The Law School Revolution 1870 – Harvard

The Law School Revolution 1870 – Harvard University

The Law School Revolution 1870 – Harvard
The Law School Revolution 1870 – Harvard – Portrait of Christopher Columbus Langdell by Frederick Porter Vinton, 1892

William Blackstone (1723–1780), Theodore Dwight (1822–1892), Christopher Columbus Langdell (1826–1906)

Harvard Law School (HLS) is Harvard University’s law school in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is the oldest continually functioning law school in the United States, as well as one of the most respected in the country, having been founded in 1817.

With only one faculty member, the institution was floundering by 1827. The Dane Professorship of Law was then established by Nathan Dane, a notable graduate of the college, who insisted that it be presented to then-Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story. The school was once known as “Dane Law School.” John H. Ashmun, son of Eli Porter Ashmun and brother of George Ashmun, took a post at Harvard in 1829 and closed his Northampton Law School, with many of his pupils joining him.

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