Law School Program For Summer Study Renewed for '61
The Law School has announced continuation of a summer program started in 1959 that offers lawyers a chance to return to classes for two weeks. The Program of Instruction for Lawyers, which attracted 307 attorneys in its first session, will hold its second meeting July 17-29 in Cambridge.
The program is comparable to the Nieman Fellowships for journalists and the John Hay Fellowships for teachers, which allow professional men and women a year of free-lance study at the University. It gives a similar opportunity to lawyers, whose work, however, prohibits their taking a full year off. Moreover, the session, unlike the Nieman and Hay projects, offers a definite schedule of courses from which the returning lawyers are recommended to take one or two.
According to William L. Bruce '46, associate director, the program grew out of a conference in December, 1958 in which Bar Association members and law school officials expressed a concern for adequate understanding of the philosophy behind law practice and the responsibility of the profession. The Harvard program will focus on that responsibility and philosophy, in contrast to the "how to do it" courses at other law school summer sessions.
Bruce said that the Law School has urged non-Harvard alumni to join the program of instruction and that about half of 1961 enrollment will be composed of non-graduates of the Law School. Applicants for the summer session have been evenly divided among senior lawyers, those out of law school for 10-20 years, and those out of school less than ten years.
This summer's program will have six courses running daily for two weeks.