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this prescription all law students who were not candidates for a degree
were listed as special students, although many of them had done much
college work and not a few of them were college graduates. Under the
new prescription a special student usually meant one who has not had
two years of college work before entering the School of Law. The
requirement for two years of preliminary work in college is first found
in the catalogue of 1924-25; before that time the requirement had
been only one year of such work.
This was the first step, but when it had been taken the Wake Forest
School of Law continued to be as attractive to students as before, and
two years later fully one-half the lawyers licensed by the Supreme
Court had received training at Wake
This concern about raising the standards of the School of Law of
the College must not be interpreted to mean that before this time the
standards of the School had been relatively low compared with those
in force in other institutions. The University of North Carolina had a
"full-time three-year course, requiring for admission two years of
college, since 1919." With the substitution of "1925" for "1919," the
same is reported of the Wake Forest College School of Law in a study
made of the law schools by the Carnegie Foundation in 1928,2 which
gives other statistics which show that the work done in both schools
was of about the same grade. Since 1920, however, the School of Law
of the University of North Carolina had been a member of the As-
sociation of American Law Schools, and Wake Forest was not yet a
member, nor does the source referred to above show that the Law
School of Duke University was a member in 1928.
By 1930 it had become desirable in the view of the Trustees of the
College that the School of Law should be a member of the
1 Old Gold and Black, February 8, 1930. "Rounding out 36 years as founder and
dean of the Wake Forest College School of Law, Dr. Needham Y. Gulley seemed
happy this morning upon learning that there was chalked up in his column exactly
one-half of all the 104 successful barristers recently licensed by the Supreme Court
of North Carolina."
Present Day Law Schools in the United States and Canada, 1928, pp. 474-76.
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