First and Foremost
The first chair of law in America was established December 4, 1779, at W&M. The College's board of visitors included among others Governor Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Benjamin Harrison. They elected as the first professor to occupy that chair George Wythe, styled by Jefferson as the American Aristides.
The Law School's McGlothlin Courtroom - one of the most technologically advanced on the planet - is a working model for real high-tech court systems being designed and built around the world by the Center for Legal and Court Technology, a joint program of the Law School and the National Center for State Courts.
The Great Chief Justice
John Marshall studied law at William & Mary under the tutelage of George Wythe in 1780. Marshall's tenure here was brief but potent in forming the character of the person who would lay the foundations of American constitutional law.