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.AW QUAD RANG LE
several occasions during that year the Detroit Weekly
Tribune carried the advertisement of the opening of the
law department of the University of Michigan. It read,
ENTRANCE TO LAWYERS CLUB
were made from time to time, and in 1826, Con-
gress increased its appropriation to a.n amount of
land sufficient to make up two townships, . . . The
original charter was modified in 18213 andin 1837
it was remodeled again. . . . The act of 1837 pro-
vided more specifically than the previous statutes
for the organization of three separate Depart-
ments, one of which was to be a Law Department.
The course extends through a period of two years,
each term commencing the first of October, and
closing the last week in March following.
Students may enter at any time,but are strongly
advised to enter at the commencement of the
The charges are 3510 Matriculation fee, and
S5 annually for incidentals.
The Board of Regents confidently expect, from
the eminence and practical skill of the pro-
fessors, the trifling amount of the charges, and
the fine spirit with which the establishment of
the Department seems to be everywhere greeted
by the public-that the Law Department will at
once take position with the older Institutions of
Two years after the speech, the 24 members of the
first graduating class bid farewell to their three pro-
fessors and sallied forth into practice, perhaps a little
disconcerted by the Honorable I. P.Christiancy's address:
Case lawyers are like pilots unskilled in the
science of navigation, who succeed well enough
while they hug the coast and keep the heacllands
in view, but are always in danger of being lost
when they are driven beyond the sight of land.
While he whose mind is well storedwiththe prin-
ciples and reasons of the law-who, when a
question is presented, instead of seeking first for
a case, recurs at once to his own internal re-
sources, determines what, upon principle, the law
must be, and resorts to cases only for illustration
and proof-such aman is ready for any emergency,
and is never disconcerted when his case suddenly
Upon reaching Ann Arbor October 3, 1859, the 92
law students listened to the Honorable James V. Campbell
describe the events leading to the founding of the depart-
In 1817, an act was passed by the Governor and
assumes a new phase. He finds, in the resources
of his own mind, compass and quadrant,chart and
chronometer, calculates his place, takes boldly to
the open sea, and strikes directly forhis destina-
Judges. . .for the incorporation of the Catho-
lepistemiad, or University of Michigania-an act
containing provisions for organizing many dida-
xiae, or professorships, under very uncouth
names, and disfigured by a barbarous pedantery
which has brought ridicule upon thewhole scheme.
There was , however, nothing ridiculous in the sub-
stance of this law, which was not only a compre-
hensive and enlightened plan for a University. . .but
was, in many respects, in advance ofthe times . . .
. . .In the same year inwhich this law was adopted,
an appropriation was made of certain lands to the
new University, by an Indian treaty,the chiefs who
made it anticipating that some of their young men
might desire a college education. Other donations
Enrollment increased to 956 to 1906,but fell off sharply
in the following years because of the school's Stiffening
admissions and examination policies. Nevertheless, grad-
uation from high school was not made an admissions re-
quirement until 1912, and a college or university diploma
became necessary only in 1958. The deluge of returning
servicemen in 1945-46 finally pushed enrollment past the
1906 level. At the present time, 1008 students attend
the Law School, alternately wheedled, cajoled, and blud-
geoned by 56 faculty members.
The interaction of these 1064 individuals over the past
three years went largely unrecorded in the ponderous body
of the law, but whatever discoveries were made here will
not be lost on the future. Hopefully, they will reflect the
foresight of leaders, the good sense of followers.
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William Wilson Cook, a ninth generation descendant of
the famous William Bradford, governor of the Plymouth
colony, was born in Hillsdale, Michigan on April 16,
1858. He entered the University of Michigan in 1876, grad-
uated in 1880, and graduated from Law School in 1882. He
was admitted to the New York Bar in 1883 and rapidly
became one of its most respected members. He retired
from practice in 1921 and died June4, 1930 at Port Chester,
Not only was he the University's greatestprivate bene-
factor, but he was also a prolific writer. His best known
work is Cook on Corporations, which has had over eight
editions. In 1924, he published Principles of Corporation
Law for the benefit of law students. Indicative of his wide
range of interests were two other books, Power and Re-
gponsibility of the American Bar and American Institutions
and Their Preservation.
His gifts to the University during his lifetime and under
his will total nearly P616,000,000. His most widely known
gift, of course, is the Law Quadrangle, but he also donated
the Martha Cook dormitory for women, which was named
in honor of his mother. Ofhis other benefactions, perhaps
the most outstanding was the establishment of a trust fund
of S200,000 to found a chair in American Institutions at the
He was, and is, a man to whom we are all deeply
BUILDINGS AND WILL
Mr. Cook first evidenced an interest in contributingto
the Law School in 1908 when he informed Dean Hutchins
that he had provided in his will a fund for the salary of
a professor of corporation law. Twelve years of corres-
pondence followed between Dean Bates, President Hutchins,
and Mr. Cook, culminating in the presentation to Mr. Cook
of a plan to erect a Law School building and a dormitory.
Dean Bates was summoned to New York by Mr. Cook, and,
after three days of discussion, they agreed to afour-
building complex, the plans of which became a part of
Mr. Cook's subsequent will.
By 1922, Mr. Cook hadwisely developedadeep convic-
tion that the strength of a law school lies in its research
facilities, and, upon the erection of the Lawyers Club in
1925, he stipulated that all dues andprofits from the opera-
tion of the building were to be used exclusively for legal
research work. ln a letter to the Board of Regents in
1929, he offered to erect the Legal Research Building: a
few months later, he wrote of his plans to build the dormi-
tory which now stands on the East side of the Law Quadran-
gle. The construction costs of each of the original four
buildings was as follows:
Lawyers Club, 5B1,144,086g John P. Cook Building,
855017693 Legal Research Building, S1,600,830g and Hut-
chins Hall, S1,191,074. Final value, including equipment
and books, as of 1956 was S8,643,370.
By his will, he established a trust and directed that
the net income "be devoted. . .to aiding and developing
the Law School of the University of Michigan." Specifi-
cally he provided for the completion of the initial four
buildings, for the construction of any others deemed
necessary, for the establishment of a department to or-
ganize the branches of law into an intelligable form, to
prepare legal articles, to pay salaries of research pro-
fessors and assistant, to pay the expenses of the Re-
search Department, to purchase books for the Law Li-
brary, to engage eminent jurists and lawyers to deliver
lectures at Ann Arbor, to increase salaries of Law pro-
fessors, to establish new law professorships and fellow-
ships, and to aid the Law School in any way possible in
order to produce superior lawyers, judges, legislators,
A truly magnificent giftg it is somehow tragic that
he never lived to see the functioningbeauty he had created.
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