During the later years of the last century the writing about law began to undergo a profound change. Generally speaking, prior to the period indicated it had been largely a statement of what the law was supposed to be as found in legislation and, in Anglo-American countries particularly, in the decisions and opinions of courts. Relatively, it was dogmatic, technical, often too general to be of much use in particular cases and gave a very imperfect picture of the law as actually administered.
Henry M. Bates,
THE STORY OF A COUNTY PROSECUTOR: A REVIEW,
Mich. L. Rev.
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