Popular Songs to Use in Class
Here you will find a collection of song lyrics to popular songs that may be used in class to illustrate or emphasize particular lessons and topics. No access is provided to the songs themselves, but title and artist is provided to allow you to purchase the song from any legal download service like iTunes , MSN Music , Amazon , etc. The lyrics are provided so that you may determine if the song has value for your classroom. The songs are presented in no particular order. Please browse liberally. I hope that you find something that you can use.
The Law by Bob Rea
I use this song in the first unit of my Legal Environment course when we are exploring, "What is Law?" I use it to illustrate the point that law is not inherently just. In order for law to be just, justice must be pursued and embraced. Sample audio here .
So Sue Us by Dance Hall Crashers
I always thought that the lesson here was obvious - a legitimate issue to consider in litigation is the likelihood of being able to collect on a judgment. It makes the decision to proceed with litigation an economic decision as much as a legal decision. However, when I recently asked students to comment on this song, a fair number responded that the song indicates that people will sue over trivial matters (like back rent and damaged windows). I guess the popularly created image of the frivolous lawsuit is durable, indeed. Sample audio here .
I heard you had a mind to sue
So sue us, whatcha gonna do with us
My Attorney Bernie by Dave Frishberg
This song contains an interesting perspective (social commentary?) on what lawyer qualities are valued by society (Dodger season boxes; an office full of "foxes"). Audio sample here .
I'm impressed, with my attorney Bernie
Lullaby For Lawyers by Patti Rothberg
There are many songs that are critical of lawyers, however,not many as clever as this one (and the one that follows). Amidstsome of the starkly graphic rhyming insults are clever rhymingschemes such as "res ipsa loquitor" rhyming with "respondeatsuperior." The song shows the animus that many feel for lawyers.It might be useful to pair this song with Warren Zevon's,"Lawyers, Guns and Money." Everyone seems to hate lawyers . . .until they need one! A full two minute audio samplehere.There are rats there are bats
One Million Lawyers by Tom Paxton
The best of the anti-lawyer songs. A classic. Audio sample here .
Humankind has survived some disasters, for sure,
The world shook with dread of Attila the Hun
Oh, a suffering world cries for mercy.
In spring it's tornados and rampaging floods;
Mark DeAngelis, JD: Asst. Prof. in Residence, BLAW, UConn; email@example.com