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About The Nebraskan. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1892-1899 | View Entire Issue (Nov. 29, 1893)
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LINCOLN, NMURASKA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29. 1893.
The Laboratory method of
studv has lor some time been
supplantiu"1 all others in almost
every direction. Not merely in
sciences, but in hitorv, philog-
ot, and even in literature,
iw.MlirwU f tiwini.Mi.ltx' whih
the student sees and investigates
for himself, instead of studying
the results obtained bv others.
are now 111 vnm
the student in boionv read about
the involutions of otheis,
heard a leciure and looked at
a few of the results of his in-
structors work. Now he is put
into the laboratory to do his own
investi-ntimr and to make his
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dent of hUorv 5s now sent to
the original sources of infornin-.0
lion, there to draw his own con-
elusions, instead of reading
what some one else has drawn
Professor C. C. Lamjdell, of
Harvard Law School, was the
first lo armlv the method 10 the
study of law. The system lie '
Hurocuctra ai nau, wiutn u
commonly known as the "case
system," has been the subject of
a gjeat deal of criticism by those
wl-in 3rt 3ii nTu3rsi:iH si. liui li
has spread from one place to
another in spite or criticism and.
it has not only tjreatlv modified
other systems till Ihev have
come to differ from it cliiefiy in
iiamo, but it has even intrenched
itself in the stronghold of its
Professor LangdelFs method
is not a stereotyped one, Jnst
as each teacher of science has
U, aneftods in U, bw
lory, so each instructor at Har-
vard has his individual way of
handling his class. But all pro -
ceed tun the general plan of put-
tinlpn'he student lo wrk upon u
te leidinc "Cses ou each topic,
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adejinghim to drsnvihe prin-
IJIRDm tlie cases with lilae
4i$sitanoe 'Oi lectures and ex
plauataons and discussion in the
rQcattftion room. Text books are
mat used,, Oilen durirjg the reci
tation n1)e instructor refers to one
or more passages in the text
books bearing u llic point in
question. But there is up for
i;mal stud7 of any lexl book.
Tel books, are treely used h
ihe students, but not as a rule
till after the cases have been
discussed 303 the lectusv oom. J
. ir this waitHie lmoks produce a'
much belier and move lusting
impression, as I can testify
The student quickly learns at
H'vard how to use cases; how
u criticise them and how to
judge them. He learns the value
'U1 usos o1 loxl hooks. The
class at Harvard law school :s u!
mu? seminar. The instructor!
n"d class join in a free informal,
Hussion of the cases and the
points of law involved. Some-I
instructor sums up the
uw of the discussion in a
short oral lecture. At other
l" h class Jo some
or case where the princi-
pies are further examined. The
work of the student is almost
oxacilv what he is conmelled to
do hen he comes xo the bar. bedside during his closing hours.
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one at tne oar nun its 01 1
cuing a text uook to a coun.'.uiu,-vuamuy. "
with rare exceptions) or of re-
lying on the statements of a text'
book. The best of text books
are used by the practicing law
yer only to show him where to
find the cases and to help him
understand them. It seems
M.rtSc muccu uuu im- wu
, would not think of using a text
book m their daily practice,
j should direct students to put
I ibpir wlinlo imsi in ijwn.
The aim of the Harvard meih -
od is not only to leach the prin-
ciplcs of the law, but to teach
the student to think and reason
in the legal way and to prepare
him for the kind of work that he
must constantly do at the bar.
To the objection usually made to
the system, namely, that it pro
duces mere case-lawyers," it
would be enough to point to the'
. . .
.eual nob. But Ae priplc
must be derived ultimately from
the cases. The question is. shall
l the student merely read what 1
i some one has said about the,
LK( sr clifill Juv 1iif1v "tin isa;4fi
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.taecisesvesr J-ora vojsc an-
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sweren mils lonii iro: -vi
st teterc tonics num sccteri
Professor Langdell'. method
is now in use at Columbia where
ihe Dwight method originated.
It is in use to oome exteni'in
England and has produced there
a volume of case- on contract !
bv a Cambridge teadher of the
law. liven so zealous au adher-
nt f the Dwight method as
Profes&nr Chase, formerly of
Columbia, has brought out a
volume of casas.
1 speak of all the objections
which are commonly made to
this method of teaching law
would take no little space. The
time for defending il has passed.
'The lubotaiory method has jus-
tilled itself in every department
in'which it has been tried not
least, in the law.
Brady Gilbert Mosher, "96,
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"-" m i.vpuuiu .ever ,. ouuoay
night, Nov. 1 91b, at the residence
ot Mr, Chappeli. 1805 R street.
He suffered patiently for over
x xeka and died, as he had
lived, steadfast in the Christian!
hope. His father, mother, and!
other- relatives watched at his!
iyl .....,.. v.n ... ,u:m,
having Siekt poMtions ot trust in
his chtss, he was a prominent
member o1 the Union Literary resigned from the battalion:
socSet. a leader in Athletics, First Lieutenants Sawyer, John
and an active member in the Y. son ana Babcock. and" Sarceant
" C. A.
j Thcjheinains were taken to Ids
' ucsdny afternoon, they were
j.mterrea win me most toucning
1 Mosher was well known at
'the University and loved by all
who knew him. He leaves a
host of warm friends to mourn
"s untimely death.
Resolutions of condolence
were passed by the various or-
ganizations of which the de
ceased was a member.
loe Mallalieu visited in Kear-
i v.t rtwr Qnfiq
i Miss Ora Howard spent last
1 Sunday at her home in Edgar,
B. C. Coke n, '95, came overi
friiii FroTnniiii in a1.tinrl lti
i oiimii ;int-.
t ,n. r :i n i
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George Rj&ser was initiated
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into tile bjgma Chi fraternity
n . r- -j .
lant Fndav nijjJit.
Mu Joy Webster ws out of
school a few davs last week on
, 4 -n
account ai lilness.
Miss Anne Wilder entertains
at the home of Prof. Bessey
( The Union musical will be
, held in Union hall on Friday
evening, December 15.
Mr. B, W. Wilson has been
compelled to miss recitations for
a few days past owing to illness.
Miss I-ottie Whedon will
entertain her friends with a
dancing party next Friday even
ing. Dr. White, the instructor in
chcuiiliv, who takes Dr, Frank
furter's place, cones from Johns
The Delta Gammas initiated
Miss Mable Ricketts last Friday
evening "at the home of Miss
Best place to buy Holiday
Goods is at Herpolsheimer &
Co.'s, who retail .hese goods at
For Lowest Prices on Dress
Goods, Cloaks, bhoes. Millinery,
ln 1-Tnrr.1bliniTVm X PVk lliAVt
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The following officers have
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evefV aftcrnoon afler 3 p m.
vye"must Jiave m(m. etlure
are too full for
The monotony ofrechatu in
the Geology class Is frequently
varied bja lecture by Prof.
mainour, imistratett witu stere:
-Drummers' Samples" of
cnsiJIT1ere, wool or silk mittens,
Fasnat0rs3. ice wool shawls at
wliolesale prices a't the Racket,
1016 P street.
manager veaxjr is aesirous
are going to Omaha Thanksgiv-
The Universitv ought lo
send up 400.
1 1, fArlnH mAir K.trnlflft
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J cluss has taken o HernM; asd
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Dorothea." and are studying it
not only as a drill in German, but
as a masterpiece in literature.
A Tl,-5 1 . m i -o 3,fx44ln , ifj-- r
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note paper. 6 sheets for :c, box
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paper, 4c. Ink. 4c bottle, ink
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tablets, 4c, 3 or 10c, at the
J 10fcket ioj6 p e
1 P"1 iJcha beta entertained
at their hall last Saturday night.
About fortv were present. The
evening Was spent in dancin
aild other amusements. Jest
and youthful jollity made the
J hour for gqin- liome come all
I too "soon. ' "
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