Langdell, Christopher Columbus

born May 22, 1826, New Boston, N.H., U.S.
died July 6, 1906, Cambridge, Mass.

U.S. legal educator.

He studied law at Harvard (1851–54) and practiced in New York City until 1870, when he accepted a professorship and then the deanship at Harvard Law School (1870–95). His case method of teaching law, in which students read and discussed original authorities and derived for themselves the principles of the law, eventually became dominant in U.S. law schools. His Selection of Cases on the Law of Contracts (1871) was the first case-method textbook.

* * *

▪ American educator
born May 22, 1826, New Boston, N.H., U.S.
died July 6, 1906, Cambridge, Mass.

      American educator, dean of the Harvard Law School (1870–95), who originated the case method of teaching law.

      Langdell studied law at Harvard (1851–54) and practiced in New York City until 1870, when he accepted a professorship and then the deanship of the Harvard Law School. American legal education at that time was a leisurely process, with no examinations or fixed requirements for the bachelor of laws (LL.B.) degree. Langdell raised the law program to university standards by instituting a regular progression of mandatory courses and tests. Later he devised the case method, so that students might read and discuss original authorities and derive for themselves the principles of the law.

      A book by Langdell, Selection of Cases on the Law of Contracts (1871), was the first case-method text. Most of the early casebooks, however, were edited by James Barr Ames (1846–1910), a law professor at Harvard from 1873 and Langdell's successor as dean. Eventually the method became universal in American law schools.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Langdell, Christopher Columbus — (22 may. 1826, New Boston, N.H., EE.UU.–6 jul. 1906, Cambridge, Mass.). Educador jurídico estadounidense. Estudió derecho en Harvard (1851–54) y ejerció en Nueva York hasta 1870, cuando aceptó una cátedra y luego el decanato en la escuela de… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Christopher Columbus Langdell — (May 22, 1826 July 6, 1906), American jurist, was born in the town of New Boston, New Hampshire, of English and Scots Irish ancestry. Langdell s core legacy is his influence on the legal education. Before Langdell s tenure, the study of law was a …   Wikipedia

  • Christopher Columbus (disambiguation) — Christopher Columbus was an explorer for Spain born in Genoa (now in Italy) Christopher Columbus may also refer to: Christopher Columbus Langdell, Dean of Harvard Law School Christopher Columbus Andrews, American soldier, diplomat and author… …   Wikipedia

  • Columbus — /keuh lum beuhs/, n. 1. Christopher (Sp. Cristóbal Colón; It. Cristoforo Colombo), 1446? 1506, Italian navigator in Spanish service: traditionally considered the discoverer of America 1492. 2. a city in and the capital of Ohio, in the central… …   Universalium

  • Christopher — /kris teuh feuhr/, n. 1. Saint, died A.D. c250, Christian martyr. 2. a male given name: from a Greek word meaning Christ bearer. * * * (as used in expressions) Burckhardt Jacob Christopher Christopher Carson Christopher Saint Columbus Christopher …   Universalium

  • Christopher — (as used in expressions) Burckhardt, Jacob (Christopher) Christopher Carson Fry, Christopher Christopher Harris Handy, W(illiam) C(hristopher) Isherwood, Christopher Christopher William Bradshaw Langdell, Christopher Columbus Christopher Murray… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Langdell Hall — is the largest building on the campus of Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is home to the school s library, the largest academic law library in the world, and is named for pioneering law school dean Christopher Columbus Langdell …   Wikipedia

  • Dean of Harvard Law School — Incumbent Martha Minow since July …   Wikipedia

  • legal education — Introduction       preparation for the practice of law. Instruction in law has been offered in universities since medieval times, but, since the advent of university based law schools in the 18th and 19th centuries, legal education has faced the… …   Universalium

  • Harvard Law School — Established 1636 School type Private Endowment US$1.7 billion Parent endowment $26 billion Dean …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.