10 K-Dramas About Lawyers For Those Who Can’t Watch Law & Order Anymore

10 K-Dramas About Lawyers For Those Who Can’t Watch Law & Order Anymore
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Here are some shows that make way more sense.

No matter how popular NBC's Law & Order franchise is, it doesn't seem to be as exciting to many viewers anymore. Does this mean that the law has become a tired subject? Not really, sometimes all you need to reignite interest is a fresh approach. Korean TV shows, for example, can make you look at your favorite genre from a different angle.

If you're ready to take a break from Dick Wolf's soapy series for something a little more dynamic, but just as compelling, check out the list of legal-themed K-dramas below.

The Devil Judge (2021)

You could call the world where trials are televised as a kind of reality show dystopian, but we've all seen a few big cases in this format, so The Devil Judge isn't too far from the truth. The show focuses on three judges, all fighting for peace in their own way, and is very heavy on courtroom proceedings.

Law School (2021)

Unfortunately, studying the law and facing how it works in reality are two different things. The students of the law school are faced with an impossible task when they have to investigate the death of one of their professors in order to prove the innocence of another. This case may be the best practice they ever get because it is very real.

Juvenile Justice (2022)

There is always something that drives a juvenile to break the law, but the cold and distant judge Shim Eun-seok, who has a bitter past and a grudge against all juvenile offenders, doesn't understand that. She has to start growing and learning as soon as she is appointed as judge of a juvenile court in the Yeonhwa district.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022)

When you are different from the rest of your peers, you have to work twice as hard to prove yourself to the world. Autistic lawyer Woo Young-woo, who is absolutely brilliant in her academic knowledge but has a unique approach to her work and has to face many dismissive people, knows this struggle firsthand.

Stranger (2017-2020)

If you enjoy a thrilling investigation, this show would be a perfect choice to keep you hooked until the very end. This is the story of Hwang Si-mok, a prosecutor who lacks empathy and social skills, but has the help of police lieutenant Han Yeo-jin. Together they are on their way to destroy a big corruption conspiracy between the prosecution and a private chaebol.

One Dollar Lawyer (2022)

Anything that costs a dollar sounds either very small or very suspicious. But Chun Ji-hoon, a former prosecutor of the Supreme Prosecutor's Office, charges only one dollar for his work and brings justice to even the most hopeless cases. In the background, however, he has to solve his own investigation of a lifetime.

Divorce Attorney Shin (2023)

For most of his life Shin Sung-han had nothing to do with matrimonial law. However, after receiving some shocking news, he flies back to his homeland and becomes a divorce lawyer. Thus begins a whole new journey full of different couples with the most interesting stories and a lot of laughs for the viewers.

Big Mouth (2022)

Not everyone is born to be a lawyer. Park Chang-ho, nicknamed "Big Mouth" by his colleagues because of his tendency to speak before he thinks, is definitely not the most successful at his job. But when he gets mixed up in a case and finds himself on the radar of a very dangerous gang, he has to learn to protect himself.

One Ordinary Day (2021)

Through a series of unfortunate events, Kim Hyun-soo, an ordinary college student, becomes a suspect in a murder case. As the only suspect, he is almost destined to be sent away and spend the rest of his days in prison. However, the young lawyer Shin Joong-han takes up his case and helps him fight against the police and the prosecution.

Diary of a Prosecutor (2019)

Though set in a fictional Korean city, Diary of a Prosecutor perfectly captures the reality of an overworked prosecutor's office trying to be as efficient and fair as possible in their working conditions. Despite their differences, they all fight for peace and justice in their own special way.