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Lord Atkin of Aberdovey

  • H. C. Gutteridge

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The death of Lord Atkin has deprived our English law schools of one of their staunchest friends, and will be deeply deplored by all who have the cause of legal education at heart. The teaching and the study of the law meant much more to him than a mere preparation for professional life, for the law was ‘all the time the object of his fervent and almost passionate devotion,’ and he was unswerving in his insistence that it should have the place due to it in the studium generale which connotes the unity of knowledge. The full extent of the services which he rendered to legal education will probably never be known, because he was not given to seek publicity for his opinions or his achievements, but it is largely due to his zeal and enthusiasm that our law schools now occupy a very different position from that held by them a quarter of a century ago. His influence made itself felt in two directions. The improvement in the status of law teachers is in no small measure the result of his efforts on their behalf, and he also played a leading part in securing the establishment of closer contact between the academic and practising sides of the law.

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1 Wright, Lord in the Law Quarterly Review, 10, 1944.

Lord Atkin of Aberdovey

  • H. C. Gutteridge

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