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Creator: School of Law.
Title:School of Law course materials
Dates:1929-1951
Call Number:A09
Location:23/1
Volume:0.30 cubic ft. (1 box)
Scope and Content Abstract:The collection consists of examinations and teaching supplements created by various Northeastern University instructors for their law classes. Instructors include Harold Pendexter Johnson, John Varnum Spalding, Robert Howell Davison, William Macy Marvel, Dana Taylor Gallup, and Lowell S. Nicholson.
Historical Abstract:Northeastern University School of Law, the first evening law program in Boston, was founded in 1898 as a series of evening courses offered by the Boston Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).  These courses were introduced by Frank Palmer Speare, the Educational Director of the Evening Institute of the Boston YMCA, and later, the first president of Northeastern University. The Evening School of Law, which attracted students who worked during the day and who could not afford tuition to other law schools, offered 200 hours of instruction, combining lectures and the case study method. In 1922, the first women law students were admitted into the program; in the same year, the school was renamed Northeastern University School of Law; and because of the increase in student enrollment, divisional campuses of the School of Law were established in Worcester and Springfield in 1917 and in Providence in 1920. In 1953, the Board of Trustees of Northeastern University decided to close the School of Law, shifting its educational efforts and financial expenditures to other academic programs. After raising more than $500,000 in a year and a half, the Board of Trustees officially announced the reopening of the School of Law on May 13, 1966.
Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Johnson, Harold Pendexter.
  • Spalding, John Varnum.
  • Davison, Robert Howell.
  • Marvel, William Macy.
  • Gallup, Dana Taylor.
  • Nicholson, Lowell S.

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). School of Law.

  • Law examinations.
  • Law--Study and teaching (Higher)--Massachusetts--Boston.

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Michele Lee, February 1996