It’s frigid in the Northeast, but the cold temperatures can’t obscure all the signs that spring is upon us. America is engaged in an unnecessary military action in the Middle East, purported Wake Forest Law students are freaking out, and I’m talking myself into a Mets ticket package. Yeah baby, spring is in the air.
And so it’s time for another rite of spring: Above the Law’s annual Law Revue video contest. For the third year in a row, we will be accepting submissions for the funniest law-student-generated video clip of the year. The Annual Law Revue (or whatever the parody show is called at your law school) allows students to poke fun at law and life. And now, thanks to the wonder of file-sharing sites, the musical creations last beyond the run of the show, and can be enjoyed (or hated) over and over again on YouTube. We’ll watch all the videos, and you guys will vote for the best.
Last year, Northwestern took home the honors with a brilliant parody of an Annie Lennox song. Check it out to see a winning effort.
As in any contest, THERE ARE RULES. The rules are listed below. Since many of you aspire to be lawyers, we trust that you are CAPABLE OF FOLLOWING RULES. Those who do not follow rules will be punished, in this life and the next….
Here are the rules:
1. Your video must be publicly available online somewhere. Send us the link at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Law Revue Video Contest Submission – School Name.” We’ll accept submissions of any videos posted after April 18, 2010 (the deadline for last year’s contest).
2. Send us that submission by Sunday, April 17, at 11:59 PM (Eastern time). That’s not a soft, law school deadline. It’s a hard, law firm deadline. (NO EXCEPTIONS, so don’t even try pleading with us; if you’re reading this post after the deadline, you don’t read ATL enough.)
3. We will accept “studio recordings” of scenes intended for live performance.
4. Your editors here at ATL will make a list of our favorites, the competition finalists, and post them.
5. We will NOT watch videos longer than 5 minutes. Use editing tools, people.
6. Please submit no more than two entries per school (one per school is even better). Try to collaborate with your fellow students and submit no more than two entries. If the leadership of Law Revue can come up with “official” submissions, that would be ideal.
7. ATL readers will then vote to choose the funniest of the finalists. Beyond the glory of ATL contest-winning fame, there will be prizes (to be determined).
We have already received the George Washington’s Cee-Lo Green’s parody, and the preview to NYU Law School’s show. Please do not resubmit these clips.
Here are some other unofficial rules:
A. Please send funny videos only.
B. You have no idea how short our attention spans are. If you use the full five minutes, it best be HILARIOUS.
C. Gratuitous shout-outs to Above the Law are appreciated and encouraged.
D. Your ATL editors represent a diverse spectrum of sexual preference. Dress accordingly.
E. Video quality matters. A shaky clip shot on a handheld from a third-floor balcony is probably not going to make the cut.
F. Don’t make us hate you.