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Organized For Service: The Hicks Classification System And The Evolution Of Law School Curriculum, John L. Moreland Jan 2022

Organized For Service: The Hicks Classification System And The Evolution Of Law School Curriculum, John L. Moreland

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This article traces the origins and development of the Hicks Classification System, an in-house organizational scheme used by the Yale Law Library from the late 1930s to the 1990s. It explores the relationship between the Hicks Classification System and the changing pedagogical methods of the law school curriculum during the early part of the 20th century. It provides a brief biographical sketch of Frederick C. Hicks, creator of the scheme, the need for a legal classification system, a detailed analysis of Hicks’s scheme, its finding aids, and a discussion of the inherent cultural biases in the system.