310 History of Wake Forest College
That the quality of the instruction in the School of Law was
maintained through the years is indicated by several facts: in
February, 1922, all the applicants for license from Wake Forest,
twenty-nine in number, before the Supreme Court were successful. At
that time the Wake Forest School of Law had sent fifty-four groups,
and this was the eighteenth perfect record, one-third of the entire
number. A year later thirty-nine men out of forty who had Dean
Gulley's certificates passed what was said to be "undoubtedly one of
the hardest of all written examinations," in which only thirty-three
other applicants were successful. Again, in February, 1927, twenty-
seven Wake Forest students of Law, two of them women, passed out
of a total of forty-three successful applicants; in February, 1929,
thirty-eight of the forty-one from Wake Forest passed; in February,
1930, fifty-two, onehalf of the total number licensed, were from the
Wake Forest School of Law; at the last Supreme Court examination,
that in August, 1933, thirty-five of the thirty-eight applicants from
Wake Forest were successful. Though the figures are not available for
precise statement of the other three groups sent up by Dean Gulley in
February, 1934, in August, 1934, and in February, 1935, it is known
that the same good record was
maintained.11
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the regular and in the summer session, and the number of applicants for license and
the number of those who were successful. He also kept in a notebook lists of their
names, by groups under dates of the Supreme Court examinations. He published
several lists. One of these containing 227 names in alphabetic order is found in the
Bulletin of Wake Forest College, July, 1906, pp. 47f.; another, likewise in
alphabetical order, of 277 names, is found in the same publication for October,
1910, pp. 204-214; two other lists, both arranged under dates of examinations, are
found in the Wake Forest Student―one, Vol. XXXIV, 310ff., February, 1915,
consisting of 546 names; another Vol. XXXIX, 424ff., May, 1920, consisting of 766
names.
1l Only in one or two instances was there anything approaching disaster in the
failures of Gulley's men before the Court. One of these was in August, 1914, when
only twenty-four of the thirty-eight applicants got their licenses. This was probably
due to the fact that Professor Timberlake was unable to teach on account of bad
health, and it was impossible to secure an adequate substitute. That at times failures
might be due to other things is indicated by the following from Dean Gulley's report
to the Board of Trustees in May, 1909: "At the August examination, we had 21
applicants for license and three failed; at the February examination, we had 15
applicants and two
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