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The Inception of Modern Professional Education: C.C. Langdell, 1826-1906 (Studies in Legal History)

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Christopher C. Langdell (1826-1906) is one of the most influential figures in the history of American professional education. As dean of Harvard Law School from 1870 to 1895, he conceived, designed, and built the educational model that leading professional schools in virtually all fields subsequently emulated. In this first full-length biography of the educator and jurist, Bruce Kimball explores Langdell's controversial role in modern professional education and in jurisprudence.

Langdell founded his model on the idea of academic meritocracy. According to this principle, scholastic achievement should determine one's merit in professional life. Despite fierce opposition from students, faculty, alumni, and legal professionals, he designed and instituted a formal system of innovative policies based on meritocracy. This 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, the independent career track for professional faculty, the transformation of the professional library into a scholarly resource, the inductive pedagogy of teaching from cases, the organization of alumni to support the school, and a new, highly successful financial strategy.

Langdell's model was subsequently adopted by leading law schools, medical schools, business schools, and the schools of other professions. By the time of his retirement as dean of Harvard Law School, Langdell had instituted the future model for professional education throughout the United States.

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Bruce A. Kimball is professor and director of the School of Educational Policy and Leadership at the Ohio State University. This is his fifth book on American educational history.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807832578
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
Educators
Author:
Kimball, Bruce A.
Subject:
Higher
Subject:
Legal History
Subject:
History
Subject:
Law teachers -- United States.
Subject:
Langdell, C. C
Subject:
Harvard Law School; Harvard University; Christopher Columbus Langdell; James Barr Ames; Charles W. Eliot; James B. Thayer; John C. Gray; Oliver W. Holmes Jr.; professional education; professions; legal profession; law school; legal education; history of e
Subject:
Harvard Law School; Harvard University; Christopher Columbus Langdell; James Barr Ames; Charles W. Eliot; James B. Thayer; John C. Gray; Oliver W. Holmes Jr.; professional education; professions; legal profession; law school; legal education; history of e
Subject:
Harvard Law School; Harvard University; Christopher Columbus Langdell; James Barr Ames; Charles W. Eliot; James B. Thayer; John C. Gray; Oliver W. Holmes Jr.; professional education; professions; legal profession; law school; legal education; history of e
Subject:
Harvard Law School; Harvard University; Christopher Columbus Langdell; James Barr Ames; Charles W. Eliot; James B. Thayer; John C. Gray; Oliver W. Holmes Jr.; professional education; professions; legal profession; law school; legal education; history of e
Subject:
Harvard Law School; Harvard University; Christopher Columbus Langdell; James Barr Ames; Charles W. Eliot; James B. Thayer; John C. Gray; Oliver W. Holmes Jr.; professional education; professions; legal profession; law school; legal education; history of e
Subject:
Harvard Law School; Harvard University; Christopher Columbus Langdell; James Barr Ames; Charles W. Eliot; James B. Thayer; John C. Gray; Oliver W. Holmes Jr.; professional education; professions; legal profession; law school; legal education; history of e
Subject:
Harvard Law School; Harvard University; Christopher Columbus Langdell; James Barr Ames; Charles W. Eliot; James B. Thayer; John C. Gray; Oliver W. Holmes Jr.; professional education; professions; legal profession; law school; legal education; history of e
Subject:
Harvard Law School; Harvard University; Christopher Columbus Langdell; James Barr Ames; Charles W. Eliot; James B. Thayer; John C. Gray; Oliver W. Holmes Jr.; professional education; professions; legal profession; law school; legal education; history of e
Subject:
Harvard Law School; Harvard University; Christopher Columbus Langdell; James Barr Ames; Charles W. Eliot; James B. Thayer; John C. Gray; Oliver W. Holmes Jr.; professional education; professions; legal profession; law school; legal education; history of e
Subject:
Harvard Law School; Harvard University; Christopher Columbus Langdell; James Barr Ames; Charles W. Eliot; James B. Thayer; John C. Gray; Oliver W. Holmes Jr.; professional education; professions; legal profession; law school; legal education; history of e
Subject:
Harvard Law School
Subject:
Harvard university
Subject:
Christopher Columbus Langdell
Subject:
James Barr Ames
Subject:
Charles W. Eliot
Subject:
James B. Thayer
Subject:
John C. Gray
Subject:
Oliver W. Holmes Jr.
Subject:
Professional education
Subject:
Professions
Subject:
Legal Profession
Subject:
Law school
Subject:
Legal Education
Subject:
history of education
Subject:
American education
Subject:
Twentieth century
Subject:
Biography-Educators
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Studies in Legal History
Publication Date:
20090631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 illus., 9 tables
Pages:
488
Dimensions:
9.5 x 6.4 in

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