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Guide to the School of Law Reference Collection, 1930-ongoing

Collection Overview

The School of Law Reference Collection contains subject files pertaining to various topics particular to the School of Law; some subjects/formats include: admissions, clippings, first female law student, student produced publications, first year law classes, bulletins, reports, and curriculum. The collection begins in 1930 and is ongoing.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. University Archives
Title
School of Law Reference collection 1930-ongoing
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.0 Linear Feet, 2000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Administration, 1905-1978
Box 1
Admissions
Box 1
Alumni
Box 1
Alumni Register [Duke], 1938, 1963
Box 1
Annual Reports to the President, 1960-1968
Box 1
Barristers Club
Box 1
Bolich, W. Bryan, A History of Duke Law School, 1972
Box 1
Law School Building, Dedication, Plans, etc.
Box 1
Law School Building, Addition, Groundbreaking
Box 1
Campaign for Duke, Final Report, 1992
Box 1
Center for the Study of the Public Domain, "Bound by Law", 2002
Box 1
Clippings, Miscellaneous
Box 1
Clippings and news releases, 1964-2000
Box 1
Commencement, Procession, undated
Box 1
Conference on Securities Regulation, 1964 Nov 6-7
Box 1
Cox, Miriam [first female law student] (A97-51)
Box 1
Curriculum
Box 2
Development and History
Box 2
Duke Bar Association, 1932-1938
Box 2
Duke Bar Association, Memos, resolutions, constitution, 1979-1980
Box 2
Duke International Law Society
Box 2
Duke Law Journal: Symposium, 1980
Box 2
Duke Law Journal
Box 2
"Duke Law Reporter"
Box 2
Faculty Meeting, minutes and memoranda
Box 2
First Year Law Classes, picture and clippings
Box 2
Government Contracts Conference, 1964
Box 2
Grants and Special Projects Committee
Box 2
"Hanging the Nixon Portrait: A Perspective . . .," (A98-18), 1998
Box 2
Institutes
Box 2
Duke International Law Society Annual, 1986-1987
Box 2
International Legal Studies Conference, 1955
Box 2
"An Introduction to Civil Procedure" by Dale F. Stansbury, undated
Box 2
Introduction to the Duke University School of Law [pamphlet], 1981
Box 2
Law School Bulletin, 1932-1934
Box 3
Law and Contemporary Problems
Box 3
Law Day
Box 3
Law Forum
Box 3
Law School Bulletin, 1934-1941
Box 3
Law and Public Policy Program
Box 3
Legal Aid Clinic
Box 3
Legislative Research and Drafting Dept., 1931
Box 3
Library (2 folders)
Box 3
Log Cabins
Box 3
Long-Range Planning Report, 1958
Box 3
John Marshall Portrait
Box 3
Moot Court Competition
Box 3
Mordecai Society, Constitution, 1930
Box 3
North Carolina Bar Association Institute
Box 3
North Carolina Bar Notes, 1973-1980
Box 3
Order of the Coif (2 folders)
Box 4
Pre-legal Education Committee (2 folders)
Box 4
Passport [newsletter], 1997
Box 4
Publications, miscellaneous
Box 4
Rule of Law Research Center
Box 4
Rules of the Law School
Box 4
Scholarships
Box 4
School Law Conference, 1954-1962
Box 4
Self-Study Report, 1965
Box 4
Shimm, Melvin G., Reflections on the history of Duke Law School, 1995
Box 4
Soviet International Law Conference, 1964
Box 4
Speeches/Symposiums, 1933, 1963, 1969
Box 4
Student Papers
Box 4
Trinity College Law School [see Trinity College (Durham, NC) Collection]
Box 4
Weather Modification Seminar, 1976
Box 4

Historical Note

timeline excerpted from School of Law's A History of Duke Law School http://www.law.duke.edu/history/index

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
1850Braxton Craven, President of Normal (later Trinity) College, in Randolph County, North Carolina, the predecessor of Duke University, inaugurates lectures on Political and Natural Law as part of a liberal arts curriculum; in 1855 these are supplemented by lectures on Constitutional and International Law.
1865The Law Department is established as one of eleven academic departments in Trinity College.
1868A separate School of Law is organized to offer professional training.
1882The School of Law closes and legal instruction is discontinued following President Craven's death.
1887Legal instruction is resumed as an academic course in the History Department.
1891Trinity College moves from Randolph County to Durham, and the School of Law is reopened with Justice A. C. Avery of the North Carolina Supreme Court as its Dean. No undergraduate work is required for admission to the two-year program leading to the LL.B degree.
1894The Law School closes and legal instruction is discontinued for financial reasons.
1904James Buchanan Duke and Benjamin Newton Duke provide the endowment to reopen the School of Law, and Samuel Fox Mordecai, a Raleigh attorney and part-time law teacher at Wake Forest College, is appointed Senior Professor of Law.
1905Professor Mordecai, who has been named Dean, initiates a reorganization of the School of Law, which is housed on the second floor of the East Duke Building. Trinity is admitted to membership in the Association of American Law Schools. Trinity withdraws from membership in 1919
1924Duke University is created, and Trinity College becomes its undergraduate school for men.
1927The School of Law moves into renovated quarters in the Carr Building on the newly rebuilt East Campus. Dean Mordecai dies, and W. Bryan Bolich is named Acting Dean. Miriam Cox, a Duke Woman's College graduate and court reporter, is the first woman student admitted to Duke Law School.
1930The School of Law moves into its new building on the Main Quadrangle of the West Campus.Justin Miller, Dean of the Law School of the University of Southern California, is appointed Dean, and the faculty is substantially enlarged. Duke is readmitted to membership in the Association of American Law Schools.
1931The Duke Bar Association, closely modeled on the American Bar Association, is established by the law students to: "1) foster legal science, 2) maintain the honor and dignity of the legal profession among law students, 3) cultivate professional ethics and social intercourse among its members, and 4) promote the welfare of the Law School of Duke University."
1932Clinical legal education is introduced into the curriculum with the establishment of the Duke Legal Aid Clinic, the first law school-connected program of its kind in the country.
1938Dean Horack oversees the construction of five log cabins on the northern edge of the West Campus. Built to help alleviate the shortage of housing for law students, they are used as dormitory and recreational facilities. The cabins are less Spartan than their name implies, and have electricity, central heating and indoor plumbing.
1951The Law School building is now too small, and lacks space to house the Law Library (now over 100,000 volumes). Dean McClain receives a commitment of $250,000 from the University Trustees towards a new, modern law building.
1959The Duke Legal Aid Clinic closes and clinical legal education is discontinued.
1961The first African-American students are admitted.
1962-63The School of Law moves into its new building on Towerview Road and Science Drive. The Honorable Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States, is the principal speaker at the dedication ceremony on Law Day, 1963.
1966To protest the North Carolina Bar Association's denial of membership to an African-American graduate of the Law School, the faculty approves a resolution by a 2-1 margin to sever ties with the Bar Association until applicants are accepted without discrimination based on race. The Law School re-establishes its connection with the Bar Association in 1969.
1967The MD/JD program, the Law School's first joint degree program, is inaugurated under co-sponsorship with the Medical School. This program is followed in later years by joint degree programs under co-sponsorship with the Business School, the Institute of Public Policy, the School of the Environment, the Engineering School, and the Graduate School (in disciplines, including anthropology, economics, English, history, philosophy, political science, Romance studies, and humanities).
1968The LLB degree is replaced by the JD as the basic professional degree. Small-section instruction is introduced in conjunction with an intensive research and writing program in all first-year courses.The Legal Aid Clinic is re-activated; clinical legal education is reintroduced into the curriculum in 1972.
1985-86The JD/LLM (International and Comparative Law) combined degree program, the first of its kind in the country, is inaugurated.The LLM program for foreign-trained lawyers is expanded and rapidly grows; in the 2007-2008 academic year there are over 80 international students at Duke Law and almost 1,000 international alumni.
1991A voluntary Pro Bono program is established with 44 students providing assistance to programs in the Durham community; by the 2006-2007 academic year there are 368 students enrolled in 576 pro bono placements.
1993The Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security is founded; by 2006 the Law School supports centers and programs devoted to the study of a variety of issues: • Center for Environmental Solutions (launched in 2005) • Center for Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy (established in 2002 as part of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, a multi-disciplinary, campus-wide network of centers and programs) • Center for International and Comparative Law (founded 2006) • Center for the Study of the Public Domain and Program in Intellectual Property (created in 2002) • Global Capital Markets Center (established in 1998, in cooperation with the Fuqua School of Business) • Program in Public Law (founded in 1997).
1995Clinical education at the Law School is revived with the Death Penalty Clinic; other clinics are soon established:• AIDS Legal Project (1996)• Animal Law Project (2005)• Children's Law Clinic (2002)• Community Enterprise Clinic (2002)• Environmental Law and Policy Clinic (2007)• Guantanamo Defense Clinic (2005)• Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (2006)
2002The "Great Lives in the Law" lecture series, sponsored by the Duke Program in Public Law, is inaugurated by William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States. Subsequent speakers include: civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers (2002), Justice Anthony Kennedy (2002), Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (2003), Dennis W. Archer, president of the American Bar Association (2003), Richard Goldstone, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa (2004), historian John Hope Franklin (2004), Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (2005), former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno (2005), and Linda Greenhouse, Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times (2006).

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], School of Law Reference Collection, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The School of Law Reference Collection was compiled from various sources by University Archives staff for reference and research.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, February 2008

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, February 2008

Updated by Molly Bragg, July 2011

Accessions were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.