By Bruce A. Kimball
Christopher C. Langdell (1826-1906) is likely one of the such a lot influential figures within the historical past of yank expert schooling. As dean of Harvard legislation tuition from 1870 to 1895, he conceived, designed, and equipped the academic version that best expert colleges in almost all fields for that reason emulated. during this first full-length biography of the educator and jurist, Bruce Kimball explores Langdell's arguable position in sleek expert schooling and in jurisprudence.
Langdell based his version at the thought of educational meritocracy. in line with this precept, scholastic fulfillment may still make certain one's benefit in specialist lifestyles. regardless of fierce competition from scholars, college, alumni, and lawyers, he designed and instituted a proper process of leading edge rules in accordance with meritocracy. This system's elements integrated the admission requirement of a bachelor's measure, the sequenced curriculum and its extension to 3 years, the hurdle of annual examinations for continuation and commencement, the self reliant occupation tune for pro college, the transformation of the pro library right into a scholarly source, the inductive pedagogy of educating from instances, the association of alumni to aid the varsity, and a brand new, hugely winning monetary strategy.
Langdell's version was once to that end followed through best legislation faculties, clinical colleges, company faculties, and the colleges of different professions. by the point of his retirement as dean at Harvard, Langdell's reforms had formed the longer term version for pro schooling during the United States.
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