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Alexandria Gazette (Sept. 16, 1966)


WILLIAMSBURG (AP)-- William and Mary's claim to have the oldest law school in the nation has been upheld following a mild furor stemming from a citation awarded a former Connecticut law school.

The citation, awarded by the National Park Service, had designated the former Litchfield, Conn. institution as "Tapping Reeve's Law School, the first in the United States . . ."

William and Mary, home of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, protested the wording and succeeded in getting the park service to revise the citation.

"Tapping Reeve's proprietory law school, the first in the United States not associated with a college or university . . ." the citation now reads.

William and Mary dean, Dr. W. Melville Jones, says he "deeply appreciated" the action by the park service.


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