That Law School students with their similarity of work and point of view possess unusual opportunities to from close friendships invaluable in their coming practice, was emphasized by President Lowell in a speech of welcome at the reception to first year law students at Phillips Brooks House last evening. On entering Law School men cross minds with representatives of colleges in all parts of the country, and in the mutual strain of intellectual interest the students will find their most pleasant and profitable society. Another advantage arising from numerous friendships is that the students will later be distributed through many sections of the United States, and each can thus be certain of reliable and capable correspondents in other cities.
The great chance for legal reform open to the coming generation of lawyers, President Lowell asserted, will be not revising our theories of law, but rather developing the administration of law, so that technicalities cannot postpone the dispensation of justice, especially in criminal cases.
Study of Law of National Scope.
Dean E. R. Thayer, of the Law School, pointed out to the new students that while their professional practice will be local, usually limited to a single city, their school work is general or national. The best students make the most of this opportunity to learn the problems of other individuals and communities, and develop their own ideals in discussions with fellow students. Dean Thayer warned the students. Dean Thayer warned the students that they must temporarily forego general broadening influences and their activities, for now is their only purely scientific and theoretical study of legal principles.
The other speakers, A. Beane '11, L. Withington '11, C. B. Ruggs 3L., and B. Wright 3L., discussed respectively the openings for settlement work, the value of the Union to law students, the opportunities for helpful experience in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, and the aims of the Law Review.