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Billy Flynn, Broadway's most beloved singing lawyer, knew the importance of giving the jury that "old razzle dazzle." But Flynn was a figment of Bob Fosse's imagination. And he was presumably licensed and wealthy.
What about the struggling law students who have yet to razzle, dazzle, or amass a personal fortune? Don't they deserve a musical, too? Students at the University of Colorado Law School seem to think so: they will be performing their "First Annual Colorado Law School Musical, Glamorous Law School," April 12-14 at the Dairy Center for the Arts Carsen Theater in Boulder, Colo. Performances start at 8:00 p.m., and you can buy tickets for only $15.
(Yes, this is a bit of a departure from our usual case coverage, but some events just warrant mention.)
According to the Colorado Bar Association's newsletter, "Glamorous Law School reflects the strange experience of the modern law student, contrasting the promised dream of instant wealth and fame against the uncomfortable reality of unemployment and difficult choices. Featuring original songs such as 'Dating in Law School's a Mistake,' and a dance battle between legal research companies, Glamorous Law School is sure to please everyone's inner law student."
Law students tend to be a creative bunch, but we have misgivings about a full-length law school musical. The only reasons we're still on board with this idea are: (1) dating in law school is a mistake, (2) a legal research company dance-off sounds amazing, and (3) we are both horrified and compelled by the idea that people have an "inner law student." Perish the thought.
The brains behind Glamorous Law School are members of Law Students for the Performing Arts (LSPA), a University of Colorado Law School student group dedicated to involving law students in performing arts by "placing legal learning in a [broader] cultural context." Even better news? The LSPA plans to make the law school musical an annual affair.
Considering the bleak outlook for the legal job market, and the courts' resistance to law school employment-statistics lawsuits, perhaps more students should follow the LSPA's lead and start using their time in law school to hone their broader legal skills. Give 'em the old razzle dazzle!
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