The Legal Beat
Law Revue Video Contest 2021: The Finalists!
Posted on Friday May 07, 2021
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to feast your eyes upon the best of the best in the 2021 law revue video contest. This year, the competition was superb — so superb, that for the twelfth edition of this contest, we decided to narrow down the competition to the top three videos.
Not only were these law students able to carry a tune, but they also had excellent comedic timing, and provided us with professional-grade production values. Our finalists’ videos were an absolute joy with recent rap earworms paired with a Broadway hit, providing an excellent soundtrack for this year’s law revue stylings. You stayed current, and the results were amazing. Nice work!
This year, your reviewers will be Staci Zaretsky, Joe Patrice, and Kathryn Rubino. We issue only advisory opinions; you hold all the power.
Who will follow the winners of years past into the annals of Law Revue history? It’s up to you, our readers! Do the right thing: vote early, and vote for the best.
Videos are listed in alphabetical order by school. Voting will close on SUNDAY, MAY 16, at 11:59 P.M. (Eastern time).
1. NYU LAW – GUNNER/SAVAGE
STACI: This was absolutely fantastic, and this line 100% nails the gunner experience in law school: “Sit back, listen to my stance, eyes roll every single time I raise my hand.” I really appreciated the near-perfect Megan Thee Stallion “AH.” Excellent job.
JOE: Concept is great, production is great. If I have any quibble it would be that it might need a lyrical bridge… maybe give the penultimate chorus a different set of lyrics to add a little variety as the song closes in on 4 minutes. But when I’m focusing on that, you know it’s pretty close to perfect.
KATHRYN: Well, isn’t this fun? Historically, the best law revue videos have the ability to transport even the most jaded senior lawyers back to their law school days with their succinct and relatable lyrics — this does that perfectly. And man, this song is a bop, gotta love it.
2. UT LAW AUSTIN – YOU GAVE BACK
STACI: The lyrics here are witty, and serve as a reminder that your law school is going to come after you for donations when you least expect it. Good production for a purely Zoom presentation.
JOE: It’s a risk to walk into the Hamilton songbook. Everyone knows it, it’s been done brilliantly by people before you, and there’s almost only risk of disappointment when you tread here. And yet… Texas pulls it off. The production values for a Zoom presentation are great with cute captioning to keep the audience visually engaged better than the default subtitles, a healthy variety of jokes between verses, all while maintaining a consistent overall theme. Fantastic.
KATHRYN: There’s a lot good in this submission, but what really gets me is the uniquely quarantine vibe — it’s the ultimate in Zoom performance. The graphics aren’t merely perfunctory, they add to the jokes. After a year+ of online living, I truly appreciate that.
3. UVA LAW – WAC
STACI: You know something is great when the chorus from the parody song gets stuck in your head. Elena K’s speed rapping is resume worthy.
JOE: Kagan’s verse is one of the best bits of the whole competition. That’s not a knock on the rest of the fantastic performances here, but Kagan’s whole bit got me genuinely laughing out loud.
KATHRYN: Apparently featuring the musical stylings of Megan Thee Stallion gave entrants a distinct advantage this year, and I’m HERE FOR IT. As others have noted, the skillz in the UVA submission are noteworthy, but the deft weaving of commentary is what really puts this one over the top for me.
It’s time to vote, everyone. Polls close on SUNDAY, MAY 16, at 11:59 P.M. (Eastern time). Click HERE to get out the vote among your friends and family.