This section is from the book "Popular Law Library Vol1 Introduction To The Study Of Law Legal History", by Albert H. Putney. Also see: Popular Law-Dictionary.
The law as it exists today is the product of long continued evolution. "The student of law in our times has come to recognize the fact that law is, in a sense, a branch of history, and is to be studied in a historic spirit and by a historic method; and as the student of law recognizes the relation which exists between law and history, so also has the student of history come to recognize that a certain relation subsists between history and law." 17
18 For list of reports and common abbreviations therefor see Appendix J.
17 From lecture by Henry Wade Rogers, Dean of the Yale University Law School.
The law student who desires to understand his profession, to be a true lawyer rather than a mere pettifogger, must be willing to go back to earlier times to study the origin of and reasons of the legal principles which he wishes to apply. Nor in his study of legal history must he limit himself to the history of his own country. All countries, and the United States in particular, have borrowed from the legal learning and experiences of the nations which have gone before them. The great mass of our legal conceptions and principles have been brought from across the Atlantic and in many cases, in their ultimate analysis, from a still more distant home.