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Yale Law School, 2 Inter Collegiate Law Journal 71 (1893)


This is to be a sketch of the Yale

Law School of to-day. While it is to

touch but lightly upon its history, it is

to outline its present condition, its

work and methods.

The Law Department of Yale has

shared in the general prosperity of the

University and has to-day more Students

than ever before in its career, one

hundred and seventy-five names now

standing upon its rolls.

The present decade has witnessed a

great growth and development in

matters of legal education generally.

The superiority of law school to office

training is no longer seriously questioned.

The office, of course, affords a

practical drill that is indispensible Lnd

mhst sooner or later be secured; but

the change in methods of transaction of

legal -business, the hurry and rush of

modern professional life, the genesis

of the legal clerk, stenographer and

type-writer, have crowded out the student

and taken away his best opportunities

for study. The preliminary

education, lying at the base, and necessary

not only to render the office training

useful but even to prevent it from

being actually hurtful and misleading,

is best secured in the school. There

the presence of fellow students stimulates

a generous emulation, and trained

teachers of law, give their best efforts to

promote the learner's advancemeni. He

is there conducted by gradual stages

from the simple to the complex;

from mere theory to practical application

to actual facts.

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