The Value of Roman Law to the American Lawyer of Today, 60 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 194 (1911)
In spite of the progress of legal education in the last decade
there still lingers in some places that now time-worn belief that
a knowledge of Roman law is of no use at all in the legal profession.
This view of the present value of Roman law is obviously
superficial. It is based on the assumption that because the
Roman state and tribunals perished centuries ago, therefore
Roman law itself has long been dead also. But this conception
of the fate of Roman law is historically inaccurate and false.
The spirit of Roman law did not die,-on the contrary it is still
very much alive in our midst. It was the majestic and beneficent
Roman law which more than any other single element
brought civilization back to Europe following the barbaric deluge
of the Dark Ages.
Date of Authorship for this Version
Roman law, modern legal systems
Sherman, Charles P., "The Value of Roman Law to the American Lawyer of Today" (1911). Faculty Scholarship Series. Paper 4441.