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Talking About a Revolution

A pop quiz with some surprising answers

What connection does this building—once situated in Harvard Square where the Coop now stands—have to Harvard Law School?

In 1817, it was Harvard Law School. Called College House Number 2, it was located next to the courthouse for convenience, but it was part of Harvard College. When the school opened, it had 15 students, one teacher, and was the first professional law school within the context of a university to teach people to be lawyers—the school’s first big idea, said Coquillette, at a time when most lawyers were taught through apprenticeship.

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