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in accord with the statement that appeared in the catalogues for many
years, namely: "The object of the Law School is to afford a thorough
training in the fundamental principles of the common law of England
as modified by the statutes of the States." And the method of securing
this thoroughness, as indicated in the catalogue, was "by the diligent
study of textbooks, selected cases, lectures, discussions, and quizzes."
The lectures were the responsibility of the professors; the diligent
study of the textbooks and of selected cases from the reports was the
part of the students. The courses required not cram, but study. There
was no royal road to learning law in the Wake Forest School of Law;
progress was made only by hard work. And that the students reached
the goal is shown by the wonderful success they had with the
examinations of the Supreme Court, and later with the examining
board, and by their attainments in the profession and their high
services to church and state. It is safe to say that the lawyers who
were trained in the Wake Forest School of Law compare favorably
with those trained in any other school in the
South.7
It was in the summer of 1894 that the first students registered in the
Wake Forest College School of Law. These were R. 0.
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7 The purpose of Dean Gulley to make the School serve the young men of the
State who desired to become lawyers, both those who were able to take the full
three-year course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Laws and those who had to
be satisfied with the minimum prescriptions of the Supreme Court, is well set forth
in the following from his article, "The Wake Forest School of Law," in the Bulletin
of Wake Forest College, V, 202, October, 1910, when the School was sixteen years
old:
"The courses of instruction are arranged to meet the wants of students. A three
years' course leads to the degree of Bachelor of Laws, and meets the need of
students for a liberal knowledge of the Law. There are six courses each extending
over a year with daily lectures and a seventh class daily from September to
February. Courses 1 and 2 embrace the subjects prescribed by the Supreme Court.
The student who wishes to spend two years preparing for the bar examination may
take one of these courses each year; the student who wishes to spend only one year
may take both; the student who wishes to spend only one-half year may take these
courses and the work of the extra class during the Fall Term for the February
examination, or the Summer School for the August examination. In these different
courses each subject is fully and comprehensively taught; the method is not a mere
cram for the examination."
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