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During the academic year 1941-1942, toward the end of the fall term, several
second and third year students, of whom I was one, conceived the odd idea
that our legal education would not be complete without a course in the common
law forms of action. This antiquarian project afforded us, no doubt, a pleasant
distraction from the great and terrible events which threatened to overwhelm
us. But the official schedule of courses and seminars was of no help to us. Then,
as now, the common law forms of action did not make the grade in the forward-
looking Yale curriculum.

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