13 Must-Watch Legal K-Dramas Released in 2022
Legal dramas have always made for great entertainment and viewers find themselves immersed in the legal proceedings in different legal shows. The wittiness and quick-thinking of the lawyers and the surprise witness who changes the outcome of the case at the last moment are some of the twists that have us at the edge of our seats.
If you are wondering what current legal K-dramas to watch then look no further. Here are the best Korean legal dramas released this year so get your popcorn ready and enjoy!
Shim Eun-seok, played by Kim Hye-soo, is a rigorous elite judge with an irritable personality who despises juvenile offenders. She gets appointed as the judge at the Yeonhwa District Court.
The story follows Eun-seok as she imposes her tough beliefs on punishment and justice on minor offenders. She constantly breaks customs and administers the punishment she deems fit for the crimes.
The Law Café
Tells the love story of a former prosecutor who is now a building owner Kim Jeong-ho (Lee Seung-gi), and a lawyer with a four-dimensional personality Kim Yu-ri (Lee Se-young). Jeong-ho used to be a genius prosecutor but quit his job due to a corruption scandal involving his father.
Yu-ri is fiery and impatient but an excellent lawyer who despises injustice. She quits her job to fulfill her lifelong dream of opening a café where she serves coffee and offers legal advice to the customers. Jeong-ho and Yu-ri are childhood friends; coincidentally, Jeong-ho becomes her proprietor.
Extraordinary Attorney Woo
The show details the life story of a young lawyer, Woo Young-woo, played by Park Eun-bin, with Asperger’s Syndrome. She is different due to her condition, which makes it difficult for her to socialize and build relationships with workmates and friends.
However, she is gifted with an exceptional memory that comes in handy in the courtroom. She is also fierce due to her incredible creativity, intelligence, wit and genius IQ.
The drama tells an explosive love story between a law professor trying to redeem herself and a law student with a painful past. Oh Soo-jae (Seo Hyun-jin) is a smart and talented lawyer and the youngest partner of TK Law Firm, considered the best law firm in the country.
She has an ambitious desire to succeed but is self-righteous and principled. She gets involved in an unfortunate case that leads to her demotion to become a law professor. She develops a love interest in Gong Chan (Hwang In-youp), a man with a painful experience with the justice system, who owns a bar.
Military Prosecutor Doberman
This riveting drama follows the story of two military prosecutors from different backgrounds, with different personalities and different objectives. Do Bae-man’s (Ahn Bo-hyun) intent is to become a successful military prosecutor and make more money.
By contrast, Cha Woo-in (Jo Bo-ah) has revenge on her mind when she joins Bae-man’s team. Regardless, the two prosecutors find a way to work together and bring down a wave of corruption in the military.
An infamous lawyer, Park Chang-ho (Lee Jong-suk), with a low success rate, is hired by a mayor to investigate a big murder case that he ends up being framed for as he uncovers conspiracies involving the wealthy and influential.
He is sent to prison as the famous con artist known as big mouse. The incident threatens his life and his family, and he is determined to uncover the truth. He gets help from his wife, a strong and willful nurse who would do anything to prove that her husband is innocent.
Again My Life
Kim Hee-woo (Lee Joon-gi) manages to work hard and pass his bar examination despite his low high school grades. He becomes a passionate prosecutor relentless in taking down the corrupt. He is mysteriously killed while looking into a case of corruption involving a politician but somehow gets a second chance when he is restored to life.
The story follows Hee-woo as he strives to complete his education again and investigate what happened to him. He meets Kim Hee-ah (Kim Ji- eun), and together they search for the truth and uncover rich and powerful players involved in Hee-woo’s death.
Cheon Ji-hun (Namkoong Min) is a brilliant lawyer who charges his clients a retainer fee of one US Dollar, (10,000 won). He fights against the wealthy accused with the intent of escaping the law using their money and hiring expensive lawyers.
His life intertwines with Baek Ma-ri (Kim Ji-eun) after her grandfather sends her to learn from him. She possesses high self-esteem and is very confident. Her life changes after meeting Ji-hun.
Jin Jung (Doh Kyung-soo) is a delinquent prosecutor who would do anything for justice. He has no regard for political law, standardization, or sincerity in his quest to take down the corrupt wealthy people and their criminal organizations.
He works at the Central District office where Shin Ah-ra (Lee Se-hee) is a partner, and Oh Do-hwan (Ha Joon) is an elite prosecutor who believes in power and money. Shin Ah-ra believes in the importance of objectivity and following protocol, while Do-hwan will do anything to achieve success and promotion in the office.
The story follows the life of a judicial trainee Kin Yo-han (Kang Ha-neul). While investigating a corruption case, he finds himself undercover and stuck as a prisoner at the dangerous Seongju Prison. Knowing he was betrayed, he fights to survive as his fellow inmates relentlessly try to destroy him.
He vows to get revenge on his betrayers and uses his wits and exceptional fighting skills to survive in the lawless prison.
Han Yi-han (So Ji-sub) is an elite surgeon specializing in cardiothoracic and general surgery. He had a high success rate until he lost one of his patients and his medical license was revoked.
Four years later, Yo-han works as a lawyer handling medical litigation. He vigilantly defends victims and punishes professionals accused of medical negligence and malpractice.
May It Please the Court
Noh Chak-hee (Jung Ryeo-won) is a ruthless and brilliant corporate attorney with a high success rate and on the verge of becoming a partner at a prestigious law firm.
She successfully defends a pharmaceutical company manufacturing dangerous birth control pills, but a problem occurs, and she gets arrested for manipulating a victim to attempt suicide. She gets suspended for one year and is forced to work as a public prosecutor.
Han Hye-ryul (Kim Sun-ah) comes from a family of top-tier rich and influential people who have used their law careers to build an empire. She is the chief of the Central District Prosecutor’s office special investigation unit.
She is meticulous and excellent, and has her eyes set on promotion to the Prosecutor General. Despite her hard work, people view her success as primarily due to her family, and she is determined to break free, but this comes at a very high price.
So there we have it! Our spotlight shining on 13 different legal dramas released this year. How many have you watched? Which ones are your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.