Harvard University: Causes of Continuous Development of Harvard Law School
Harvard is conceivably well-known due to its sustaining history of innovation in education and its prestigious Law School which is the oldest perpetually operating law school in the United States. What causes have affected the continuous development and progression of Harvard Law School since its establishment in 1817? The purpose of this paper is to synthesize all research into a well-blended paper that clearly addresses the research question/topic presented above.
Causes of Continuous Development of Harvard Law School
The founding of Harvard University truly began in 1817 with the establishment of Harvard Law School. In 1832 Harvard Law School’s first new building was formally dedicated to Nathan Dane, a well-known alumnus of Harvard University (“Harvard Law School”, 2018). The following research question was developed: What causes have affected the continuous development and progression of Harvard Law School since its establishment in 1817? Interests in the topic regarding the causes which affected the continuous, successfully development of Harvard Law School are tied to a personal spike of interest in the criminal justice system, eagerness to identify causes of success in order to provide a path of continuous sustainability for any higher education institution, and recognizing correlations between Harvard Law School’s accomplishments and the success of Harvard University.
Identifying the causes of Harvard Law School’s continuous success are important to study in order to provide insight into the success of any higher education institute. A possible cause for Harvard’s continuous success was the development of the Law Library and its available resources. In 1820 this library began with only 584 titles in its collection. The library continued to grow with the additions added by Joseph Story in 1823, then the relocation of the library to Dane Hall, and by 1841 the library consisted of 6,100 volumes of collections. Then in 1883 the library was moved to Austin Hall where the library began growing at a rate of over 6,000 volumes a year. Currently, the library remains the largest academic law library in the world (“Harvard Law School”, 2018).
The university’s popularity began to grow due to many prevalent, successful alumni. Theodore Roosevelt graduated in 1880 from Harvard University and he served as the nation’s 34th President. A professor at Harvard University won the Noel Prize in 1914. In 1941 John F. Kennedy graduated from Harvard University. In 1955 Helen Keller, a blind, deaf woman, received an honorary degree through Harvard University. Former president, Barrack Obama, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991, and Harvard University’s alumni success rate has continuous, sustained and grown till this day (“Harvard Law School”, 2018).
Harvard Law School’s prestigious operating qualities made a significant impact on Harvard University’s development of its esteemed appraisal. The creation of the Law School in 1817 was announced with the promise of a library providing access to a complete law library. The dynamics of an academic enterprise are similar to an economic marketplace. “Bringing the ‘university movement’ to life involved not just the expenses of constructing a new library or stocking a laboratory but also the orchestration of administration, faculty, and students according to a specific script” (Thelin, 2011, p. 130). Expansion of program opportunities at Harvard University, and alumni continuously consisting of well-known individuals were both causes of the steady progression of Harvard Law School. The fascination with college life itself was continuously growing in America (Thelin, 2011). “Between 1860 and 1890, American institutions of higher education responded pragmatically, albeit imperfectly, to the challenge of competing with the attractions of a commercial and industrial economy” (Thelin, 2011, p. 108).
Harvard Law School’s prestigious operating qualities impact the Harvard University’s current, esteemed appraisal. The university is home to largest, academic Law Library in the world. There is a 95% success rate on Harvard students passing the Bar Exam. The graduation rate average is 98% with graduates whom successfully receive jobs offers and admissions into other professional programs or schools (“Harvard Law School, 2018).
Biblical worldview towards the Laws of the Unites States should be the desire to utilize these laws to advocate for the “weak”. It states in Psalms 82:3-5 (KJV), “Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. Some are unaware of the laws, their rights and responsibilities. Christians should acknowledge both the laws of the government and the Biblical laws. Matthew 22:21 (KJV) states “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.” Romans 13:1 (KJV) states, “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God and those which exist are established by God.” We have been equipped with the knowledge and tools to defend the afflicted. The injustices of the world need to be corrected.
A Biblical worldview perspective could have profound positive effects for Harvard University/Harvard Law School. The success and the accomplishments of the university could be maximized. I Kinds 2:3 (KJV) states, “And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself.” Curriculum would be embedded with biblical principles resulting in Christians easily being able to study the law with a biblical perspective. Crime ratings could be lower. Harvard University reported 231 safety-related incidents involving students on or near campus or other Harvard affiliated properties in 2017. Of the 2,795 colleges and universities that reported crime and safety data, 2,390 of them reported fewer incidents than this” (“Harvard Law School”, 2018).
Philippians 4:13 (KJV), “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”. One can do all things through Christ, but nothing without Christ which leads readers to believe Harvard University leadership must have held some aspect of a Biblical worldview in order to achieve all they have attained in the past 200 years. What causes have affected the continuous development and progression of Harvard Law School since its establishment in 1817? Many causes have affected the success and continuing achievements of Harvard University and Harvard Law School. Harvard University is one of the most successful, well-known universities in the world. It is part of the “Ivy League” colleges. The development of their world renowned library played a large role in the widespread attractiveness of the university. Harvard appealed to many prevalent individuals which in turn fascinated students to attend Harvard University in hopes to be as successful as other alumni.
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