For The Record

When the law school opened in 1870, three faculty taught 30 students. Today, 58 faculty members and 36 adjunct professors, with the support of 39 staff members, educate 392 students.

While students of color weren’t represented early on, they made up 23% of the most recent incoming class, the most racially diverse class in the law school’s history. When the first woman graduated in 1923, she and a fellow female student accounted for 4% of the student body. Women constitute more than half of the student population today.

What law students study has also undergone significant evolution.

“The 1920 curriculum was almost entirely focused on private law,” said Jack Preis, associate dean of academics. “Today’s required courses in constitutional law, administrative law, and legislation reflect the fact that since the New Deal in the 1930s, government plays a much larger role in daily life than it did at the turn of the 20th century.

“Law schools came to see lawyers not just as private professionals like dentists and accountants, but as a type of statesman.”