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History of the Yale Law School: The Tercentennial Lectures

Anthony T. Kronman


The entity that became the Yale Law School started life early in the nineteenth century as a proprietary school, operated as a sideline by a couple of New Haven lawyers. The New Haven school affiliated with Yale in the 1820s, but it remained so frail that in 1845 and again in 1869 the University seriously considered closing it down. From these humble origins, the Yale Law School went on to become the most influential of American law schools. In the later nineteenth century the School instigated the multidisciplinary approach to law that has subsequently won nearly universal acceptance. In the ... More

Keywords: Yale Law School, proprietary school, New Haven lawyers, legal realism, American law, international law, private law, American law schools, New Haven school, nineteenth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780300095647
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300095647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony T. Kronman, editor