It was once thought that a lawyer's vocation was chiefly to serve his clients, so that he might bring fame and fortune to himself. The profession of law was considered only a means of livelihood, merely more difficult than clerking and more remunerative, sometimes, than carpentry. To require study for the law was thought an unfair preclusion of embryo breadwinners from an adventure with that particular occupation. Fortunately, the public mind has changed; the practice of law is no longer only a means of livelihood, but has become an important agency in promoting civilization. Some one has likened law to the shining track along which the machinery of civilization moves forward. The smoothness and direction of that movement depends in large part upon the ability of the legal profession. Society thereby acquires a very pertinent interest in legal education.
Waite, John B. (1912-1951). "Pre-Legal Education." Mich. Alumnus 25, no. 4 (1919): 237-43.