1 L. Student Monthly 1 (1920)

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                Published by and for the Students of Columbia Law School

                                 APRIL,   1920

                           An   Esprit   de  Corps
LAW SCHOOL is a place to work. It has little room for the rah-rab's of the
       prep-school and college. But that does not mean that better work might not
       be done with the existence of a proper sense of Columbia Law School traditions
and Columbia  Law  School unity. Group tradition always tends to make for a higher
quality of individual accomplishment. Probably our bench would never develop such
a fine body of judges, or the bar such eminent jurists, were it not for a group tradition
which is carefully fostered and respected. In the past, Columbia Law School might
never have so excelled in preparing men for their greater work were it not for a unity
of effort and achievement.
    This unity was  easy to attain when the School was  relatively small. Almost
unconsciously men would  get the life-long advantage of close association during the
years of their professional training. But now the School has so grown that there
is hardly room for it in the very building devoted to it; men sit next to each other
for three years without even exchanging names; and, unlike some of the other law
schools, situated out of the large town  and where  everyone lives more  or less
together, Columbia Law School is in the heart of a large city; hundreds of the men
do not even live in its vicinity; it has a heterogeneous student body which falls off
into a maze of unrelated groups.
    It is no surprise, therefore, that a real demand has risen for closer unity in
Columbia  Law  School. This was well demonstrated by some remarks  at an Alumni
dinner not so very long ago. It has been shown  by sentiments of members  of the
Faculty.  It has clearly been proved by the organization and activities of the new
class of 1922. It has been shown by  the meetings of the presiding officers of our
Moot  Courts for the purposes of better inter-relation and publicity.
    The  Law  Student Monthly  is dedicated to this spirit of closer unity, of closer
unity for the purposes of work. First of all, in order to build up a live interest in
the work of the Moot Courts, who have so generously sponsored this periodical, it will
attempt to report their decisions, together with the names of arguing attorneys, and
in other ways encourage their growth and welfare. It will also print Notes and news
of interest to the students of the School, whether it concern the Law School football
team, or advance work  being done by some  of the law students, or work in other
graduate schools of real interest to the law student. It will print a page on Books,
not always text books, but often serving to broaden our legal interest. It may run
an Alumni  page.  It is small and hopeful. If it continues to come out it will need
continued support.

    One  of the squarest supporters of this magazine has been the class of 1922. The
class of 1922 comes to us as our first post-war class. While the two upper classes are
still more or less confused as the result of the war, the new class comes to us with a
vigor that promises even more than a status quo.

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