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Excerpt from book: SEMINARY METHODS OF LEGAL INSTRUCTION IN THE GERMAN UNIVERSITIES.1 By ERNEST G. LORENZEN, Pn.B., LL.B., J.U.D., Professor of Law. A consideration of the seminary methods of instruction is of particular importance at the present moment. Our Departments of Politics and Diplomacy and of Law and Jurisprudence are entering upon a new period of life. Hitherto united, each is to lead an independent existence. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy will henceforth be given in the Department of Politics and Diplomacy and the degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence in the Department of Law and Jurisprudence. The introduction into the Department of Politics and Diplomacy of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy—long the emblem of high attainment in the realm of political science—will require only a careful patterning after the methods of instruction now in vogue in the leading institutions of this country. In the organization of our post-graduate Department of Law we look in vain for a precise precedent . The need of higher legal instruction, which shall be broader and deeper than that given in the ordinary law course, has not yet been generally recognized. Our best law schools content themselves with teaching the main principles of some branches of our law, most useful to the practitioner, and the method of extracting legal principles from decided cases, and the danger exists that the rapid increase in the volume of our ease law will tend to narrow still further the scope of the law-school curriculum. That our law is in need of reform is admitted on all sides. The doctrine of stare decisis is threatening to crush us today under the weight of countless and conflicting judicial decisions and to bury all legal principles in an ever varying maze of facts. What the remedy will be, nobody as yet...   show more
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