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51 Notre Dame L. 956 (1975-1976)


The history of American legal education is notable for a sparsity of ideas on how to convey learning about law. There has been even less focal understanding of what learning is and what it takes to establish a process which will prepare lawyers for their profession. A window on this history was provided in historical survey by Alfred Z. Reed in 1921 and, more recently, by Professors Preble Stolz and Calvin Woodward. It is principally their accounts of eighteenth and nineteenth century developments that we here briefly integrate and summarize. The perspective-a consideration of legal education in terms of social change and, especially, educational theory and practice-is, of course, our own.


Reprinted with permission of Notre Dame Law Review (previously Notre Dame Lawyer).



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