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Thursday, September 22, 2022

New Exhibits Open House: Law Books and the History of Legal Education

All are invited to an open house for two new Law Library exhibits:

When: Wednesday, September 28, from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center (N30, Subplaza level).
Cookies, brownies, bagged snacks and drinks will be available.
"Tools of the Profession" explores the history of legal education through the literature that has profoundly shaped it. From statute books to casebooks, and from treatises to dictionaries, legal literature has developed not only to record the law and aid professionals in practice, but to guide students from the earliest stages of study. The exhibit also showcases the reciprocal nature of legal literature and legal education, through a trove of historical books illustrating transformative developments in legal education over several centuries.
The accompanying exhibit, “Law Books in Legal Education at Minnesota,” drawn from the Law Library’s rich archives, highlights coursebooks, lectures, exam prep material, and early exams that shed light on the history of legal education at Minnesota. Selections from our growing student notebook collection reveal how students engaged with the law through a rigorous, dynamic education.

The exhibits were curated by Ryan Greenwood, Pat Graybill, and Lily Eisenthal.



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