Harvard Law Provides Public Access to Old Exams

Harvard Law School has recently made available an archive of exams given between 1871 and 1998.   

It’s interesting to see the progression of exam writing style from the earliest exams to more recent decades.  For example, the first question on a property exam from 1871 asks first years to simply distinguish real from personal property.  Older exams do ask students to analyze some fact patterns, but much shorter than those that will be all too familiar to blog readers. 

There’s also an opportunity to browse exams written by well known former professors such as Felix Frankfurter, Christopher Columbus Langdell, Roscoe Pound, and Samuel Williston