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Inns of Court (how many, where located, what are they for)

4 (Middle Temple/Inner Temple/Grays/ Lincolns) London, to educate lawyers.


What happened at Inns of Court

students would live, eat and learn with lawyers.



Inns of Court- they would hold mootings which were mock trials



Lawyers who went to court (in London)



Lawyers who did not go to court (in London)


What where the 3 ways to be educated in America

Reading law, proprietary schools, univerities


Reading law

under a lawyer in a law office


Regulations of reading law

no regulations and some lawyers took advantage of students


What might a student due when reading law

read cases, published opinons, copy legal documents, follow mentor to court, read treatise



Good law students would read 1. Litteton (14th ctry on property law) 2. Edward Coke expanded on Littleton 3. Blackstone 1760 Commentaries -used by all lawyers


Commonplace books

Students would write down info from treatise in commonplace book to help them in their practice


What was the bar for students reading law/ requirements

Oral, no regulation, no undergrad, you only had to satisfy to a judge that you knew the law.


Proprietary law school

not connected to largr institution (ran by judges)- leading way to educate up till Civil War


Univeristy Law School

connected with university (eventually won out)


Litchfield Law School

Conn. most famous, started by Tapping Reeve 1774, up to 55 students, James gould became partner, all year schook, 14 months to complete, 48 different legal topics, lecture 1 1/2 hrs every day and then read treatise and compiled commonplace books, exams on Sat. Mondays had moot courts.


Augusta Law School

formed by William Tracy Gould 1823 -1st in deep south open till 1855


Richmond Hill

Best known prop. school in south -Richmond Pearson (NC)from 1836-1878 over 1000 students, former justice of NC Supr. ct, taught March-June, Sept-Dec, either took 1 to 2 years to complete, 10-30 students lived in houses or cabins, 3 lectures per week, socratic method, 2 hr classes


Why where pro. law schools ran by judges

judges did not get paid much then (worked about 1/2 the time) to supp. income and increase the legal knowledge of others that would practice in front of them.


3 judges of the NC Supr. Ct taught in 1850

1. Pearson-Richmond Hill 2. William Horn Battle- Became Univ. of NC 3. Frederick Nash- also had law school


Why did the prop. schools die out?

legal practice became more demanding and judges did not have time or when they died they ended


College of William and Mary- VA

1779- 1st institutized legal ed. in America


Who assigned George Wythe to College of William & Mary & why

Jefferson (as gov. of VA) -wanted to remake college (created law school)


Law school at William and Mary details

different than modern schools, not for graduates, take other classes too, qtr system, 2 times per week, read cases & treatise (latest cases), formed commonplace books, moot courts-student argued, wythe judge, citizens were jury, he picked cases and had them argue , once per month in Old Capital building, moot legislator- every sat,


When did Wythe stopped teaching and who took his place

in 1790, St. George Tucker took his place for 12 years


Debate on which teaching method is better and which won out

Reading treatise or case/socratic method - socratice method and reading cases