Woman's Law Class Black Book

Admittance information for the Woman's Law Class

The following is found pasted into the front cover of the Black Book:

The Women's Law Class
Opened February 1, 1896


Mrs. Ellen Spencer Mussey,
Miss Emma M. Gillett,

Women are admitted to practice before all the Courts of the District of Columbia, but they are denied admission to such Law Schools of the District as confine their membership to white persons. Upon request, a special class has been opened for women, which affords the opportunity for a thorough course of legal study that will be useful to them in business life, and fit them for the practice of law.

Women have for some time been admitted to many of the larger Law Colleges. The Dean of one of them says: "The women who have attended the Law School have compared favorably in the matter of scholarship with the men." Another says: "We discover no difference in the capacity of the sexes to apprehend and apply legal principles." And still a third says: "The women who have attended our school have all been very bright students and made excellent records." The Instructors of the Woman's Law Class are glad to say that the women who have been under their tuition for the past few months, have made an equally good record.

The course is the equivalent of other Law Schools. Modern text-books have been adopted, quizzes and study of cases are a part of regular class instruction. A course of lectures will be announced later.

For further information as to terms, hours, and text-books, apply to

Mrs. Ellen Spencer Mussey
470 Louisiana Avenue N.W.

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- Original book can be found in the Pence Law Library Archive.