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History of the Yale Law SchoolThe Tercentennial Lectures$
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Anthony T. Kronman

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095647

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095647.001.0001

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Law School in a University: Yale's Distinctive Path in the Later Nineteenth Century

Law School in a University: Yale's Distinctive Path in the Later Nineteenth Century

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(p.53) Law School in a University: Yale's Distinctive Path in the Later Nineteenth Century
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History of the Yale Law School
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John H. Langbein
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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300095647.003.0004

This chapter discusses the history of the Yale Law School across the middle decades of the nineteenth century. It first explores the text-and-recitation system, which was the School's main method of instruction. It then focuses on the two episodes of near collapse in 1845 and again in 1869, when Yale considered washing its hands of this seedy little trade school, which the University had effectively franchised to operate under the Yale name. It concludes with a look at the years immediately following the 1869 rescue, when a remarkable change in the University's attitude toward the Law School took place. Yale ceased distancing itself from the School and began instead to bolster it, encouraging the Law School to develop an ethos that it has manifested ever since.

Keywords:   Yale Law School, text-and-recitation system, Yale University, American law schools

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