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Harvard Law School Office of the Registrar Annual Examinations


Annual examinations for the Harvard Law School.


  • 1871 - 1995


Conditions Governing Access

Access to these examinations is governed by the rules and regulations of the Harvard Law School Library. Consult the Historical and Special Collections staff for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Law School Library holds copyright on some, but not all, of the material in our collections. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be directed to the Historical and Special Collections staff. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Harvard Law School Library are also responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations who hold copyright.


127 Volumes

This collection presents a complete run of the exams presented by the Harvard Law School to its students from 1871 to 1995 . The Exams are part of the Red Set Collection held by Historical and Special Collections.

Historical/Biographical Information

Among the admininistrative changes and educational reforms introduced under Christopher Langdell’s Deanship (1870-1895) was the publication of the School’s law examinations. At first these were published separately for use during the exams themselves. In 1878 the Law School began to compile and publish these examinations annually.

Physical Location

Historical and Special Collections

Existence and Location of Copies

The entire print run of the Annual Examinations, 1871-1995, was digitized in the summer and fall of 2010. For links to the digital surrogates of the exams for each academic year, please see the container list below.

Processing Information

Processed by Margaret Peachy, August 2010

Harvard Law School. Office of the Registrar. Annual Examinations, 1871-1995: Finding Aid
Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Law School Library, Historical & Special Collections Repository

Harvard Law School Library's Historical & Special Collections (HSC) collects, preserves, and makes available research materials for the study of the law and legal history. HSC holds over 8,000 linear feet of manuscripts, over 100,000 rare books, and more than 70,000 visual images.

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