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REVIEW: Law School Episode 12

REVIEW: Law School Episode 12

Episode 12 left me with my entire jaw on the floor! We immediately launch back into Lee Man-ho strangling Assemblyman Ko in the bathroom (classy) and Professor Yang urging him to do it. Yang takes out his phone and starts taking pictures, so rather than trying to incite murder, he’s just trying to scare Man-ho away. Once Joon-hwi joins the party, Man-ho makes a run for it and Joon-hwi chases him and seizes his shoe. He checks the size and realizes it’s the same size as the soles in the briefcase Yang was led to. From this scene until the end of the episode, we don’t get a break as shocking truths are revealed and twists pop up left and right.

What we learn in this episode

  • Yeong-chang is actually healing quite nicely, and will get even better with physical therapy. But Ko is friends with the hospital director and asked him to lie on the medical report to make it say he has a slim chance of regaining feeling.
  • Lee Man-ho has the same shoe size as the soles found in the briefcase from last episode.
  • Ji-ho and Sol A find one of Ko’s lawyers on the Bad FaMa website called Song Ki-joon. (He’s Yeong-chang’s attorney). Half the reporters in the courtroom leave to go see him in action, thus drawing more attention to Yeong-chang’s case.
  • Joon-hwi secretly met with the medical examiner that did Seo’s second autopsy to confirm if the needle Yang found in the briefcase could cause the puncture wound on Seo’s stomach. The ME says yes, and reveals he went into the room during the first autopsy and heard someone mention the puncture wound (which was later left out).
  • Ko wants to kick Attorney Song off the case, but the drama alludes to him telling Ko about Sol A’s mom being part of the jury.
  • Seung-jae figures out what time Ye-seul saw the text/video about the sex tape from Yeong-chang, and gives the digital forensic evidence to both Yang and the prosecutor’s side.
  • Man-ho finds out the briefcase with evidence from Seo’s murder is missing from the storage locker he put it in, and meets up with the guy Joon-hwi saw outside the prison. Man-ho checks the guy’s phone and he’s the one who called Yang to tell him to go to the restaurant and seize the briefcase.
  • It looks like Professor Kim has a history of giving Assemblyman Ko bills to pass. She gave him the Lee Man-ho bill in exchange for a promise he made to her.
  • Lee Man-ho’s son James has Kim’s phone number, and FaceTimes her!!!
  • The day of Ye-seul and Yang-chang’s fight there was a bike with a dash cam that recorded everything!!! Yang found it and has had the footage this whole time!!!
  • Sol B finds out Joon-hwi is the “smoking gun” on her plagiarism case that Yang mentioned earlier. Since Joon-hwi helped Seo write the dissertation, he knows the truth.
  • Man-ho is hiding in Yang’s apartment after Ye-seul’s trial, but his ankle monitor shows he’s at home. He grabs Yang as soon as he walks through the door, and sticks a needle close to his neck.

Yes to Bad FaMa’s case helping out Ye-seul’s

When Professor Kim gave the bill to Assemblyman Ko, I thought: this is it. He’s going to get away with diverting attention from Yeong-chang and Ye-seul’s case, and we’re just going to have to be satisfied with a quiet win. Little did I know Professor Kim had a plan— a clever one at that! Her finding out lawyer Song Ki-joon (one of Yeong-chang’s lawyers) is a Bad FaMa parent, and mentioning it on the stand kills two birds with one stone. It causes half of the reporters covering the case to race over to Ye-seul’s courtroom, and it also makes Ko look like a hypocrite.

The general public is definitely going to have a problem with him pushing for parents to pay child support when he employs one who doesn’t! Kim is so clever! But I’m shocked Lee Man-ho’s son James has her number, and is so comfortable calling her. How did they meet? What’s their relationship? And what promise did Ko make her in exchange for the Lee Man-ho bill? I hope Professor Kim isn’t crooked. That would break my heart.

Yes to Professor Yang treating Ye-seul like she’s in class to make her talk

My blood is boiling after Yeong-chang-chang’s performance in the courtroom. Seriously, give the man an Oscar. I can see Ye-seul shutting down, and so does Yang, so he quits being her special defense attorney to be her professor again. He grills Ye-seul about her own case like they’re in class, and she’s able to defend herself against the prosecution’s accusations. The reason this works is it separates her from the case. She even talks about herself in third-person, and it removes her enough to function. Once again, this is a brilliant (and humane) tactic from Yang. I’m not sure if a judge would let this fly in real life, but it made me so happy. I felt triumphant on behalf of Ye-seul.

However, later on in the scene, it’s revealed that Yang had footage of Yeong-chang and Ye-seul’s tussle all along! He got it from a bike with a little dash cam that happened to be across the street. Of course, my first thought is: what the heck, Yang? If you had proof all along, why make Ye-seul go through all this? I know things aren’t straight-forward when it comes to Law School, so Yang must have a plan or a reason. I can’t wait to find out what it is.

REVIEW: Law School Episode 12
Man-ho’s really trying to catch another case, huh?

Yes to that ending scene!!!

I knew it, I knew it, I knew it! I knew there was a way Lee Man-ho could manipulate his ankle monitor to give himself fake alibis. Now I’m just worried for Yang. Judging by the preview for the next episode, it looks like he gets stuck with the needle. But it also looks like more and more characters are starting to catch on to the fact that Man-ho more than likely killed Professor Seo. Joon-hwi put the pieces together in this episode, and it looks like Prosecutor Jin questions Ko’s involvement in the next one. I can’t for the puzzle to be complete, so justice can be served.

This episode was phenomenal! It blew me away! It was so tense, and a ton of things were revealed, such as: the second medical examiner that did Seo’s autopsy possibly hearing about the needle wound when he walked in on the first one, Lee Man-ho’s son James, and the fact that Yang had footage of Yeong-chang’s fall all along. We have a lot of the puzzle pieces in front of us, but things are definitely not as they seem.

I will say I’m happy Sol A’s mom is sympathetic toward Ye-seul. Sometimes that kind of thing can go either way. The drama kind of made it seem like Sol A didn’t really plan for it though, and it just kind of happened by accident. It felt like Sol-A realized, “Oops…this might be traumatizing to my mom” during everything rather than before. Regardless, I’m glad everything went okay, but it doesn’t look like they’ll stay okay for long since Lawyer Song told Ko they were related. I’m afraid prosecution will say it’s jury tampering, and push for a mistrial.

In conclusion, I’m excited and on edge. I’m going to watch episode 13 right away, so my next review will be up soon! In the meantime, have fun in the comments.

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  1. Aliyah
    May 30, 2021 / 2:13 am

    Ah! I’m glad you loved it as much as I did. Things are really starting to fall into place and “beyond reasonable doubt” (lol). Can’t wait for the next review! Also, I think you’re right. Sol A didn’t seem to think this through but I’m glad her mom got in because, well, episode 13 explains it better haha. One thing I didn’t quite get was why Prof. Yang had that bike dashcam footage all along. At first, I thought, that was just too convenient for the plot. But, I’m not sure why we went through all that (including poor Ye-seul) but it could be for the benefit of BadFama, expose Assemblyman Ko, have an intense and brilliant court scene, or push Ye-seul to finally defend herself (a.k.a. grow a backbone). And I even thought James was Prof. Kim’s adopted son or something. XD

    • Adri
      May 30, 2021 / 4:30 pm

      It was sooo good! The best episode yet in my humble opinion. I’m working on episode 13’s review as we speak, and I still don’t get why Professor Yang withheld the bike cam footage either. It could’ve been to force Ye-seul to defend herself, but that’s taking a pretty big gamble with her mental state.

      Aside from that, this show is just too good. Best Korean courtroom drama I’ve seen in a long time. Before Law School, I think “I Can Hear Your Voice” was my favorite. (It had romance and fantasy, but it mostly revolved around court cases). What about you?

      • Aliyah
        May 30, 2021 / 8:15 pm

        I agree, I guess he really did take a gamble on Ye-seul’s mental state. But, I love how he believes in his students to push harder. Episode 13 is the best for me too and before Law School, I fell in love with Stranger haha.

        But now I’m preparing myself for a kdrama hangover when Law School is over T^T I’m currently watching Voice and I might try I Can Here Your Voice. 😀 But I’ll definitely be having a difficult time trying to find another show to move on from this superb show.

        I’m open to sci-fi, crime, mystery, and prefer if it’s focused on Law but written in a way that’s easily digestible for audiences who have little to no prior knowledge of Law in general. Bonus points if it’s thought-provoking and realistic enough ’cause that’s my way of chillin’ from work/school lol

        • Aliyah
          May 30, 2021 / 8:16 pm

          Oh, correction Episode 13 was the best in my opinion but Ep. 12 was also pretty awesome. Though, they might be equally great since I feel like they can’t stand without the other.

        • Adri
          May 30, 2021 / 11:24 pm

          That’s true. Yang really does love his students, and it shows. He does everything for their benefit. I feel like Law School would’ve been even better if the audience got to know one of Yang’s family members or close friends outside the law. Maybe a mom or dad, or a childhood friend that could give us glimpses into his life growing up, and what made him interested in law in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, Yang’s a fantastic character that didn’t need a romantic interest or anything like that. But I feel like at least one family member or long-time friend would’ve further humanized the character.

          As for Stranger, it’s on my watch list. I’m pretty sure V covered it, and enjoyed it.

          I think you’d like I Can Hear Your Voice. It’s a bit older, but showcases some interesting trials like the main one and later, one involving twins. One of the main characters being able to read minds also adds an interesting element to the courtroom.

          • Aliyah
            May 31, 2021 / 6:22 am

            Ah yeah that would be a good idea but I’m not sure how they can add that in a span of 3 episodes. You’re right, since the other characters (mostly students) are only shown to have backstories and why they wanted to get into law. That would be really interesting to know what got him into law.

            Did V cover it? Well, I’m definitely reading those reviews! Hope you enjoy Stranger and I’ll definitely try your recommendation. 😀

            • Adri
              June 1, 2021 / 6:57 pm

              It’s definitely not something they can explore in three episodes unfortunately. A parent or a childhood friend would’ve been something the drama would’ve had to weave in from the start. Oh well. It’s still great. 😀 Just something I was thinking about.

              Tomorrow’s Wednesday! I’m excited to see what happens next.

  2. Joonie
    June 7, 2021 / 7:05 am

    I loved this episode so much. Also the bike I think was owned by Sung Dong-il, the old man at the photocopy office? Not so sure though, but I loved that detail (Remember how Dong-il yelled at Geun-tae for parking at his bike’s space?).

    Also, Yangcrate’s session with Ye-Seul?????? That one was so chilling, I also remembered their discussion of the self-defense issue in the earlier episodes.

    I also love your reviews. I go here esp. when I can’t understand the scene lmao. I’ll miss this series for sure.

    • Adri
      June 7, 2021 / 8:39 pm

      It was a fantastic episode! And good point! I don’t think I realized the bike was owned by Dong-il. Yang’s courtroom/classroom session was definitely riveting! Such good writing and acting. I really admire the screenwriter.

      And awww, you’re sweet. I’m glad you enjoy the reviews. I certainly enjoy writing them 🙂

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