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Litchfield in Litchfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Earliest American Law School

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, February 22, 2010
1. Earliest American Law School Marker
Inscription.
Earliest American
Law School
1775 – 1833
Tapping Reeve
And James Gould

 
Location. 41° 44.658′ N, 73° 11.297′ W. Marker is in Litchfield, Connecticut, in Litchfield County. Marker is on South Street (Connecticut Route 63) 0.2 miles south of East Street (Connecticut Route 202), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Litchfield CT 06759, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Recruiting Tent (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Church of Lyman Beecher (approx. 0.2 miles away); Litchfield World War I Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Litchfield Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oliver Wolcott Jr. Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Litchfield Vietnam War Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Litchfield World War II Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Litchfield Korean War Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Litchfield.
 
Regarding Earliest American Law School. The Litchfield Law School of Litchfield, Connecticut was the first law school in the United States, having been established in 1773 by Tapping Reeve, who would later became the Chief Justice of
Tapping Reeve House and Law School image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, February 22, 2010
2. Tapping Reeve House and Law School
the Connecticut Supreme Court. By the time the school closed in 1833, over 1,100 students had attended the institution including Aaron Burr, Jr. and John C. Calhoun.

The law school, including Reeve's house, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965 as the Tapping Reeve House and Law School. The Tapping Reeve House and Law School is owned and operated by the Litchfield Historical Society as a museum displaying life in a 19th century period school.
 
Also see . . .
1. Litchfield Law School on Wikipedia. (Submitted on March 11, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Litchfield Historical Society. (Submitted on March 11, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraEducation
 
Tapping Reeve House and Law School image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, February 22, 2010
3. Tapping Reeve House and Law School
Tapping
Reeve
House &
Law School
America's First Law School
Open
Mid April through November
Litchfield Historical Society
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 11, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 643 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 11, 2010, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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