The School of Law 311
So much for the work of the Wake Forest School of Law in
preparing students for examinations for license to practice the
profession in the State. The School of Law had other functions also,
two of which were important and, as we shall see, in performing them
the School rendered great
One of these was that of enlarging and enriching the academic
curriculum of the College with an increased number of elective
courses which might be counted, first, on the degree of Bachelor of
Arts and much later that of Bachelor of Science.13 Both the Trustees
and the faculty believed that certain courses in Law have a cultural
value and may properly be credited to a limited amount on degrees in
the Arts and Sciences. Wake Forest College was among the first to
recognize this and to place Law in its list of elective subjects. Results
justified the action.
In general, through all the years the faculty have allowed as many
as ten semester hours of Law to he used as electives for the degrees in
Arts, but they have made many experiments. For the two years of the
School, 1894-96, it was provided in one group of studies leading to
the degree of Bachelor of Arts that twenty-two hours of Law might be
used; later the number was reduced to twelve, an arrangement which
held unto 1905-06, when there was further reduction to ten semester
hours. In the catalogue of 1916-17 provision is made for a like credit
of ten semester hours for work in the Summer School of Law, which
though not identical was regarded as equivalent to the introductory
course done in the first year of the School.
There was a further revision in the catalogue of 1909-10. Four
groups of studies were offered as elective for the Bachelor of Arts
degree; in the second of these, civics, ten semester hours
failed. These failures were probably due to want of ability to write and spell as
anything else. I mention this by way of explanation, not apology, for we have done
as well before the Court as any others represented there."
12 Here should be added a statement for which there is no documentary evidence,
that the classes of the Law School were long made catchalls for students, especially
athletes, who were hardly prepared for any of the academic classes.
For the first two years of the School, 1894-96, work in the Law classes might
be credited on the degree of Master of Arts also.