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COURSE OF INSTRUCTION.
The course of instruction extends through three years of nine months each.* The object of the college is to afford a thorough training in the fundamental principles of Anglo-American law, both the substantive law and the law of procedure. Instruction is carried on by the study of selected cases, text-books, and syllabi, by lectures and exposition, and by colloquy and discussion. In addition to the courses given by the resident Faculty, provision is made each year for courses of lectures by eminent specialists in the profession.
*Resolved, That the American Bar Association approves the lengthening of the course of instruction in law schools to a period of three years, and that it expresses the hope that as soon as practicable a rule may be adopted in each state, which will require candidates for admission to the bar to study law for three years before applying for admission."-From the Proceedings of the American Bar Association for 1897, p. 31.
1. Contract. Fall, winter and spring terms. Huffcut's Anson on Contract; Huffcut and Woodruff's American Cases on Contract. (Includes Hypothetical Cases. One hour.) T., W., Th., F., 9,
Ames's and Smith's
2. Torts. Fall, winter and spring terms. Cases on Torts. 2 vols. (Includes Hypothetical Cases. One hour.) M., W., F., 10, Professor HUFFCUT.
3. Criminal Law and Procedure. Fall, winter and spring terms. Clark's Criminal Law; Fisher's Cases on Criminal Law; New York Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure. T., Th., II, Professor POUND.
4. Property. Fall, winter and spring terms. Personal Property; Real Property begun. Syllabus and Parts I, II and III of Finch's Selected Cases on the Law of Property in Land; selected cases on the law of Personal Property. M., W., F., 11, Professor W. A. FINCH.
5. Civil Procedure. Fall, winter and spring terms. Introductory lectures on the relation of procedure to substantive law, and the development of the reformed procedure; N. Y. Code of Civil Procedure, first five chapters, and selected cases on topics included therein; Perry's Common Law Pleading taught with the special purpose of showing the relation of common law pleading and forms of actions, to the reformed procedure. T., Th., 10, Professor REDFIELD.
6. Hypothetical Cases. Fall, winter and spring terms. Argument and discussion of cases by members of the classes in Contract and Torts. Professors HUFFCUT and WOODRUFF. [This course is a part of the required work in Contract and Torts.]
Real Property continued. Finch's Selected Cases on the Law of Property in Land. M., W., F., 10, Professor W. A. FINCH.
21. Sales. Half year. Burdick's Cases on the Law of Sales. M., W., F., 10, Professor W. A. FINCH.
22. Equity Jurisdiction. Fall, winter and spring terms. Syllabus and selected cases. M., W., F., 11, Professor HUFFCUT.
23. Agency. Fall term. Huffcut's Elements of the Law of Agency; Huffcut's Cases on Agency. T., Th., II, Professor WOOD
24. Domestic Relations and the Law of Persons. Winter term. Woodruff's Cases on Domestic Relations and the Law of Per
sons. T., Th., II, Professor WOODRUFF.
25. Insurance. Spring term. Elliott's Outline of Insurance; Elliott's Cases on Insurance. T., Th., II, Professor WOODRUFF.
26. Evidence. Fall, winter and spring terms. Thayer's Cases on Evidence. (Chase's Stephen's Digest of the Law of Evidence, 2d Ed., recommended for collateral study.) T., Th., 9, Professor POUND.
27. Constitutional Law. Fall, winter and spring terms. Cooley's Principles of Constitutional Law; Thayer's Cases on Constitutional Law (selections). W., 9, Professor POUND.
28. Civil Procedure. Fall, winter and spring terms. N. Y. Code of Civil Procedure, chapters 6 to 13 inclusive; Bryant's Code Pleading and selected cases. The preparation of pleadings and motion papers by every member of the class, on hypothetical statements of facts, is part of the required work; the form, sufficiency, etc., of the pleadings submitted being discussed in the class-room, and argument of motions being presented by members assigned for this work. M., F., 9, Professor REDFIELD.
29. College Court. Fall, winter and spring terms. One hour.
30. Property. Fall, winter and spring terms. Property continued: Mortgages and Liens; Wills. Chaplin on Wills. T., Th., II. fessor W. A. FINCH.
Mechem's Elements of Partnership;
31. Partnership. Fall term. Mechem's Cases on Partnership. 32. Private Corporations. Cases on Private Corporations (Clark on Corporations recommended for collateral study). M., W., F., II, Professor POUND.
33. Quasi-Contracts. Half year. Keener's Quasi-Contracts aud selected cases.
M., 9, F., 10, Professor WOODRUFF.
McClain's Cases on Carriers.
34. Carriers. Half year.
F., 10, Professor WOODRUFF.
35. Bills, Notes and Checks. Fall and winter terms. Huffcut's Statutes, Cases and Authorities on Negotiable Instruments. T., Th., 10, Professor HUFFCUT.
Spring term. Syllabus and Lectures.
T., Th., 10, Professor HUFFCUT.
36. International Law.
37. Civil Procedure. Fall, winter and spring terms.
N. Y. Code
of Civil Procedure, chapters 14 to 19 inclusive, special attention being given to chapters 15, 16 and 18 with selected cases on topics included therein; Redfield's Law and Practice of Surrogate's Courts. Preparation of papers, on hypothetical statements of facts, in the actions and special proceedings, the procedure in which is regulated by the chapters last mentioned, is part of the required work. T., W., Th., 9, Professor Redfield.
38. Statute of Frauds. Insolvency and Bankruptcy. Practical Suggestions for the Preparation and Trial of Causes. Legal Ethics. Half year. Lectures. M., W., 10, Dean F. M.
39. History and Evolution of Law. Half year. The course at present consists of the following Lectures: 1. Introductory. 2. Rudimental Relations. 3. The Patriarchal System. 4. Possession and Tort. 5. Status and Sovereignty. 6. Transfers of Possession. 7. The Mosaic Law. 8. The Laws of Menu. 9. Lycurgus and Solon. 10. The Salic Law. II. The Twelve Tables. 12. The Praetor and his Ethics. 13. Justinian. 14. The Coming of Contract. Roman Evolution. 16. Anglo-Saxon Law. 17. The Feudal System. 18. Seisin. 19. Decay of Feudalism. 20. Sir Edward Coke. 21. The Common Law. M., W., 10, Dean F. M. FINCH.
40. College Court. Fall, winter and spring terms. One hour.
Examinations are held at the end of each term. The continuance of a student in the college is dependent upon the manner in which he passes such examinations. Furthermore the Faculty do not hesitate to drop a student from the rolls at any time in the year on becoming satisfied that he is neglecting his work.
The College Court consists of the Faculty Division, an Appellate Division selected from the senior class, and a Senior Division, Junior Division and First Year Division. The First Year Division argues hypothetical cases in the class-room. The Junior and Senior divisions are divided into Club Courts for the argument of causes. Appeals lie from the Club Courts to the Appellate Division and from the Appellate Division, in certain cases, to the Faculty Division. All students are required to take part in these courts.
The underlying purpose of the entire course in civil procedure is to equip the student for the direct practical application of his knowledge
of substantive law; to give him, so far as is possible under the differing conditions, the same actual work which is, or may be, given in an attorney's office; and, at the same time, to enable him to gain that conception and knowledge of procedure as a system, and its relation to substantive law, which are not usually obtained in such an office.
To accomplish this purpose, instruction and practical work proceed together. The preparation of pleadings, motion papers, petitions, etc., in an action or special proceeding under consideration, is not only required; but papers showing marked defects are discussed in the classroom; criticisms asked for; defects pointed out; and the essentials of a proper pleading, petition or other paper stated. The official court rules are strictly complied with, when possible, and the various steps in an action or special proceeding are taken in the same way and in the same order, as if taken in actual practice.
Courses in the Academic Department. Students in the College of Law may, with permission of the Faculty of the College of Law and with the consent of the Academic Faculty of the University in each case, elect courses in the Academic Department, without the payment of any extra fee.
Some students, who are not graduates of universities or colleges, prefer to take four years for the completion of the law course, giving ten or twelve class-room hours each week to law studies and five or more to studies in the other departments. The Law Faculty are always ready to advise such students in the selection of non-professional courses.
In the Department of Elocution and Oratory special classes are formed for the benefit of members of the College of Law who desire to elect the course in Public Speaking. A description of the courses will be found at pp. 103-106. The following are the courses offered to law students: (1) Public Speaking; (2) Oratory; (3) Argumentation ; (4) Extempore Speaking.
Boardman Hall. Boardman Hall is situated directly opposite the general library building and was erected for the exclusive use of the College of Law. It is a large three-story structure, 202 by 58 feet, built of Cleveland sandstone with interior finish of oak, and practically fire-proof. On the first floor are three commodious lecture rooms and necessary cloak rooms. On the second floor are the offices of the several resident professors and rooms for the use of the club courts. On the third floor are the library rooms.
The Law Library. The library of the College of Law numbesr