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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 50

XIV. Law School

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XIV. Law School.


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Members of the Law School.

Senior Class.
Birney, Milton C. Lancaster Schuyler county, Mo.
Blackburn, Marshall Paxton. Blackburn Saline county, Mo.
Campbell, John Joseph. Kansas City Jackson county, Mo.
Cave, Willard P. Moberly Randolph county, Mo.
Conrad, George E. Dolles' Mills Bollinger county, Mo.
Hndson, Millard Fillmore. Grant City Worth county, Mo.
Kelley, Hiram B. Winchester Illinois.
Miller, James Oliver Smithton Illinois.
Moesser. Frederick Smithton Illinois.
Palmer. William Rolling Home Randolph county, Mo.
Porter, David White Mound City Holt county, Mo.
* Spragins, Fox Lawrenceburg Lawrence county, Mo.
Thompson, Clifton R. Dresden Pettis county. Mo.
Junior Class.
Burnes, Alonzo D. Platte City Platte county, Mo.
Booth, Henry S. Miami Saline county, Mo.
Chapman, George W. Mendon Chariton county, Mo.
Clarkson, Peter P. Winchester Illinois.
Curran, Charles M. Ashland Boone county, Mo.
Gray. Lewis N. B. High Point Moniteau county, Mo.
Haynes, Thomas Nathan. Strasburg Cass county, Mo.
Hinde, Thomas T. Fayette Howard county, Mo.
Holt, Charles Madison Newark Knox county, Mo.
Irine, Louis C. Oregon Holt county, Mo.
Knight. Ashley G. Columbia Boone county, Mo.
Krone, Charles F. St. Louis Missouri.
McCollister, William W. Tarkio Atchison county, Mo.
MeCague, Wm. H. Mexico Audrain county, Mo.
Quickenstedt, Frederick. Fort Worth Texas.
Richardson, Samuel P. Gallatin Daviess county, Mo.
Silvey, James S. Salisbury Chariton county, Mo.
Shuler, Urias F. Jamesport Daviess county, Mo.
Swrank, John Warren Carrollton Carroll county, Mo.
wheeler, Alfred B Columbia Boone county, Mo.
Whitten, William F. Paris Texas.
Yakey, John B. Ironton Iron county, Mo.
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At the Law commencement, March 29, 1883, the following gentlemen [unclear: jjjjddd] the degree of Bachelor of Laws, to wit:
  • Milton C. Birney.
  • John J. Campbell.
  • George E. Conrad.
  • Hiram B. Kelley.
  • Frederick Moesser.
  • David W. Porter.
  • Marshal P. Blackburn.
  • Willard P. Cave.
  • Millard F. Hudson.
  • James O. Miller.
  • William Palmer.
  • Clifton A. Thompson.

Fox Spragins, Esq., a diligent student and a very promising young [unclear: man] in the middle of the term.

Terms of Admission.

For admission to the Junior class, no special examination is required; [unclear: be] student, if unknown to the Professor, must bring testimonials of good [unclear: chars] Those who pass examinations in the Law studies of the Junior year, and in [unclear: hhgfhgf] Grammar, Prose Composition, and in Book-keeping, will be admitted to the [unclear: hfghfgh] class.

Course of Instruction.

The Law term commences on the second Monday of September and [unclear: close] last week in March. The full course is for the term of two years, and [unclear: embraose] various branches given below. The mode of instruction is by daily [unclear: examine] upon the text-books, by lectures upon special titles, and by the exercises of [unclear: as] court.

No one will be admitted to the Senior class, as candidate for a degree [unclear: unless] shall be able to sustain an examination upon the studies of the Junior year. [unclear: ceptional] cases, when there is a failure upon one or two branches only, the [unclear: jhddfgg] nation as to those branches may be postponed to some period during the [unclear: terra].

The Junior class will take an elementary course in common law, will [unclear: study oughly] the law of contracts, the law of torts, the law of real property in [unclear: porternational] and constitutional law, logic and ethics. The chief text books [unclear: are] Pomeroy's Municipal Law, Eweill's Blackstone, Parsons on Contracts, and [unclear: C] on Torts.

The instruction in international and constitutional law, logic and ethics [unclear: will] principally by lectures, but with reference to, and examinations from, [unclear: Wooh] International Law, Creasey's English Constitution, Cooley's Treatise upon the [unclear: real] Constitution, Jevons' Lessons in Logic, Wayland's or Haven's Ethics.

The Senior class will study the Law of Evidence, of Pleadings, of [unclear: Reality,] of Bills and Notes, Equity Jurisprudence and Medical [unclear: Jurisprudence,] text-books used will be Greenleaf's Evidence, Vol. 1., Bispham's Equity, [unclear: St] on Pleading, Bliss on Pleading, Tiedeman on Real Property, to be [unclear: published] summer,—on Bills and Notes and Taylor's Medical Jurisprudence. [unclear: the] small and comprehensive works are used for the purpose of reviewing [unclear: different] as Bishop on Contracts, Pollock on Partnership, etc.

Students who do not wish to take the full course, and who are not [unclear: candidates] the degree of Bachelor of Laws, will be permitted to take an elective [unclear: course,] pursue any branches whose recitations do not interfere with each other.

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Logic and Ethics are taught by the President of the University, the other branches named above by the Professors of Law, and, in addition, the non-resident (lecturers will give courses of lectures upon special subjects.

The members of the Junior class will be examined upon the topics above named to be studied by them, and will also be examined by the Professor of English upon English Grammar and Prose Composition, if successful they will be entitled to admission to the Senior Class. A knowledge of Book-keeping is so essential to the practical life of the lawyer, that its study, here or elsewhere, will be insisted on before graduation. An opportunity is given for its study under Professor Royall, and a certificate from him will be required.

The classes are favored at times with lectures upon special subjects by gentlemen not connected with the school.

The additional studies of the Junior year will compel ordinary students, although they enter with some preparation, to take the full two years course. The Law Faculty have seen, with pain, the labors of bright and promising young men in cramming themselves for examination by substantially one year's study. Their success is their greatest misfortune. They must have time before daring to think of themselves as lawyers, to grow into the habits of thought, the language, the spirit of the profession; this is, can only be, the work of years. A writer in the May number of the American Law Review, in speaking of those who successfully pass examination after one year's study, says: "Their rapidly acquired knowledge will not stay by them; they have eaten but not digested. They have, however, gained the title of lawyers, they are admitted to the bar, they have no longer the stimulus to study, and careful observation shows that their studies practically cease. On the other hand, had a definite time of pupilage been required, these same students would have lost none of their ambition and zeal, and by taking their studies more slowly, would have called other faculties than memory into constant play. Their studies would have been spread over three or five years instead of one; they would have had time to review their work, to comprehend its full bearing, to discern 'the reason whereof' without which 'the law is unknown,' and for which time and spontaneous thinking are requisite. They would imbibe and digest principles instead of cramming facts, and could see these principles applied to actual cases, and thus get some understanding of the practical side of their profession, of the discipline and habits of business, while responsible to no client for their errors. In the end such students would be apt to become sound lawyers, instead of dwarfing their prospects at the very outset."

The Moot Court

Is held every Monday, and is made to represent some actual court, with its clerk and sheriff; and every matter discussed arises in some supposed cause. Regular pleadings are required—many of them drawn according to the Common Law and Equity system—and, when the cause is supposed to be in the Supreme Court, in addition to the pleadings, papers are prepared, necessary in actual practice, as the writ of error, assignment of errors, bill of exceptions embodying the instructions to the jury, rulings upon the admission or exclusion of evidence, motions for new trial, or in arrest, etc. Briefs of points and authorities must also be filed, and no one will be permitted to argue a cause, if in default in any particular. A member of the Senior class is called to sit as special judge in each cause, who, the next week, gives page 82 his opinion in writing subject to appeal to the presiding professor. Essays I legal topics are also read each week.

Degree LL. B. (Legum Baccalaureus).

Those of the Senior class, who, at the close of their term, sustain an [unclear: exposition,] will be entitled to the degree of Bachelor of Laws. The [unclear: examination] ordinarily be in writing, and the degree will be given or withheld, [unclear: according] proportionate number of failures.

Every candidate for this degree is required to file with the faculty a [unclear: thesis] some topic connected with his studies.

All who receive the degree are by law admitted, without further [unclear: examination] to practice in the Missouri Courts.


Tuition for the Term is $40.00, payable in advance. An extra fee of ten [unclear: due] is charged for book-keeping. Boarding is had in clubs at $2.25 per week, [unclear: an] families from $3.00 to $4.50. No fee for incidentals. The law students have [unclear: a] to any of the other schools, without any additional expense.

General Remarks.

The success of the College of Law has been such, that with continued [unclear: diliged] in following up and perfecting the system adopted, no fears are entertained [unclear: njgh] future. The Law Faculty are more and more satisfied that the highest results [unclear: hgfhgh] not be reached by lectures alone, however clear and thorough they may be, [unclear: but] the student should, as far as possible, be required to study the text-books [unclear: and] subject to a daily examination upon their contents, accompanied by oral [unclear: explanations] by the teacher. In this way, and this only, can the subject be fixed [unclear: in] memory, and by this only can be secured the formation of proper habits of [unclear: are] The lecture system has been combined with the other, and, in subjects, [unclear: which] want of time and proper books cannot be otherwise taught, it is chiefly [unclear: relied] Thus we have, in addition to the daily examinations upon text-books, [unclear: usually] daily lecture, often two.

For further information address P. Bliss, Dean of Law Faculty, [unclear: Columns] Missouri.

For catalogue address J. H. Drummond, Librarian of the University.

* Deceased.