Dean Grace Hays Riley
1926-1943

Dean Riley Photo Gallery

The following information addresses the institutional details during her two terms as Dean.

Location of the Law School
June 10, 1925: WCL moves to 2000 G Street, NW; 5 classrooms (3 with capacity for 100 students).
Library, offices, faculty room, tea room, and student lounge

Number of students
1927: 278 students part-time, 91 women, 187 men
1936: 533 students from 46 states, 69 Day Division, 464 part-time

Faculty & staff
1929: 26 professors/lecturers
1939: 4 full-time professors added to meet ABA requirements; 41 part-time professors

Admissions
1926: High School diploma
1939: ABA requirement adopted: 2 years of college credit (60 credit hours)

Degrees granted
1927: 43 LL.B., 4 LL.M., 18 M.P.L.
1939: 137 degrees total, 31 women, 106 men
1941: LL.M., M.P.L. programs discontinued

Charter, incorporation, merger
1938: WCL Charter amended, giving WCL general degree-granting powers

Library
1929: Helen E. Jamison, LL.M., becomes law librarian
1932: Library Endowment Fund established
New library at 2000 G Street, N.W., completed to ABA requirements-11,000+ volumes
1939: Rebecca Love Notz, A.B., LL.B., becomes law librarian

Student Publications
The College Grit, student newspaper
The Brief, WCL yearbook
1941: Last issue of The College Grit published
1941-42: Law School Newsletter published

Curriculum
September 1929: Day Division added (9:10am-12noon, M-F)
1940: First-year students take: Contracts, 5 hrs.; Torts, 4 hrs.; Personal Property, 3 hrs.; Domestic Relations, 2 hrs.; Criminal Law and Procedures, 3 hrs.; Procedure, 2 hrs.; Agency and Partnership, 3 hrs.

ABA/AALS
1939: ABA standards adopted
May 14, 1940: ABA approval granted

Tuition & Miscellaneous
1927: Emma M. Gillett dies
Tuition $180/year, Day Division; $140/year, Evening Division


- 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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