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Fall 1996


This paper discusses the founding of the School of Political Science at Columbia University by John W. Burgess in 1880. Burgess established the political science school after failing in his attempts to introduce a program of coursework in political science and public law at Columbia's School of Law. He hoped that the new school would supplement the private-law curriculum of the law school, with the particular aim of preparing students for a career in public service.


Paper submitted by Alexa S. Bator for History of American Legal Education course taught by Professor Langbein. Fall, 1996.