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students of the school applied for license, three of them, Walters
Durham of Raleigh, J. R. Taylor of Virginia, and J. H. Kerr of
Warrenton. Writing of this in 1914, Professor Gulley said: "All
passed; in fact, we lost only one man prior to the adoption of the
system of written examinations by the Supreme Court in September,
1898, and since that time we have made a good record. We have had a
number of classes with only one failing, and nine in which every one
passed.9 In May, 1907, Dean Gulley reported to the Trustees: "We
have had four men to fail in the last seven examinations, a record
unsurpassed in the State."
The ability of Professor Gulley to teach and give his students a
knowledge of law was soon known in the State and in little more than
a decade after the School of Law was opened it was training more
than 40 per cent of the men who successfully passed the Supreme
Court examinations and were licensed to practice in the State, a ratio
which was maintained during the period of Gulley's deanship as a
whole, 1895-1935. In May, 1908, Gulley reported that 280 of his men
had been licensed; in July, 1914, the number had grown to 507; in
May, 1920, the number was 766; in February, 1923, fifty-six classes
had gone before the Supreme Court and 940 had passed the
examinations; in February, 1931, the number licensed had increased
to 1,429, from the seventy-four classes sent up in thirty-seven years,
and Dr. Gulley was quoted in Old Gold and Black, as saying:
"Although not all of them are practicing, there are still enough in the
profession to constitute approximately one-half of the total number of
attorneys in the State at present." By September, 1933, when the last
Supreme Court examination had been given, the number had grown to
approximately 1,580, and in June, 1935, when Dr. Gulley was
resigning his deanship, the number was about 1,600, an average of
more than twenty for each of the eighty groups of applicants going up
from Wake Forest, and of forty a
9 Bulletin of Wake Forest College, IX, 140f., July, 1914.
For nearly all years before 1920 Dean Gulley included in his annual reports to
the Trustees statements of the number of students in Law, both in
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