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Page 230 - Law, considered as a science, consists of certain principles or doctrines. To have such a mastery of these as to be able to apply them with constant facility and certainty to the ever-tangled skein of human affairs, is what constitutes a true lawyer; and hence to acquire that mastery should be the business of every earnest student of law.
Page 26 - What qualifies a person, therefore, to teach law is not experience in the work of a lawyer's office, not experience in dealing with men, not experience in the trial or argument of causes, — not experience, in short, in using law, but experience in learning law...
Page 231 - This growth is to be traced in the main through a series of cases; and much the shortest and best, if not the only way of mastering the doctrine effectually is by studying the cases in which it is embodied.
Page 68 - The language of the Thirteenth Amendment was not new. It reproduced the historic words of the ordinance of 1787...
Page 327 - Commentaries on the Conflict of Laws, Foreign and Domestic, in regard to Contracts, Rights, and Remedies, and especially in regard to Marriages, Divorces, Wills, Successions, and Judgments.
Page 178 - He aimed not so much to impart information, as to develop the analytical powers of the men, to make them think as lawyers. He questioned much; he answered little. Those who came to hear the law laid down went away to ponder what it ought to be. He loved the battle of wits; but he never argued simply for the sake of victory. He helped men in many ways, but most of all because he made them help themselves.
Page 116 - We will not be contented to send forth students with nothing but a ragbag full of general principles, — a throng of glittering generalities like a swarm of little bodiless cherubs fluttering at the top of one of Correggio's pictures. They have said that to make a general principle worth anything you must give it a body; you must show in what way and how far it would be applied actually in an actual system ; you must show how it has gradually emerged as the felt reconciliation of concrete instances,...
Page 262 - Boston till two o'clock ; I will ride directly out, take a hasty dinner, and be here by half past three o'clock, and hear the case if you are willing." He looked round the school for a reply. We felt ashamed in our own business, where we were alone interested, to be outdone in zeal and...
Page 109 - America on a book-hunting mission of the librarian of a sister institution, the skilled buyer through whom the School acquired the Olivart Collection, a man singularly well endowed and trained for the work he. was undertaking. Dr. Lichtenstein has now been in South America for a year, and he and his principals are well satisfied with his success. He has visited all the republics and has bought for the School complete, or nearly complete, collections of their legislation, the reports of their courts,...