The law department of the University of Michigan has always proceeded upon the theory that the chief function of a law school is to fit men for the practice of the law. An aim to make professional instruction as thoroughly practical as possible is by no means a narrow one, nor is it out of accord with the liberalizing tendencies of university culture. The age is insisting with more and more emphasis that nothing is valuable which is not useful, a doctrine which does not put culture upon a money basis but does insist that all knowledge is but a means to an end. What the end is makes, perhaps, little difference, so long as it is legitimate. But clearly, in order to determine the value of any institution one must first ascertain what use it is designed to serve and how fully it lends itself to that use.
Sunderland, Edson R. "The Practice Court." Mich. Alumnus 9 (1903): 295-9.