The Law School and the State, 26 Michigan Law Review 843 (1928)
On the legal profession rests the responsibility for the future of America. Nowhere else does the necessary leadership exist, and leadership, based on training, character and intelligence, will determine the future of the republic. The rapid rise of America to the primacy of the world; its vast wealfh, power and population; its problems of capital and labor; its expansion of governmental functions; its diversity of races; its determination to preserve American institutions–all demand leadership of the highest order, and that can be found only in the legal profession. It is a problem of the ages. From Plato's Republic to Carlyle's Heroes and Hero Worship is a far cry but the central idea of both is right, namely, that leaders are to be sought for, organized, fostered, followed and favored by the social organism.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Cook, Walter Wheeler, "The Law School and the State" (1928). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 4029.