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In the February number of the AMERICAN LAW REGISTER, there appeared an interesting article from the pen of Mr. Henry Budd, discussing the relation of law schools to legal education. The motive which inspired the writing of the article, was a commendable one, and the desire of the writer to have a higher standard established, governing admissions to the bar, will be quite generally concurred in. No one could read the article in question, however, without readily perceiving that the law schools of the United States were considered to be, in large measure, responsible for the admission to the bar of men "scantily prepared for the work of their profession and in many cases not even so sufficiently equipped, as to be able to acquire that learning, which in many eases is necessarily postponed until after the technically called studentship, has come to an end, not understanding thoroughly the foundations of the law." It is evidently the impression of the writer that a law school is, on the whole, a pretty poor place for one who really wants to know the law, and that the present system of acquiring a legal education, is far inferior to that of former times, to "the old Ameri- can system of legal education," when "the centre of instruction was the office of the preceptor."