just know I absolutely gobbled this up, and it was nice seeing the dynamics between a judge and a detective in a legal Korean drama.
Emotionally detached prosecutor Hwang Shi Mok, known for his sharp intellect, teams up with Lieutenant Han Yeo Jin to combat corruption within the prosecutors’ office and solve a serial murder case.
Together, they bring logic and intuition to unveil the truth and restore justice.
If you like intricate plot twists, suspenseful cliffhangers, and gripping legal investigations, this Korean legal drama might just be a perfect next watch.
Guys, Stranger is really, really interesting and this isn’t an exaggeration.
22. Bad Prosecutor
Jin Jung and A Ra are fearless prosecutors fighting for justice in a corrupt world.
While Do Hwan, an ambitious elite prosecutor, embraces power and wealth.
Their intertwined stories reveal the battle between righteousness and corruption, and the story in this legal Kdrama unfolds as their personal lives intertwine with their professional struggles.
23. Welcome 2 Life
In the fantasy drama Welcome 2 Life, a self-centered lawyer unexpectedly finds himself in a parallel universe after a mishap.
Now living as a righteous prosecutor, he uses his legal skills to aid those in need.
Welcome 2 Life is a tale of transformation and second chances in a world beyond imagination, and I just know you’ll love it if you enjoy intriguing character dynamics and powerful storytelling.
24. May It Please The Court
No Chak Hee, an ambitious attorney at a prestigious law firm, faces a setback when a case goes awry, and this leads to a year-long suspension.
Determined to reclaim her position, she takes on a job as a public defender.
There, she crosses paths with Jwa Shi Baek, a brilliant colleague with a mysterious side.
Though initially at odds, they unite to investigate a serial murder case, uncovering hidden truths and developing trust.
As their unlikely partnership deepens, they navigate the complexities of the legal system and unravel personal secrets along the way.
There’s a strong emphasis on the leads in this drama and if you enjoy character-driven narratives that are equal parts relatable and compelling, I have a good feeling you’re going to enjoy this drama.
25. Witch’s Court
Ma Yi Deum, a materialistic and fierce female prosecutor, is assigned to a special task force for sex crimes.
Joining her is newbie prosecutor Yeo Jin Wook.
Together, they solve crimes with their grudging chemistry, using their unique skills to crack cases and deliver justice.
This is another amazing legal Kdrama that managed to deliver a stunning combo of romance, suspense, intrigue, political machinations, and mystery – I have a good feeling you’ll enjoy this one.
26. My Lawyer, Mr. Jo
Jo Deul Ho, a once-promising star prosecutor, finds himself losing it all when he takes a brave stand against rampant corruption.
But, he doesn’t let adversity define him.
He then decides to embrace his new reality by becoming a lawyer at a humble neighborhood law firm.
Cha Woo Jin became a prosecutor after the murder of his first love, Choi Seung Hee.
Fifteen years later, he meets Jo Eun Bi, who looks the same as Seung Hee, and he finally gets a lead to catch the killer of Seung He.
He restarts his investigation, and the circumstances show that Jo Eun Bi is the next target for the killer.
The story develops as prosecutor Woo-jin tries to catch the killer while protecting Jo Eun Bi. Fast-paced and moving, Reset is a killer Kdrama that anyone would love.
28. Class of Lies
In Class of Lies, a suspended lawyer goes undercover as a temporary high school teacher to solve the murder case of a student in a bid to rebuild his career.
While investigating, he meets the physical education teacher, Ha So Hyeon, and the duo join hands to reveal the truth of the mysterious murder case and unveil the group of privileged students bullying and controlling other students and teachers.
29. Pride and Prejudice
Gu Dong Chi is an experienced and enigmatic prosecutor with a brilliant mind that helped him pass the bar exam immediately after high school.
Soon, the ace prosecutor finds himself working with a group of “loser prosecutors,” including rookie prosecutor Han Yeol Moo and veteran prosecutor Moon Hee Man.
Together, they fight legal battles against crime and corruption to bring justice to poor and helpless people.
This oldie but goldie Kdrama was a very satisfying watch, and I loved how thoroughly uncomplicated the storyline was.
In an attempt to save his niece, prosecutor Kang Gon discovers some mysterious items with supernatural powers.
Now he must find the stories behind these items and the conspiracy associated with them. In his quest, he gets help from Shin So Young, a woman with a criminal profile.
How many of these dramas have you watched? How many have you added to your watchlist? Do you think you’ll check any of then out? Did I miss your favorite legal Kdrama? Let me know in the comments!
So, if you genuinely enjoy legal Kdramas and you’re looking for more recommendations of the best of the best, then these dramas deserve a spot on your watchlist (you’ll love them)
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