WILLIAM THORNTON LAFFERTY, A.B., A.M.
Dean of the College of Law
Professor of Law
College of Law
Why is the State justified in maintaining a Law School, when there are already too many lawyers? It is not because we need more, but because we need better lawyers. If we can equip our students with progressive ideas, if we can imbue them with the vital principles of individual and social justice, better courts and better laws will result.
It has been the avowed purpose of Dean Lafferty to raise the standard of admission to the bar in Kentucky, and it was through his influence that the legislature in recent session adopted the bill practically as he had planned it. Furthermore, the official State university law school does not teach men law merely as a trade, but aims by scientific methods to train men so that they will be worthy to be, not only counselors and advocated, but leaders in the movement which will bring legal methods and institutions abreast of the times.
Dean Lafferty, the pioneer and foremost practice court teacher of the country, has succeeded in having the practice work adopted by the American Association of Law Schools, and numerous schools are using Judge Lafferty’s manual and methods. Dean Lafferty, who is fast becoming the Grand old Judge of the University, endears all the students to his college by his unequaled personal interest, his abiding judgment, and his kind discretion.
SOURCE: The Kentuckian, 1918