February 1, 1869 - Law School opens


Following the war in 1868, President Father Corby and the Board of Trustees laid the groundwork to establish a law school. In January 1869 the law school was formally established and today, February 1, 1869 was the first day of classes. Once a week, the professor acting as the judge would hold a moot court where the students filled every role from bailiff and sheriff to attorneys. By the mid 1880s, the law school began to flourish and its graduates had earned a good reputation across the country of being well educated and hard workers. One hundred forty three years later, the Notre Dame Law School is the oldest Roman Catholic Law School in the nation.

To learn more about the first fifty years of Notre Dame's history, pick up a copy of the book prepared for the Golden Jubilee: A Brief History of the University of Notre Dame du Lac, Indiana, from 1842 to 1892 (1895).




Keywords: law school, father corby, golden jubilee

Posted On: 2012-02-01 00:15:01 by IrishTrpt07

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