306 History of Wake Forest College
the importance of a collegiate course as complete and thorough as
circumstances would
In general the students of the School of
Law were required to meet the entrance requirement of the College; it
was only those whose main purpose was to be able to pass the
Supreme Court examinations about whom there was any question; for
them Dean Gulley thought it sufficient to apply the prescriptions of
the Court. It also should be said that the School of Law has kept pace
with the requirements of all academic and professional standardizing
agencies of which the College and the School have been members; its
standards in the early years and today are as high as those of any other
school of law in the State or South.
It is entirely in accord with the purpose of the School of Law to be
of the widest service possible that women have been admitted to its
work. In 1915 the Trustees voted not to admit them. But they
continued to apply, and in the summer of 1915 one lady "visitor"
insisted on attending all classes and a second attended for a few
weeks. Both had husbands who were law students, but the wives
could not be counted as such. Dean Gulley expressed his views to the
Trustees in May, 1916, as follows: "It would be wiser for most
women to keep out of the profession, but they are coming in. The
Baptists have no school in which they can be taught. It seems to me
that the situation demands serious consideration." The result was that
in a few years women were offered admission, though very few have
taken advantage of the privilege.6
It was the policy of the school to give such courses as the student
would find valuable in his life work. The instruction was
5 Catalogues of the College for 1903-04 and years after. The following from
Dean Gulley's report to the Trustees in May, 1916, indicates his attitude: "In
reference to raising entrance requirements, I realize that it is desirable that every
man have a full college course, in which he has done his full duty, before studying
law, but under existing conditions it seems impracticable. It should be true that
schools are made for men and not men for schools, and it does not seem wise to say
that a man who has not had opportunities such as his more fortunate neighbor has,
shall be cut off entirely."
6 In February, 1927, two women sent up from Wake Forest passed the Supreme
Court examination.
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