Designating the Dean of Law: Legal Education at McGill University and the Montreal Corporate and Professional Elite, 1946-1950

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Designating the Dean of Law: Legal Education at McGill University and the Montreal Corporate and Professional Elite, 1946-1950
Abstract
The nature of legal education was the subject of an on-going debate within Canada in the twentieth century. The debate centered on whether legal education should be restricted to training for the local Bar as opposed to studying law as an academic discipline as well as professional training. A decanal vacancy at McGill University brought the question to the fore in 1946 when the Anglophone members of the Montreal Bar exerted influence on the selection process. The matter was complicated by the opposition of the city's corporate elite to candidates with "socialist leanings." The university went through five Deans in five years before a long-term appointment was made. The author points out that the final appointment, which initially appeared to represent a triumph for those who wished to restrict the McGill faculty to teaching Quebec civil law in English, actually hastened the broadening of the curriculum and the introduction of graduate studies at the university.
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Dalhousie Law Journal
Volume
Vol. 27
Date
2004
Language
en
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Hobbins, A. J. “Designating the Dean of Law: Legal Education at McGill University and the Montreal Corporate and Professional Elite, 1946-1950.” Dalhousie Law Journal Vol. 27 (2004). http://digitool.Library.McGill.CA:80/R/-?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=19045&silo_library=GEN01.
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