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The Inception of Modern Professional Education
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As dean of Harvard Law School from 1870 to 1895, Christopher C. Langdell (1826-1906) conceived, designed, and built the educational model that leading professional schools in virtually all fields subsequently emulated.Based on meritocracy, the system’s components included the admission requirement of a bachelor’s degree, the sequenced curriculum and its extension to three years, the hurdle of annual examinations for continuation and graduation, and the independent career track for professional faculty, among other requirements that proved controversial when they were first instituted. This is the first full-length biography of the man whose educational model eventually became the standard for other professional schools.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. A Note on Style and Monetary Values
  2. pp. xv-xviii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-9
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: Boyhood and Youth, 1826–1854
  2. pp. 11-41
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: Lawyer on Wall Street, 1855–1870
  2. pp. 42-83
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: Scholar, 1870–1881
  2. pp. 84-129
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: Teacher, 1870–1881
  2. pp. 130-165
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: Faculty, 1870–1900
  2. pp. 166-192
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  1. CHAPTER SIX: The First Dean, 1870–1886
  2. pp. 193-232
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN: Students, 1876–1882
  2. pp. 233-263
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT: Triumph and Betrayal, 1886–1890s
  2. pp. 264-308
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  1. CHAPTER NINE: Poor Old White-Whiskers, 1895–1906
  2. pp. 309-346
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  1. APPENDIX ONE: Nicholas St. John Green
  2. pp. 347-348
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  1. APPENDIX TWO: Langdell's Analogies between Law and Natural Science
  2. pp. 349-352
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  1. BIBLIOGRAPHY: Arranged Alphabetically by Abbreviated Titles
  2. pp. 353-414
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  1. CASES CITED: Arranged Alphabetically by Abbreviated Titles
  2. pp. 415-418
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 419-429
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