A collection of documents pertaining to or written about the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary. More information about the history of the Law School, as well as its digitized archives, is available here.

Publications from 1779

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At a convocation of the visitors of the college of William and Mary, on the 4th day of December 1779, a statute was passed, of which the following is an extract, College of William & Mary
(The Virginia Gazette, December 18, 1779, at 1)

Publications from 1792

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Plan for Conferring Degrees on the Students of Law in the University of William and Mary (ca. 1792), St. George Tucker

Publications from 1813

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Resolution by William and Mary students in Regard to the Death of William Nelson, Professor of Law
(Enquirer, March 19, 1813, at 3)

Publications from 1835

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Professor Beverley Tucker's Valedictory Address to his Class, N. Beverley Tucker
(1 Southern Literary Messenger 597-602 (1835))

Publications from 1847

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Judge Tucker's Address, N. Beverley Tucker
(13 Southern Literary Messenger 568-570 (September 1847))

Publications from 1920

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Special School Endowments: Marshall-Wythe School of Government and Citizenship, College of William & Mary
(The Romance and Renaissance of the College of William and Mary in Virginia 30-31 (1920))

Publications from 1921

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William and Mary's Pioneer American Law School, Robert M. Hughes
(American Bar Association Journal (June 1921))

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The Honorable George Wythe: Teacher, Lawyer, Jurist, Statesman; an Address Delivered Before the Wythe Law Club of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Dec. 18, 1921, Oscar Lane Shewmake

Publications from 1922

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The Marshall-Wythe School of Government and Citizenship, College of William & Mary

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The Opening of the Marshall Wythe School, College of William & Mary

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William and Mary, The First American Law School, Robert M. Hughes
(2 William and Mary College Quarterly 2nd 40-48 (1922))

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American Constitutional Government, Alton B. Parker
(Congressional Record (May 12, 1922))

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William and Mary Citizenship Creed, William & Mary Law School

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William and Mary Citizenship Creed, 3rd Edition, William & Mary Law School

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William & Mary Citizenship Creed, 2 ed., William & Mary Law School

Publications from 1929

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One Hundred Fiftieth Anniversary of the Foundation of The First Law School in America: Taught by Chancellor George Wythe, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Member of the Federal Constitutional Convention and Preceptor of Marshall, Jefferson, Monroe and Clay, Julian Alvin Carroll Chandler and John Garland Pollard

Publications from 1931

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More Anent the First Law School, Theodore S. Cox and Robert M. Hughes
(The Law Student 13-15 (October 1931))

Publications from 1934

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William And Mary's School Of Jurisprudence Now Has Full Faculty And Library, Editors of the Daily Press
(Daily Press (July 1, 1934))

Publications from 1940

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Law at William and Mary, Theodore S. Cox
(8 The Alumni Gazette (The College of William and Mary in Virginia) 6-7, 22-24 (December 1940))

Publications from 1954

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Descendants of John Marshall Gather to Honor Great Jurist, Charles K. Marshall
(The Virginian-Pilot (September 1954))

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Jurists of Britain, America Pay Homage To Predecessors At William-Mary Ceremonies, Robert C. Smith
(The Virginian-Pilot (September 26, 1954))

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Marshall-Wythe Blackstone Commemoration Ceremonies: The Rededication of The Anglo-American Bench and Bar To Its Traditions of Representative Constitutional Government, William & Mary Law School

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Short History of the Marshall Wythe School of Law, Dudley Warner Woodbridge

Publications from 1960

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One Hundred Eightieth Anniversary Feature: William and Mary: America's First Law School, Fred B. Devitt Jr.

Publications from 1966

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1966 Debate Over the First Law School in America, College of William & Mary

Publications from 1967

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America's First Law Schools: Significance or Chauvinism?, William F. Swindler
(41 Connecticut Bar Journal 1-15 (1967))

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John Marshall's Preparation for the Bar -- Some Observations on His Law Notes, William F. Swindler
(11 American Journal of Legal History 207-213 (1967))

Publications from 1969

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Ceremonies Marking the Completion of the Remodeling of the Law School Facilities, William & Mary Law School

Publications from 1970

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Law in America's Service: From 1779 to the Present, William & Mary Law School

Publications from 1974

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New Building Called Cure for W&M Law School Ills, Wilford Kale
(Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-2 (Dec. 4, 1974))

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W&M Law School Dean Hails ‘Tremendous Boost’, Richmond Times-Dispatch
(Richmond Times-Dispatch at A-6 (January 10, 1974))

Publications from 1975

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Plans for Legal Center at W&M Unveiled, Richmond Times-Dispatch
(Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-4 (Jan. 31, 1975))

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Law School to Be Quartered in New Complex, William F. Swindler
(The Legal Advertiser (January 23, 1975))

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Building Only Option, W&M Informs ABA, Times-Dispatch State Staff
(Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-1 (December 9, 1975))

Publications from 1976

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W&M's Law School Accredited, For Now
(Richmond Times-Dispatch at C-1, C-6 (July 8, 1976))

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No Hint Is Given On School, Wilford Kale
(Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-1 (May 14, 1976))

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W&M Law School Due Hearing May 13, Wilford Kale
(Richmond Times-Dispatch at B-1, B-8 (April 30, 1976))

Publications from 1978

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Construction has Begun, William B. Spong Jr.
(8 Colonial Lawyer 19 (1978))

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William and Mary Marks Bicentennial of Its First Chair of Law, William F. Swindler
(64 American Bar Association Journal 1872-1877 (Decemer 1978))

Publications from 1979

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The History of Legal Education in Virginia, W. Hamilton Bryson
(14 University of Richmond Law Review 155-210 (1979))

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Bicentennial of American Legal Education, 1779-1979, College of William & Mary

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Law School Passed Trials of War, Funds, Public Apathy, Wilford Kale
(Richmond Times-Dispatch at G-1, G-2 (April 29, 1979))

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New Law Building Construction Progresses, William B. Spong Jr.
(9 Colonial Lawyer 2-3 (1979))

Publications from 1980

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Dedication of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, William & Mary Law School

Publications from 1981

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Another Chapter in the History of Marshall-Wythe, William F. Swindler
(11 Colonial Lawyer 16-18 (1981))

Publications from 1983

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How a Small Band of Students Saved the Law School, Roy William Arthur
(1983 Annual Report of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law 8-9)

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The Highest Aim, Lisa Heuval
(1983 Annual Report of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law 5-8)

Publications from 1990

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The Revolutionary Idea of University Legal Education, Paul D. Carrington
(31 William and Mary Law Review 527-574 (1990))

Publications from 1992

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The Inauguration of Timothy J. Sullivan (October 16, 1992), College of William & Mary

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In Celebration of the Bicentennial of America's First Bachelor of Law Degree Recipient, William Cabell, William & Mary LB, 1793, Susan L. Trask
(1992 William & Mary Lawyer 6-10)

Publications from 1993

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Remembering Jefferson, Paul D. Carrington

Publications from 1996

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America's First Law School Library: A History of the College of William and Mary's Marshall-Wythe Law Library, 1779-1995, James S. Heller
(Law Librarianship: Historical Perspectives 43-76 (Laura N. Gasaway & Michael G. Chiorazzi eds., 1996))

Publications from 1999

State of the Law School Address, W. Taylor Reveley

Publications from 2000

State of the Law School Address, W. Taylor Reveley

Remarks by William H. Rehnquist at the College of William & Mary, W. Taylor Reveley III and William H. Rehnquist

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Dedication of the Statues of John Marshall & George Wythe, William & Mary Law School

Publications from 2001

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The Jeffersonian Vision of Legal Education, Davison M. Douglas
(51 Journal of Legal Education 185-211 (2001))

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America's First – William & Mary Law School, Megan Rhyne
(William & Mary Society of the Alumni Magazine 30-341 (Winter 2010))

Publications from 2002

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Dedication of the North Wing Marshall-Wythe School of Law, William & Mary Law School

Publications from 2006

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The Story of Members of the Law School Classes of 1939-1940 Marshall-Wythe School of Jurisprudence and Their Campus Friends, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia: How Their Organized Effort Saved the Law School, Harold M. Gouldman Jr.

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Invitation to the Dedication of the Timothy J. Sullivan Classroom (November 17, 2006), William & Mary Law School

Publications from 2007

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The Dedication of The Wolf Law Library, William & Mary Law School

Publications from 2010

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Jefferson's Vision Fulfilled: The Nation's Oldest Law School Celebrates 230 Years of Educating Citizen Lawyers, Davison M. Douglas
(William & Mary Alumni Magazine 48-51 (Winter 2010))

Publications from 2013

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W&M Law School gets Expansion OK: Improvements will cost $14 million, Taryn Rothstein
(The Virginia Gazette, February 9, 2013 at 3A)