In European countries a student is not allowed to undertake the study of law until he has received a degree equivalent to the A. B. degree in American colleges, and the minimum term of study is three years, and in some cases four or even five years are required. With some mortification, we recognize that the profession of law in this country has not approximated this high standard.
Knowlton, Jerome C. "Embarrassments to Legal Education." Mich. L. J. 1, no. 1 (1892): 12-6.