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I am hoping someone on the H-LAW list can direct me to information - articles, passages in books etc. - about the Massachusetts Legislature's 1836 decision to repeal the requirement that individuals seeking bar admission only had to have three years of legal education (as an apprentice) if they had a college education, but five years if they didn't. I am writing an article about the legal education of the abolitionist Lysander Spooner who wrote "To the Members of the Legislature of Massachusetts" (1835) criticizing this rule, but it is not clear exactly what prompted Mass. to change the rule. Any information would be most appreciated. Sincerely, Helen Knowles -- Helen J. Knowles Assistant Professor of Political Science State University of New York at Oswego 439 Mahar Hall Oswego NY 13126-3599 Office: (315) 312-3453 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.helenjknowles.com View my research on my SSRN Author page: http://ssrn.com/author=657261 --- "The law is what we live with. Justice is sometimes harder to achieve." (Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Red Circle