Dean Ellen Spencer Mussey

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1898-1907

Ellen Spencer Mussey
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The following information relates to the School from 1898 to 1914.

Locations of the Law School

1896

Mrs. Mussey's office, 470 Louisiana Avenue, N.W.

1898

627 E Street, N.W.

1900

Ms. Gillett's law office, Le Droit Building, 8th and F Streets, N.W.

1902

1403 New York Avenue, N.W.

1906

1319 New York Avenue, N.W.

1909

1317-1319 New York Avenue, N.W.

Number of students
1896: 3 women part-time
1897: 9 women part-time
1898: First male student enrolled
1905: Women from Uruguay graduates

Faculty & staff
1896: 3 professors
1898: 6 professors/lecturers part-time only

Admissions
1897: Catalogue: "�18 years of age, of good moral character, and must pass a satisfactory exam in English�"

Degrees granted
1899: 6 women, LL.B.
1900: LL.M. offered for the first time

Charter, incorporation, merger
February 1, 1896: The Woman's Law Class
April 2, 1898: Incorporated as the Washington College of Law

Library
1907: First mention of a WCL Library (donated by a faculty member)

Curriculum
Course of study: 3 years part-time, evenings only; approximately fifteen subjects total

Tuition & Miscellaneous
1897: $40/eight-month year
1903: Alumni Association offers scholarships to women


1908-1914

Location of the Law School
1909: Chesley Building, 1317-1319 New York Avenue, NW
1939: 4 full-time professors added to meet ABA requirements; 41 part-time professors

Number of students
1908: 55 students part-time
1913: 128 students part-time

Faculty & staff
1908: 11 faculty members; 14 lecturers part-time

Admissions
1908: High School diploma required

Degrees granted
1909: First time more male than female, 10 men, 6 women

Curriculum
1908: Parliamentary Law course introduced

Tuition & Miscellaneous
1908: $50/year
1913: $60/year


- Timeline Brochure: Washington College of Law in Celebration of its Centennial: Facts and Events 1896-1996. Compiled by Karen Monroe, '82; Audrey Pia, '84; Di Horvath '86; Lisa Longo, '88; Susan Notar, '90; Melissa McGill, '94; Lycia Watts, '96; under directio of Dr. Paul Purta, Consultant and former Associate Dean for Institutional Advancement.

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