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The present continues to be a period of rapid and interesting development in legal education. The criticisms to which the law and its administration by courts and lawyers have been subjected during the last few years very naturally and properly has led to a careful reconsideration of existing methods of legal instruction in the hope that they might perhaps be improved. The truth is that scientific legal education, comparatively speaking, is still in its infancy both in England and in the United States. Instruction in law of the dogmatic and supposedly purely practical kind has long been carried on efficiently in both countries, but until quite recently it has been for the most part of that rigid and uninspiring kind which led Maitland, the famous English legal scholar to say that "Taught law is tough law." But during the last few years the better law schools have been active in inaugurating and developing a plan of legal instruction which shall be philosophical as well as practical and which shall therefore train their students in such manner as to make them more disposed and better able to adapt law to the changing conditions and requirements of contemporary society.