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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 11

Plan of Instruction

Plan of Instruction.

There are three terms in each year, the first beginning on the fifteenth of September and ending on the twenty-fifth of December, fourteen weeks; the page 33 second beginning on the first Monday in January, and ending on the Friday last but one before the first Monday in April, twelve weeks; and the third term beginning on the first Monday in April, and ending at the expiration of ten weeks. There are two years in the Course. Our plan of teaching begins in the Junior year, with the study of text-books, in which the students are daily drilled by question and answer. From thence it passes, in the Senior year, to lectures on specific topics or principles of the law, with the statutes and decisions bearing on them; concluding with the study of leading cases—the lectures alternating with examinations. The following programme of study for the two years embraces four hours per day for six days in the week, for thirty-six weeks. Seniors may be present at Junior recitations, and vice versa; but are not examined at the latter. Indeed, it is preferred that each class should attend the instruction given to the other, thereby securing four hours of tuition each day without being overworke I by an excessive amount of reading: