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We hear on all sides complaints of the increasing mass of printed Reports and text-books, which it is said the lawyer must find some means of mastering, but which no life is long enough to read. The young lawyer, as he scans the dreary catalogues, and wonders what Croesus can buy or what brain can learn all this lore, is sorely puzzled what books to choose from the thousands that have found printers. And when a few years of practice have shown him how small a share of these books have done any good in the world, he is forced to consider, whether the evil can not in some way be removed. The remedy has not yet been found, and perhaps may not be, unless some great convulsion should come, which shall destroy laws altogether. This is not the relief we desire.
It may be that one reason why we find no remedy is because we have no clear idea of the mischief. And while it may need some greater pressure, and some intolerable grievance, to make any of us see the true condition of affairs, I have thought it could do no harm than to spend this hour in making some suggestions on the subject.
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Campbell, James V. Law Abridgment: Closing Address Delivered Before the Graduating Law Class of the University of Michigan, March 30, 1879. Ann Arbor, MI: S.C. Andrews, 1879.