11 Law Student 1 (1933-1934)

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VOL. 11, No. 1

Printed in
UJ. S. A.

BROOKLYN, N. Y.

Published by
The American Law '13.k C..

OCTOBER, 1933

The Frontier of the Law - Suggestions for
Improvement in Legal Education
By ORVILL C. SNYDER, Dean,
The Columbus College of Law, Columbus, Ohio
After the foregoing array of criticisms of legal education,  pecially, with any general movement, is to reach for a book
what suggestions can be made for improvement? Let us con-  on the shelf and try to find a case on all fours. Life keeps
sider this question under the following headings:        moving and moves away from the lawyers, who are dragged,
Purposes;                                           grumbling, in its wake. From the first day in law we have
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Materials and Methods.
I may say here in self-protec-
tion that the suggestions con-
tained herein are not supposed to       Special Articl
be exhaustive but are provoca-
tive merely.                          The Frontier of
The Prime Purpose                      tions for I
The writer of this article                     Legal
heartily agrees with the thesis,
touched upon by Mr. William H.                  The L
Boyd in his address before the
Ohio Bar Association at Cedar           Shall an Actic
Point in July of the present year,
to the effect that all the great       Injuries by Expa
movements of constructive thought                 of Le
in American Civilization have
been directed and carried to suc-              Everyon
cess by lawyers; that the great
lawyers of the past have been
leaders in sound and balanced                 The Per
thinking in all matters of hu-
man affairs; that the legal pro-        For Complete
fession was where it belonged
then; and that it ought to be
there now. Therefore, I assume
that the primary purpose of legal  -   -
education is to help to prepare the future members of the
Bar for the place that they ought to occupy.
As I have indicated in my first article, The Frontier of the
Law, the legal profession has of late vacated the proud lead-
ership which it held under the Adamses, Jefferson, Madison,
Hamilton, Webster Calhoun, Lincoln, Marshall and Taney,
and has become a    e hand-maiden to the designs of more
practical and couriageN vocations.
The reason why the egal profession has forfeited its
heritage is due, not sligh , to a type of legal instruction.
Exclusive preoccupation wi h decided cases is the fault.
Lawyers always have their faces turned to the past; all they
know, when dealing with a particular controversy and, es-

___      been tra nng (not e ca    g)
them to be that way.
es in This Number               The Lawyer's Place in
Social Thought
A, T        C            I    Just what, a little more fully,

is a proper conception of the
lawyer's place? He should not
be the first to move but he should
not be an obstructionist. When
he moves it should be sensibly,
with balance, and with the power
which comes from the fact that
the law is the only profession
possessing inductive techniques
which have been tested in the
domain of human conduct. When
social consciousness has become
aroused to a substantial degree,
then the lawyer should come for-
ward with balanced judgment,
trustworthy vision, and wise
counsel to work into practical ad-
vance the ideals and aspirations
of those less intensively trained.
The law must be the profession
devoted to seasoned and cour-

ageous progress.
Objectives of Legal Education to Accomplish
The Prime Purpose
The first objective is the development of a sound tech-
nique of case study, which of necessity will involve a large
informational content of the doctrines, principles, and rules,
of the case system of law.
The second objective is turning the faces of our students
to the future; we must aid them to paint dynamic pictures
of the law in their minds. It is the glory of the law that
its books contain the wisest counsel of the past; but it is
the futility of the law if that counsel be regarded as all in all
(Continued o) Page 23)

STUDENT
Students & Lawyers

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Index, See Page 31

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