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So, it’s been a good while since I’ve watched this series.
I watched the final episode when it aired, and talked it over with my mom. I even hit up the forums as usual and discussed the episode with other fans online. However…I never wrote about it on my blog.
Why? To be honest, I’m not exactly sure.
Don’t get me wrong – I thoroughly enjoyed Law School. It was so much fun theorizing with other fans, and trying to predict when the elusive ‘Erica Shin’ would finally show her face.
However, looking back now at the series as a whole…I feel like it was…missing something?
I truly believe that Law School could have used an extra four episodes to bring the season count to twenty episodes, instead of sixteen. Yes, the story was wrapped up somewhat nicely at the end, but it could have used more time to flesh out certain plot points.
I also know that A LOT of people were shipping the main leads Kang Sol A and Han Joon Hwi together.
While there was actually no concrete romance in the series (which I was a-okay with) Law School kept hinting at it.
So much so that by the end of the series, you feel like something happened offscreen while watching the two leads meet up again with their former professor and now presumed mentor Yangcrates.
Law School seemed to be, at its core, a story about coming to terms with the past and dealing with how those experiences would dictate your future. All of our Hankuk University students had a common thread that tied them together – a murder which ended up exposing long-held secrets and forced emotions to the surface.
There was a great exploration of this throughout the show – with each main character getting an episode seemingly devoted to them. All the while, the murder plot was put on the backburner as the characters worked through their issues and alliance-like friendships.
Then by episode sixteen…that all kind of just tapers off.
We get one shot with Jeon Ye Seul helping a battered woman in the university’s legal clinic. Based on her history and the abuse she suffered from our main villain and his son – we know that she isn’t okay.
Is this her way of coming to terms with her grief? Her shame and guilt over things and circumstances beyond her control?
The series never answers these questions. And we as the audience are kind of just left wondering what happened to Ye Seul, and if she is alright. Or if she even finished law school, for that matter.
Which I can understand – emotional wounds take longer to heal than physical ones – but another scene with her character would have finalized her storyline.
Then there was the saga between Seo Ji Ho and Prosecutor Jin.
A lone snowy scene of the two facing off in front of a courthouse in the wintertime lets us know that time has passed, and Ji Ho is still focused on receiving justice for his father.
But…we never learn the outcome.
Based on Prosecutor Jin’s fall from grace, it is unclear if he will weasel his way out of the charges, or actually be held accountable for offences he as of yet hasn’t acknowledged.
Again – court cases take time and I can understand that…but a few more episodes in the series could have made this timeskip conclusion less…jarring.
Especially when this plot thread took up a large portion of the series from the midway point to the ending.
We never really see Min Bok Gi again, or learn what became of his budding friendship with Ye Seul.
We never hear from the traitor who eats too much Jo Ye Bum again, either.
The Kang Family is finally getting some much-needed therapy, but it may take a lifetime for them to get it together. It is unclear if Sol B ever kept in touch with Sol A, or if Sol B fulfilled her mother’s dream of becoming a judge.
Ko Young Chang all but disappears off the face of the earth, as his father gets his just desserts.
Characters that had whole episodes, plotlines, and basically ecosystems worth of storyline were just seemingly cut to focus on the two leads, and Yangcrates by the end of the series.
Then there was Professor Kim, who was seemingly the villain of Law School for the entire series based on her shady actions.
…Only to be vindicated in a scene that felt unearned.
And along with her favorite student Yoo Seung Jae, remained largely unredeemed and forgettable.
(I mean seriously – what was the point of teasing Seung Jae’s backstory and redemption if we never get to see it? Especially when this character, at one point, held the key to the entire series’ climax?)
So in the end, was Law School worth watching?
It was a great series following a group of troubled Hankuk University Law students who found a lingering connection via an unexpected murder. The show followed these characters exploration of the mystery, while they each dealt with their own grief and trauma from the past.
While there was no romance, it was replaced by a strong sense of justice – and the need to do what is morally right in this world.
Law School shows us that no matter how hard we may try – some things are just out of our control.
Things happen, and we can only adapt and try harder in the future. Which is what Professor Yangcrates realizes at the end, before walking into a classroom filled with bright-eyed, new law students who are in need of his guidance.
I would highly recommend this series if you are into drama, murder mysteries, and a realistic portrayal of emotional healing from past grievances.
But, tell me your thoughts.
Do you think Law School needed more episodes before the series concluded?
Why were we not shown closure for the other students, aside from the main leads?
Was there a hint of romance between Joon Hwi and Sol A at the end of the series?
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