The First Law School – Berytus c. 250

The First Law School – Berytus (today Beirut, Lebanon).

The First Law School - Berytus
The First Law School – Berytus

Formal legal education flourished in the law school of Berytus (today Beirut, Lebanon) in the Roman province of Syria centuries before the first Western law school opened its doors at the University of Bologna (about 1088) and the first American law school in Litchfield, Connecticut (1784). Anton-Hermann Chroust, a classics and legal scholar, identifies the institution as the leading Roman law school from Diocletian’s (284–305) to Justinian’s (527–565) reigns, calling it “the midwife of all laws” by the latter emperor, despite the fact that Rome and Constantinople (after 425) had their own law schools.

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