Legal Education in Virginia 1779-1979: A Biographical Approach

William Hamilton Bryson, University of Richmond


This work includes sketches of all deceased law teachers in Virginia from George Wythe, who first started teaching law in 1779, to those who died before the beginning of 1979, the bicentennial of Wythe's professorship. Those still living are thus excluded. Included, however, are all those who were in charge of a law course. The range of those included in this book thus covers not only those teachers who, like Wythe, taught alone the entire law curriculum of their schools but also those part-time teachers of the modern period who taught a single course for a single academic term. It is hoped that these biographical sketches will help to illuminate the history of legal education by introducing to the reader those personalities who did the teaching.