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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 11

Law Department

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Law Department.

Union College of Law

Joint Board of Management.

  • Thomas Hoyne, Chairman.
  • Grant Goodrich.
  • Wirt Dexter.
  • Chas. H. Fowler.
  • Lemuel Moss.
  • Robert Queal.
  • Joseph F. Bonfield.
  • V. B. Denslow, Secretary.
  • Philip Myers, Treasurer.


  • Hon. Judge Henry Booth, LL.D.,

    Dean of the Law School and Professor of the Law of Property and Pleading.

  • Hon. Lyman Trumbull, LL.D.,

    Professor of Constitutional and Statute Law, and Practice in the U. S. Courts.

  • Hon. James R. Doolittle, LL.D.,

    Professor of Equity Jurisprudence and Pleading and Evidence.

  • Van Buren Denslow, Esq.,

    Professor of Contracts and Civil and Criminal Practice.

  • Philip Myers, M.A., Esq.,

    Professor of Commercial Law.

  • Hon. J. B. Bradwell,

    Lecturer on Wills and Probate.

  • N. S. Davis, M.D.,

    Lecturer on Medical Jurisprudence.

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The Trustees of the two Universities have long felt the demand for a Law School in Illinois that should be worthy of the State and the Northwest. Since the above school passed under the energetic joint management of the University of Chicago and the Northwestern University, it has become one of the leading schools of legal study in the country. It enters upon its second year with upwards of eighty students, and promises within a brief period to equal any other in numbers, as it is already second to none in its thoroughness and variety of instruction.


The advantages afforded by a College of Law for instruction in the science and practice of Law are appreciated by both the Bar and the public. A systematic course of study, under eminent living teachers, is quite as valuable to the legal student as to the medical or theological. For laying the foundation of a thorough knowledge of the Law, the advantages of the Law College far exceed those of an office. In an office it is seldom that the student receives the attention his best interests demand. In the College the professors are specially charged with this work. The value of this instruction is indicated by the fact that about one hundred students had, prior to the establishment of this College, gone yearly from the State of Illinois to the schools of other Stales, even though these schools do not teach our system of practice, nor the statutes and decisions of our State. It is believed this demand for systematic instruction will be fully met hereafter in our College of Law.

Conditions of Admission.

Students entering the Junior class are expected to have at least a good common school education. It is greatly to the interest of the student to advance in general scholarship as far as practicable. A knowledge of Latin is, however, of so much service in handling law terms, that a class in Law Latin is formed and has become one of the regular classes of the School. It is believed that the Law Course as a Professional course should be a post-graduate course. Such preparation is recommended, not required.

Advanced Standing.

Students who have attended another Law College one year, or spent one year in the study of law in the office of an attorney, may apply for standing in the Senior class, and may enter it if found competent on examination by the Faculty.

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:

Junior Year.

First Term—five Days in Week.

1st hour, 8 to 9 A.M., or 2 to 3 P.M., at student's option.—1st and 2d vols. Blackstone Prof. Denslow.
2d hour, 4 to 5 P.M.—On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1st and 2d Kent Prof. Myers.
On Thursdays and Fridays, Stephen's Pleadings Prof. Denslow.

Second Term.

1st hour.—Chitty or Parsons on Contracts Prof. Denslow.
2d hour.—On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3d and 4th Kent Prof. Myers.
On Thursdays and Fridays, Chitty's Pleadings Prof. Denslow.

Third Term.

1st hour.—Langdell's Select Cases and Wharton's Criminal Law Prof. Denslow.
2d hour.—On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Green-leafs Evidence Prof. Myers.
On Thursdays and Fridays, Chitty's Pleadings Prof. Denslow.

Senior Year.

First Term—five Days in Week.

1st hour, 9 to 10 A.M.—Equity Jurisprudence and Leading Equity Cases Hon. Jas. R. Doolittle.
Constitutional and Statutory Law Hon. Lyman Trumbull.
2d hour, 5 to 6 P.M.—1st and 2d Washburn, in connection with Leading Cases on Real Property Judge Henry Booth
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Second Term.

1st hour.—Statutory Law and Adams on Ejectment Hon. Lyman Trumbull.
Equity Pleadings and Chancery Practice Hon. Jas. R. Doolittle.
2d hour.—3d Washburn and Wharton's Criminal Law Judge Henry Booth.

Third Term.

1st hour.—Lectures on Statutes and Practice in United States Courts Hons. Trumbull and Doolittle.
2d hour.—Wills and Probate, General Review Hons. Booth and Bradweli.

Class in Latin Daily at 9 to 10 A.M.

Both Years.

Saturday, 8 to 10 A.M.—Moot Court Trials Prof. Denslow.
Wednesday, 11 to 12 A.M.—Moot Court Motions Prof. Denslow.
Saturday, 4 to 6 P.M.—Examples in Conveyancing, Abstracts, Contracts and Office Practice, (or Special Lectures) Prof. Denslow.

Also lectures on Medical Jurisprudence, Patents, Criminal Law, and other specialties. During the past year, among others, the following members of the Chicago Bar have delivered Special Lectures, viz: Wirt Dexter, Esq., on "Things a young lawyer needs to know, as much as to know the Law;" C. H. Reed, Esq., States Attorney, on the "Practice in Criminal Cases;" C. C.Bonney, Esq., on the "Early Practice in Illinois;" Thos. Dent, Esq., on "Equity;" Jas. P. Root, Esq., on "Parliamentary Law," and on the "Taxing Power;" Obediah Jackson, Esq., on "Contesting Taxes;" Judge M. R. M. Wallace, on the "Practice in Probate Courts;" Jas. L. High, Esq., on the "Law of Injunctions;" Emory A. Storrs, Esq., (four lectures) on the "English Constitution, as illustrating the merits and demerits of unwritten constitutions;" Thos. Hoyne, Esq., on the "Rule of Insurance in cases of Homicide, Sane or Insane;" E. B. Hurd, Esq., on "Courtesy and Dower as affected by the Statutes of Illinois;" A. M. Pence, Esq., on "Limitations on the Jurisdiction of Courts;" Gen. I. N. Stiles, on "How to try a Cause;" Josiah H. Bissell, Esq., on the "Jurisdiction of the Federal Courts;" George W. Kretzinger, Esq., on the "Effect of Evidence;" Lewis L. Coburn, Esq., on "Patent Law;" Hon. N. R. Graham, on "Fixtures;" Edward Roby, Esq., on "Sources of Title, including Indian Tit'es;" Hon. William Bross, on "Where to Practice Law;" Ex- Ass't Attorney. General Binckley, on "Evidence;" Gen. R. Biddle Roberts, on "Evidence;" and others. Lectures on Political Economy have also been given by Prof. Denslow, and on Elocution by Profs. Lyman and Armstrong.

As the classes increase in numbers they are divided into sections, so as to combine personal and thorough instruction to every student.

Moot Courts.

That the students may be versed in the practice of Law, Moot Courts are held every Saturday morning. In these they are taught to apply legal remedies, page 35 according to the different forms of action; to bring suits, draw papers and pleadings, and take the various steps incident to bringing a cause to trial; then to try it according to the rules of evidence, including the arguments, charge, verdict, motion in arrest of judgment, writ of error, etc. Real cases are selected, and the forms and dignity of a real trial preserved. The trial takes place in the presence of the classes, whose memhers act respectively as counsel, jurors, witnesses and officers of the court, and before a Professor who sits as judge, with the double aim of illustrating the legal principles involved, and explaining the rules of practice. The exercise is always interesting and profitable.


On Saturday afternoon there is either a special lecture by some eminent member of the Chicago Bar, or an example lesson is given in examination of abstracts of title, and drawing contracts, deeds, wills, pleadings, and legal instruments required in office business.

The grammatical accuracy, rhetoric, elocution, and courtesy of deportment of the students will receive such attention as is deemed adapted to correct faults of style, without suppressing individuality, in which so often lies the secret of power. The students organize societies, holding their sessions weekly, for the discusson of questions of political policy and economy, and for becoming acquainted with parliamentary rules.


Students will find their own books. Arrangements have been made by which they may be supplied at the lowest trade prices. Many students obtain the use of books from the numerous law offices in the city, on favorable terms. Those who buy their books usually prefer to retain them, and thus start a library; but, if they choose, they can sell them at the close of the term, at slightly reduced prices, in which case the net expense for books will be small.


In addition to the daily and weekly examinations, the students will be examined at the close of the year in the presence of the Faculties and Trustees of both Universities.

Juniors who show a satisfactory acquaintance with the subjects required, will, after one year's study, be advanced to the Senior class. Seniors found worthy, will, after like period, be recommended to graduation.


1.The location of the Law College, in Superior Block, fronting on Court House Square, in the heart of the great metropolis of the Northwest, and in the vicinity of all the law offices and of the Courts, State and Federal, which are page 36 almost constantly in session, affords to the student who wishes to obtain employment during office hours, and to become acquainted with every phase and variety of business, advantages unsurpassed. Board and rooms are furnished in College Buildings at as low rates as are to be had in the most secluded village in the country.
2.The College is a Department of the University of Chicago, and also of the Northwestern University, and the students are admitted free to the libraries of both Universities, and to all public lectures delivered to under graduates in the Literary Departments of cither.
3.Students in the Law College can also unite with any of the regular classes at the Universities, and pursue any of the studies taught there without additional charge.
4.The students are admitted free to the Law Library of the Chicago Law Institute, located in the Court-House, a privilege for which lawyers in practice pay one hundred dollars
5.Our Diploma admits to the Bar of Illinois. There is no other mode of admission in the State than on this diploma, or on examination in open Court, or on a foreign license.


1.Students at the Union College of Law shall hereafter be classified as "regular" attendants, or "casual.'
2.No casual attendant shall graduate or receive the Diploma of this School.
3.Students absent from more than one recitation of their class per week, and not furnishing a satisfactory excuse in writing, at the next recitation of the same class, shall be deemed casual for that week, and checked on the roll as such.
4.Students neglecting to comply with any exercise required of them in the Moot Courts, or in Office Practice, for more than two weeks, will be deemed casual for the said two weeks.
5.Students marked as "casual" for half the weeks of the term, will be deemed casual for the term; and students casual for two terms will be deemed casual for the year.

The roll of both classes will be called by the several lecturers at the hours of 8, 9, 4 and 5.


Tuition for one term, $25.00
Tuition for two terms, 40.00
Tuition for three terms, 50.00
Graduating Fee, 10.00
Board in College Building:
Day Board, per week, 3.00
Room, not less than two in a room, per week, 75 to 1.50
Board in families, per week, 4.00 to 6.00
Club Boarding, much less.

V. B. Denslow,

Address, Secretary Union College of Law, Chicago, Ill.
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Union College of Law.


Andrews, I. W., Jr Chicago.
Atwood, William H Galva.
Bliss, Orville, J. (deceased) Hyde Park.
Booth, Hervey W Chicago.
Brainard, Edwin Chicago.
Burke, James G Byron.
Butler, Seldon H Abingdon.
Browne, Nathaniel Lysle.
Burley, Clarence A. (Senior during Third Term) Chicago.
Carter, Leslie Chicago.
Cooper, Henry A Burlington, Wis.
Day, Francis C Chicago.
Eastman, Sidney C Maywood.
Fanning, Charles A Chicago.
Farson, Charles F Chicago.
Fisher, Edward A Chicago.
Geeting. John F Lawlor, Iowa.
Hayden, Daniel T Nebraska City, Iowa.
Hogan, Dennis J Chicago.
Hunt, Wilbur C St. Charles.
Husted, Frederick M Galva.
Ingham, George C Covington, Ind.
Jayne, Edgar L Wyoming Valley, Pa.
John, James M
Keeler, Charles B Chicago.
Latshaw, Henry C Chicago.
Lynch, John C New Orleans, La.
McFarland, James Chicago.
Mason, Henry B. (pleadings only) Chicago.
McCord, L. E Geneseo.
Mason, Alfred B Chicago.
Neuman, Jacob Chicago.
Norcross, Hiram F Monmouth.
Nicholson, William Chicago.
Raymond, James H Evanston.
Rockafellow, Joseph B Galva.
Stevenson, Hugh B Chemung.
Walsh, Thomas J Chicago.
Wilson, Charles S Chicago.
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Allen, Louis Carlisle.
Asay, James F. (casual.) Chicago.
Averill, S. P Chicago.
Andrews, J. W. (pleadings only) Chicago.
Harrow, John T. Chicago.
Baker, Geo. A. H Chicago.
Bellamy, Rufus W Chicago.
Berdel, C. A Chicago.
Bliss, Howard C Chicago.
Boice, Leonard Chicago.
Bockius, F. B. E Chicago.
Brodrick, Michael Chicago.
Burley, Clarance A Chicago.
Butterfield, Chas. W Chicago.
Buehler, John Chicago.
Browne, Oliver Chicago.
Brickwood, Albert W Farina.
Burton, T. E. (transient.) Oberlin, Ohio.
Carrell, Geo. W Chicago.
Carey, Warren Princeton.
Chamberlain, Wm. Y Yellow Springs, Ohio
Collier, C. R. (casual.) Petersburg.
Darlow, James Chicago.
DeWolf, W. L Chicago.
Drake, Thomas B Chicago.
Doud, Albert L Gardner.
Elliott, Frank C
Ellis, John A Chicago.
Frank, Calvin Peoria.
Ficklin, A. C Charleston.
Farmer, William M Vandalia.
Garlock, C. F Muscatine, Iowa.
Gorton, E. F Chicago.
Goulet, Geo. C. (casual) Kankakee.
Grove, J. Paul Shelbyville.
Herford, Samuel Chicago.
Heap, Arnold Chicago.
Honore, A. C Chicago.
Ireland, Robert M Chicago.page 39
Jampolis, Robert R Chicago.
Jones, William H Verona Spa, New York.
Katz, Chas. S Chicago.
Kelsey, Silas E Lisbon.
King, Irving C Chicago.
Krummey, John Chicago.
Labrie, Arthur C Manteno.
Lewis, Martin O Chicago.
McGarry, Wm. L Evanston.
McNabb, E. O. (transient) Chicago.
Meagher, John (transient) Chicago.
Mason, Henry B. (pleadings only) Chicago.
Nicholson, William (entere Senior class 3d term) Chicago.
Norris, D. W Chicago.
Perry, Don J. (casual) Chicago.
Rich, Albert R Metamora.
Robinson, William M Paris, Mo.
Sprogle, H. O. (transient) Chicago.
Trask, Chas. S Caledonia, Minnesota.
Ward, James H Chicago.
Winters, Eric New York City.
Whitnell, Albert Loudon, Iowa.
Wilbur, Geo. W Belvidere.
Wing, R. M Lisbon.
Zook, David L Chicago.
Seniors 39
Juniors 64
Whole number 103