Page images
PDF
EPUB

lecture, on the "Origin of law," was the first generally; two recitations on courts, showing of a series of public lectures to be given un. the manner in which cases are conducted, der the auspices of the school during the and how they finally get into the reports; coming year. The remaining lectures will be one recitation on the parts of a reported case. given by Hon. William Michael Byrne, form- covering the beadnotes, statement of facta erly United States District Attorney for Dela. the opinion, the judgment, etc.; and are ware, and Ilon. Francis L. Wellman, of the recitations on the study and analysis of cases, New York Bar, as follows: Mr. Byrne: "Fed. As a result of the careful attention given eral Laws and State Governments." "Our to the practical side of a lawyer's training. Struggle for Freedom-A Look Backward at the Michigan University Law School grades Colonial Laws." "Our First Experiment in ates students far better fitted to start in actu. Nationality-The Articles of Confederation, al practice than does the average law schmi. Their Defects and Failure.” "The Cause Not only are the students benejted by the and Scope of the American Constitution." policy adopted by the scbool authorities along "The American Constitution and the Test of these lines, but the school itself has gained a Time." "The American Constitution and national reputation with the bar of the coun. the Test of Force." "Constant Laws and try for turning out good lawyers that is not Changed Conditions." Mr. Wellman: “The surpassed by that of any other law school. Trial Lawyer, with Some Practical Suggestions on the Trial of Cases before Juries."

The outlook for this year (the school's first Roger W. Cooley, whose fame throughout year in its new quarters at 20 Vesey St.) the law schools is becoming more and inore is most promising. The registration is 55 extended, will give his well-known course of per cent. in excess of last year, and every Instruction on "Law Books and How to Find sign seems to indicate that the remarkable the Law" to the Senior students in about for growth of this school lo its short career is ty of the leading law schools this season. Mr. to continue.

Cooley's schedule up to the Christins holl. Three new instructors have been added days is as follows: University of Michigan, to the faculty: Joseph A. Warren, A. B., LL, October 1-17; Detroit College of Law, Ocim B., Quasi Contracts and Carriers; Michael ber 19–24; University of Wisconsin, October F. Dee, A. B., LL. B., Suretyship and Mort- 26-31; University of Chicago, Northwestern gages; Charles Fuller, A. B., LL. B., Do. University, John Marshall Law School, sa mestic Relations.

vember 2–14; Indiana University, Novembro 16-21; Cincinnati Law School, November 23

25; University of West Virginia, November One of the reasons wby the University of 30-December 5; Pittsburg Law School, De Michigan Law School retains its great popu- cember 7-9; Dickinson College, December 10larity throughout the country, and why its 15; University of Maryland, December 16attendance is so much larger than that of 23. After the holidays Mr. Cooley's work the average law school, is because of the will take him to tbe law schools of the Dis fact that it has always offered its students trict of Columbia, Virginia, New York, Mas the best possible instruction and training in sachusetts, Ohio, and several Western states. actual practice. To do everything possible to be done to strengthen the practical courses, and to At its students to engage in practice The College of Law of the University of upon leaving the law school, is one of the Southern California bas entered upon its mottoes of the Dean and the members of fourth year since its reorganization and be. the faculty of the school. For a number of coming a part of the University of Southern years two professors have devoted all of California, and opens with an enrollment of their time to the practice courses, while the over two hundred students. This shows other members of the faculty co-operate in splendid growth compared with the ifteen the work in various ways. Another proses. students who were enrolled in this college sor, with an assistant, devote their entire four years ago. time and energy in giving systematic in- New quarters have been secured in the struction in the Substantive Law of Conves- Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company ancing, accompanied by a thorough drill in Building, which is a modern office building. the actual preparation of all important forms located near the center of Los Angeles busiof conveyances. For the past tbree seasons ness section, on the corner of Third and Hill Prof. Roger W. Cooley has been engaged to. streets. In its present quarters this school prepare the Senior students of the Michigan is for the first time in its history well locat. Law School in the use of law books and the ed and well equipped with a good library. investigation of authorities. This year a new plenty of well-furnished rooms and rooins elementary course is being given in the school which are free from noise and other distrac to the first year men by Prof. Evans Hol. tions which usually interfere with the recita: brook. This course consists of ten recitations; tions of classes in colleges situated in the two recitations covering legal bibliography, business section. This law school, which is explaining the sources of the law, the re- now one of the largest in the West, bas ports, statutes, digests, and law publications gone somewbat out of the ordinary, having

[blocks in formation]
[ocr errors]

The Cincinnati Law School, wbich cele Arated its scventy-Arth anniversary on the 3th day of June last, opened with a good enmilmeet on September 28th.

The faculty has been slightly changed in the resignation of Professor Henry A. Mor. fill, who had been a teacher in the school for thirty-nine years. He taught the subject of Constitutional Law, but in June retired on a pension from the Carnegie Foundation, and the subject of Constitutional Law was given to Hon. Judson Harmon, now candidate for Governor of Oblo on the Democratic ticket. Judge Harmon will continue to teach this subject, whether he is elected Governor

gathering into an institution. The most famous of all these private schools was that founded by Tapping Reeve, at Litcbfield, Conn., shortly after the Revolution, which bad an existence of half a century.

It had many imitators, but few equals. All these private schools were supplanted by those of the universities, and these in turn seem to be entering upon an era of increased requirements for admission and graduation. This tendency is in part stimulated by the practice of nearly half the states of the Union, which has substituted for the old free and easy method of admission to practice examination by expert boards. The result has been that admittance to the bar has become prac. tically equivalent to demonstrating the possession of the degree of bachelor of law. In Massachusetts graduation from a reputable law school is not legally a prerequisite condition for admission to the bar, but the nature of the examination is such that the possession of a diploma is practically requisite to passing. All who have it do not pass, . but almost all who pass have it. Despite the increasing rigor of the test there is no diminution of the number of lawyers. The profession is congested in every large city, and the only room is at the top, wbither Websters and Marshalls climb. The Websters are rather men who make schools of law than men made by law schools, but who shall not say that the great Daniel would not have appreciated facilities similar to those of the present.—Boston Transcript.

1

or not.

[ocr errors]

The School has attained some additional notoriety by reason of the fact that its former Dean, the Hon. William H. Taft, is the Republican candidate for the presidency, and bis name is still kept on the faculty roll of the Scbool.

Dean James Barr Ames of the Harvard Law School delivered the principal address at tbe School's seventy-fifth anniversary cele bration in June, on the subject of "Law and Morals."

in the application of the school to the study of law in the United States bas dragged far behind the nations of Continental Europe. The Universities of Bologna and Paris bad great law schools even in the Middle Ages, with courses on general principles assimi. lating tbose of to-day. We were influenced or the British tradition, for neither Oxford por Cambridge has what may be called law schools in the modern acceptance of the terin. On the other band, the sparsely settled condition of our country, the absence of great cities, the crudeness of our social system, the newness of everything, combined to prerent the evolution of schools of lawyers for lawyers similar to the Inns of Court. Our great lawyers, men of the stamp of Webster and Marshall, acquired their law at the bench, so to speak, and from such instruction as they could receive or obtain in offices. Webster was one of these clerk students in the office of Christopher Goro, then famous among the adrocates of his time, and much sought as an instructor of legally minded youth, who had to pay bandsome premiums for the privi. lege of receiving bis instruction. Our first law schools were simply expansions of this system, an eminent jurist gathering about bim classes, and by his ability developing the

The law school of the University of Mississippi opened this year with the largest attendance in its history. Its enrollment includes many degree men from the academic schools. The opening address was delivered by the new Chancellor, Dr. Andrew A. Kincannon; his subject being “The Lawyer from the Layman's View." Hon. John Elmore Holmes, of Hernando, Mississippi, has been elected to the chair of Common and Statute Law. Mr. Holmes is an alumnus of the University of Mississippi, and has bad successful experience both as a teacher and as a practitioner of the law. Hé surrendered a lucrative practice to respond to the call of his alma mater, and is doing excellent service in ber behalf. In view of the increased attendance upon the school, the law faculty is seriously considering the propriety of extending its course, and asking for an addi. tion to its teaching force.

The fall term of the new Atlanta Law School opened auspiciously. There were present a class of twenty-eight matriculates, with an average age of twenty-five. This school bas a thorough two years' course of study. The students attending represent ten different states. Of them four bave taken er. aminations for advance standing and are do

[merged small][ocr errors]

The National University Law School of Washington, D. C., announces again this year the largest registration in its history, with many students yet to be heard from, who are kept away froin Washington by the exigencies of a presidential campaign. This law school already occupies, in point of numbers, an enviable position among the ten largest law schools in the country. Dr. Haunis Taylor, the distinguished American jurist, begins this year an extended course upon the History of the Common Law, which is based upon his latest and perhaps most important contribution to tbe literature of jurisprudence. Dr. Taylor gave up the chair on Contracts, which will be filled by Hon. John G. Capers, at one time United States District Attorney, and at present the United States Commissioner of Internal Revenue at Washington. The course upon International Law bas been enlarged, and will be offered by Brig. Gen. Geo. B. Davis, the Judge Advocate General of the United States Army, recently one of the Commissioners to The Hague Conference, and an author of repute upon that subject, having been for a number of years instructor upon International Law at the United States Military Academy. Professor Charles F. Carusi, the Dean of the law faculty, delivered an address upon tbe sys. tematic study of the law at the fortieth annual opening of the law school. He has lately published a short treatise on Government Contracts before the Accounting Officers and in the United States Court of Claims, which will be the basis of one of the courses of Federal Administrative Law offered by the school.

yers, and the proposed lawyers' onth for ad. mission to the bar.

Who will not read it and in his own mind comment upon It?

It is right that lawyers should have capons of professional ethics set before them, and be required to swear that they will olay them. Members of the other professions do this. At ordination the clergyman makes most emn engagement publically that be will devote himself faithfully and unselfishis to his spiritual calling.

For the physician there has been from ages past the lippen. cratic oath administered on entering his jim. fession. To the physician we commit the care of our bodies, and they should be m. quired to feel the tremendous responsibility ling the life or death of their patients.

To the clergyman we commit the care of the moral character of the community, that is, of the spiritual, which is the eternal, life of the peo ple; and no oath can be too solemn to in). press on them their duties.

To the lawyer we commit the constitution and preservating of society and all the rights and wrongs ne humanity. No language can be too forcibile, no oath too binding, to impress on the young man entering the profession bis obligation to worship justice, and with all bis miskie to secure its honor, and not to treat bis as a mere money-getting trade.

The temptations of the mere money-setting lawyers are measureless, and they are indieal. ed in the canons and the oath. They am temptations to be faithless for the sake of greed, either to the client or to the state. The client may be robbed under form of law, or justice may be robbed by fraud or perjury. It is to prerent such crimes that lawyers' associ. ations are created, and it is their duty to me that justice 18 maintained and lawyers dlo barred for professional misconduct.

Law concerns everybody and ought to interest everybody. There are very few people to whom the profession of the law is not of serious importance.. Lawyers do the larger part of making our laws, and the execution of law is wholly their duty. The sole business of law is justice, and that ought to be the sole business of lawyers.

Dealing in justice, the men of no other pro fession have such temptations to injustice, and it is particularly important that they should constantly strive to raise the standard of their character. We have thought that we could hardly publish anything more important or really more generally interesting than the “Canons of Professional Ethics" for law.

The Indiana Law School bas taken pos. session of a suite of rooms in the Talboti Block, corner of Pennsylvania and Market streets, Indianapolis, which have been remodel. ed to meet the demands of the school. The location is only a square's distance from the Court House, from the Federal Building, and in the very heart of the business and profes. sional offices of the city. The course of study in the school has been lengthened, cor. ering 32 weeks, exclusive of vacation, with a minimum of 14 hours per week to the Junt. or class, and a minimum of 14 hours per werk to the Senior class. Additions to the Facul. ty this year are: Hon. Fremont Alford, Er. Judge of the Criminal Court, Instructor in Criminal Law and Procedure; James M. Ber. ryhill, Esq., Instructor in Sales and Personal Property. Hon. Flenry M. Dowling, Ex.As sistant Attorney General, and now Rallroad Commissioner for Indiana, formerly an 10structor in this school, bas resumed his place as Instructor in Evidence and Real Properts.

« PreviousContinue »