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Washington College of Law Founded February 1, 1896

Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma M. Gillett hold the first Woman's Law Class, using Mussey's law office as a classroom. In April 1898, The District of Columbia incorporates WCL. It is the first law school in the world founded by women - and the first one with a female dean. The school begins as a parttime evening school for whites only. Mussey becomes the first woman dean of a law school in the United States.

Washington College of Law Founded February 1, 1896

Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma M. Gillett hold the first Woman's Law Class, using Mussey's law office as a classroom. In April 1898, The District of Columbia incorporates WCL. It is the first law school in the world founded by women - and the first one with a female dean. The school begins as a parttime evening school for whites only. Mussey becomes the first woman dean of a law school in the United States.

Washington College of Law Founded February 1, 1896

Ellen Spencer Mussey and Emma M. Gillett hold the first Woman's Law Class, using Mussey's law office as a classroom. In April 1898, The District of Columbia incorporates WCL. It is the first law school in the world founded by women - and the first one with a female dean. The school begins as a parttime evening school for whites only. Mussey becomes the first woman dean of a law school in the United States.