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weakest men intellectually among them, also developed into
"shysters," and in fact, it is only the intellectually strong "shyster" that
is capable of doing much harm. Such criticism Professor Gulley
himself was disposed to disregard, being content to point to the facts
that those trained in the classes of the Wake Forest School of Law
under himself and those other excellent teachers, Timberlake and
White, were at least able to pass the examinations set by the learned
justices of the Supreme Court, being 50 per cent of the successful
applicants for license, and that in actual practice they measured well
up to the average standard. About this time, however, the point was
made that the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, of which
the College was a member, had a prescription that colleges in its
membership having professional schools of law should require such
law schools to conform to the regulation governing their academic
departments in not admitting special students to a greater number than
10 per cent of their total enrollment. Dean Gulley, seemingly
regarding such regulations as an invasion of the rights of the School
of Law, was content that the matter of standardization of the School
should be left to the president of the College and the Trustees. The
steps taken in this standardization were these
At the meeting of the Board in May, 1928, the Trustees adopted a
recommendation of a committee consisting of four of the ablest
lawyers in its membership-Ward, Foushee, Oates, Webb, and
President Gaines, that the School of Law, bring its entrance
requirements into conformity with those prescribed by the Southern
Association of Schools and Colleges, to go into effect with the
summer school of 1929. Accordingly, in the catalogue of 1929, in the
Section on the School of Law, under the head of "Special Students" is
added the statement that special students should not exceed in number
the 10 per cent prescribed by the Southern Association. Until this time
the number of special students had not been definitely limited, the
statement of the catalogues being: "Applicants of mature age may, in
the discretion of the faculty, be admitted to the School of Law as
special students.... but they shall not be candidates for a degree."
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