The Founding of Fordham Law School

Robert J. Kaczorowski

in Fordham University School of Law

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780823239559
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823239597 | DOI:
The Founding of Fordham Law School

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Chapter 1 explains the founding of Fordham Law School in 1905 as part of the social history of American Catholic immigrants and their children, the history of Catholic higher education, and the intellectual history of legal education. From its founding, the Fordham Law School was distinguished in offering an elite legal education taught by an elite faculty using the most advanced teaching method, the Harvard Langdellian case method. Its curriculum also was unique in that it required instruction in legal ethics and the philosophy of law. While he served as the Law School’s first dean, Paul Fuller was a senior partner in the first and most important contemporary U.S. international law firm, Coudert Brothers, and served as adviser and personal emissary in Latin American affairs for President Woodrow Wilson.

Keywords: Dean Paul Fuller; Father Terence J. Shealy, S.J.; Professor William Keener; Langdellian case method; legal education; bar admission standards; law school admission standards; law school curriculum; legal ethics; jurisprudence.

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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