5 Law Student 1 (1927-1928)

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VOL. V, No. 1I h meia Law hook C. BROOKLYN, NEW YORK     24 Pages  SEPTEMBER 15, 1927

Bar Applicants Again Tested in Use of Law Books

The first test in legal re-
search or the use of law books
in connection with a bar ex-
amination in Kansas was given
June 21st in the legislative
chamber of the State House,
Forty-eight applicants pre-
sented themselves. At the
conclusion of their memory
test they were subjected to a
three-hour examination in the
use of the following books:
Pacific Reporter Digest
Ruling Case Law
L. R. A. Digest
A. L. R. Digest
Corpus Juris-Cyc
Kansas Statutes
Kansas Reports
The comparatively limited
number of applicants made it
unnecessary to give them the
research test in hourly groups.
Instead three sets of each
work to be searched were
placed along the wall at the
rear of the legislative cham-
ber, which number of books
proved amply sufficient for the
use of the forty-eight men.
The movement of applicants
from their desks to the book
stacks caused no confusion,
the work being undertaken by
all in a commendable spirit of
seriousness, after President
Keene of the examining board
had stated that the test was
regarded by the board as of
importance and that good
work thereon would count
heavily in favor of the par-
ticular applicant.
Each applicant was given a
separate question whereon to
prepare a skeleton brief, that is,
a statement of the principle of
law controlling his question,
supported by a citation for
authorities to each of the
works listed above, as well as
citation of Kansas cases in
The briefs submitted by the
applicants on this examination
as a whole were of commend-
able quality, undoubtedly due
to the fact that all law schools
in Kansas give courses in legal
research as part of their cur-
The examination was wit-
nessed with interest by sev-
eral judges of the supreme
court of the state, also by
the deans of the law schools
and others concerned.
This test in legal research
I be continued hereafter in

Kansas as an integral part of
the examination for admission
to the bar.
The second examination in
legal research or the use of
law books in connection with
the bar examination in Ohio
was given at Memorial Hall,
Columbus, June 28th and 29th.
Six hundred and twenty-
eight applicants took this test.
The large number necessitated
the employment of the same
plan of examination used in
Ohio at the first research ex-
amination in December of
1926, namely, the plan of di-
viding the entire body of ap-
plicants into groups and giv-
ing each group one hour of re-
search work in the library sup-
pfied for their use.
The applicants were re-
quired to search the following
Northeastern Reporter Digest
Ruling Case Law
L. R. A. Digest
A. L. R. Digest
Corpus Juris-Cyc
Page's Ohio Digest
Ohio Statutes
The entire body of 628 ap-
plicants were divided into six
sections of 110 men each, the
sixth or last section being
somewhat smaller than this
number inasmuch as the total
number of applicants was less
than 660. Ten sets of each of
the works to be searched were
placed in the lobby of Memo-
rial Hall. Ten tables were
also placed there, accommo-
dating eleven men each. At
nine o'clock in the morning of
the first day of the examina-
tion the first 110 of the appli-
cants were sent into this lobby
and undertook one hour of re-
search work. Each man at a
table received a different ques-
tion whereon to prepare a
brief. The entire body of ap-
plicants did the work on the
following schedule:
1st Section of 110 men
Research 9-10 first day
Normal 10-1, 2-6 first day;
9-12, 1-5 second day
2nd Section
Research 12-1 first day
Normal 9-12, 2-6 first day;
9-12, 1-5 second day
3rd Section
Research 5-6 first day
Normal 9-12, 1-5 first day;
9-12, 1-5 second day
(Continued page 14, col. 1)

See article on page 15
Albert H. Miller of the Toledo Bar
September 17th is the birth- nental Congress, but neither
day of our Republic. Sep- Congress     nor   Washington
tember 24th is the birthday of was supreme in command. If
John Marshall. The Consti- a state desired, it would march
tution came into being on our its troops on to the field of
nation's birthday. John Mar- battle. And it could and did
shall was its great expounder. just as easily march them off.
Had it not been for John      But with the French fleet
Marshall, it is doubtful if we to the sea and Washington's
would have the great unified army to the land, Cornwallis
country that now constitutes found himself bottled up at
our nation. And John Mar- Yorktown     and  surrendered.
shall was a lawyer.         Then we had anarchy.
Our Government did not      An officer of the Revolu-
spring into being with the sur- tinary War by the name of
render of Cornwallis at York- Shays, led  a  rebellion  in
town. The successful ending Massachusetts, burned court-
of the War of the Revolution houses and terrified communi-
did not ipso facto give birth ties.
to the great nation of the    A mob stormed the Conti-
Western Hemisphere.         nental Congress at Philadel-
During the Revolution we phia and Congress fled to
had confusion, There was no Princeton, New Jersey. There
centralized Government. Each was no Government to pro-
state was a sovereign, su- tect them.
preme, a   nation  in itself.
Washington was Commander-
in-Chief of the Continental cents to nothing on the dollar.
Army, and we had a Conti-    (Continued page 22, col. 1)

Stanford University Law School
Stanford University, Cal.
The   Stanford  University
Law School has recently an-
nounced extensive k hanges in
and rearrangement of the law
curriculum. Several months
of study on the part of the
faculty have been devoted to
the problem of reorganization
of courses with a view to the
elimination of unnecessary du-
plication and the better co-
ordination of topics. As a re-
sult the student will be en-
abled to cover a somewhat
broader field without any in-
crease in the period of resi-
dence required. A few exam-
ples will serve to illustrate the
manner in which this object
has been attained. The sub-
ject of quasi-contracts will be
discontinued as a separate
course and will be combined
with contracts. The former
courses dealing with mort-
gages and suretyship will be
combined and to these will be
added 'conditional sales, trust
receipts, pledges, mechanics'
liens, etc., the whole to be
known as security. The
present course in trade regu-
lation will he dropped and the
subject matter covered in part
in constitutional law and in
part in torts. Bailments and
carriers will be combined with
public utilities. Four courses
in property will be combined
into two with an entirely new
arrangement of subject mat-
ter. The time devoted to cer-
tain courses will be slightly
reduced. As a result there
will be a net reduction of
some fifteen or sixteen quarter
units, while at the same time
it is thought that the effec-
tiveness of the courses will be
A further change will be
made in the matter of exami-
nations. Hereafter a single
final examination will be given
at the end of each course
rather than at the end of each
quarter, as at present. Thus,
in a few instances the exami-
nation will cover three quar-
ters work, and in numerous
instances two quarters. There
will remain, however, a suffi-
cient number of one quarter
courses to enable students to
graduate at the end of any
quarter, as has been the case
In addition to the changes
mentioned above, provision
has been made for work in
(Continued page 6, col. 1)

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