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Professor Cooley’s counsel to the gentlemen departing the Law Department: “To those of you who are about to bear away from this institution the certificate of its approbation, I have a few words to say in response to what I understand to be your desire, that my last address should be devoted to such hints of a practical character as may be of service to you in your professional career. The transition from the life of a student to that of a practicing lawyer is so great that it is not possible for one to be too well prepared by such aid as he may obtain from the experience of others ….”


"Delivered Thursday, March 24, 1870"