326 History of Wake Forest College
troduced a plan of retirement for all on the teaching force who had
reached the age of seventy years. One of those who retired at that time
was Dr. N. Y. Gulley, who became professor emeritus and dean
emeritus of the School of Law. In the year 1941-42, however, when
the law faculty was depleted by the call of some of its members to the
service of the federal government, Dr. N. Y. Gulley, now eighty-eight
years of age, taught one of his former classes. In January, 1942,
Professor R. B. White, suffered a severe illness in consequence of
which he was compelled to give up his work with his classes. He has
since reached the age of retirement and been made professor emeritus.
By the summer of 1943 the progress of the war had brought much
confusion in the work of the law schools of the country; their faculties
were taken almost bodily for service in the wartime agencies and
departments of the federal government, and their students and
prospective students were drafted for service in the armed forces. In
this emergency the Wake Forest College School of Law united with
Duke University School of Law in a "War-time Joint Program, 1943,"
plan of which is given here:
Beginning June 1, 1943, the Law Schools of Wake Forest College and Duke
University will be conducted jointly, as a war-time measure, in the Law School
Building at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Each school will retain its
separate identity in all respects except that students will meet in joint classes for in-
struction by the combined faculties of the two schools. Under this arrangement it
will be possible to offer a full program of courses for both beginners and advanced
students and to operate on a year round basis. Those who are now in a position to
pursue the study of law will thus be assured of an opportunity to acquire a thorough
legal education under circumstances as favorable as in normal times.
Three full semesters of law study will be given each calendar year, the work
being so arranged that all subjects will be completed in the semester in which they
are offered. A student may enter at the beginning of any semester, and by attending
continuously may finish the full law course of six semesters in a period of two
calendar years. When the emergency has passed and work is resumed by the two
schools independently, the Wake Forest Law School expects to continue on a year-
round basis for a sufficient length of time to enable
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