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On the Battlefield of Merit

Harvard Law School, the First Century

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$39.95 • £34.95 • €36.95

ISBN 9780674967663

Publication Date: 10/23/2015


688 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

67 halftones, 1 graph, 14 tables


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  • Frontispiece: Winslow Homer (1836–1910), “Prisoners from the Front” (1866)
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. The English and Continental Roots of American Legal Education
  • 2. American Antecedents of Harvard Law School
  • 3. Founding a University Professional School of Law
  • 4. The School Saved
  • 5. Joseph Story’s Law School in the Young Republic
  • 6. The Greenleaf Transition
  • 7. The Gathering Storm
  • 8. Civil War and Aftermath
  • 9. Dean Langdell, First Casebooks, and Justice Holmes
  • 10. Curricular and Pedagogical Revolution
  • 11. Creating the “New System” of Legal Education
  • 12. The Paths of Four Students
  • 13. The “New System,” Triumphant and Invidious
  • 14. Students of Color at Harvard Law School
  • 15. “Beloved Dean Ames”
  • Conclusion
  • Appendixes
    • A. Enrollment and Number of LL.B.s Awarded, 1817–1910
    • B. Number of LL.B.s Awarded, 1820–1910
    • C. Documents Establishing the Royall Professorship, Harvard Law School, and Dane Professorship
    • D. Professorial Appointments, 1815–1910
    • E. Annual Expenses, Endowment, and Cash Reserves, 1830–1909
    • F. Largest Endowments of American Universities, 1875–1930
    • G. Student Research Papers Addressing the Period, 1817–1910
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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