Best of the Libel Show

In Honor of This Year’s Canceled Show, Here Are 10 Memorable Performances From the Past
Students rehearse Libel Show performance

Students rehearse a musical number for the annual Libel Show in 2019. Photo by Julia Davis

March 26, 2020

With this year’s live performance of the Libel Show canceled due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, we’re sharing 10 classic skits and musical numbers from the past.

With origins as a fraternity hazing ritual on the steps of the Rotunda in 1908, the Law School’s annual Libel Show lampoons faculty, the administration and law school culture. The musical-comedy stage production now harnesses the efforts of more than 200 students each year.

The students involved in the 112th Libel Show are planning to post several pre-recorded performances in the coming days on the Law School’s Facebook talent show group. In the meantime, check out some of our recent favorites.

“Beauty and the Beast” inspired “Little Grounds,” a salute to 1L life in 2014.

Students rocked out with faculty for “Carpool Karaoke” in 2018.

Classmates try to one-up each other in “Exam Flexing” in 2019.

Three rock songs poke fun at law school life in this 2019 mix.

Looking for career opportunities after law school? Try “Clerkships Commercial” in 2015.

The Adele-inspired “3L Side” mocked the differences between students’ first and last years in school in 2016.

Man’s best friend tackles Professor Kenneth Abraham’s Torts class in “Air Bud 7” in 2016.

Tell me more about “Gunner Nights,” an ode to “Grease” in 2015.

Once upon a time, in 2013, the worst fate for a law student was to be “On A-T-L.”

Students danced to “Diamonds,” a tribute to Marilyn Monroe (or is it “Moulin Rouge”?) in 2007.

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