The School of Law 305
his last year in college he had served as tutor. In this work and as
instructor in the State Normal School, and in the Centennial School in
Raleigh, and at Smithfield, he had developed to little short of
perfection his natural talent as teacher, which he was to employ with
such wonderful efficiency as head master of the Wake Forest College
School of Law for forty-four years. In June, 1881, while still in
Smithfield, he was admitted to the bar. In 1882 he located at
Franklinton and had since remained there in the practice of his
profession. In 1885 he was a member of the State Legislature. From
1883 to 1887 he was editor of the Franklinton Weekly. He had already
manifested much interest in the College. He was elected a member of
the Board of Trustees, May 30, 1893.
As first planned the School of Law was to be of no expense to the
College, except for lecture rooms, and this continued to be the plan
for the summer school of Law for many years, in which until June,
1914, there was no fee except that fixed for tuition by Professor
Gulley, seemingly $20, which he collected as the students were
willing and able to pay. At that time, however, the College imposed a
matriculation fee of $5.00 on all summer school students including
those of Law, which the College retained, but the law students
continued to pay the tuition fee to the members of the Law faculty. In
other respects also the School of Law was of very little expense to the
College; according to the report of Dean Gulley to the Trustees in
June, 1916, the College had spent all told for its equipment and
library not more than $2,200.
On beginning the work Dean Gulley had views as to what should be
the service of the School of Law, and these views with slight
modification he kept till the end of his deanship.
In general he thought that his school should serve the young men of
North Carolina who desired training to become lawyers. While
unwilling to debar young men from his classes by the application of
admission standards which the average young man in North Carolina
found difficult to meet, from the early years of the School he was
urging in his statements in the catalogue
Previous Page Next Page