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“Tools of the Profession: Law Books and the History of Legal Education,” a digital exhibit drawn from the Arthur C. Pulling Rare Books Collection at the University of Minnesota Law Library, explores the history of legal education through books that have profoundly shaped it. This exhibit showcases the reciprocal nature of legal literature and legal education traced from medieval Europe to nineteenth-century America. Imbued with the spirit of practice, law books have guided students to professional success over centuries. A rich literature held in the Library’s collections illuminates this history of education.

An accompanying exhibit, “Legal Education at Minnesota,” drawn from the Law Library’s archives, highlights the history of legal education at the University of Minnesota Law School. The exhibit features casebooks, exams, student notebooks, study guides and other material that document the extraordinary tradition of instruction and learning at the Law School.

The Riesenfeld Center gratefully acknowledges the support of University of Minnesota Law School Dean Garry W. Jenkins, and Associate Dean Joan S. Howland, in the creation of these digital exhibits. The exhibits were curated by Ryan Greenwood, Pat Graybill, Lily Eisenthal, and Joy Brown.