Not quite 5 years ago William & Mary's Wolf Law Library launched the W&M Law School Scholarship Repository to promote and archive our community's intellectual output. The first year was a banner year, with the entire archive of the Law School's journals and most of our faculty's scholarship going online. While these collections continue to thrive, the Scholarship Repository has expanded into collections that provide a more complete historical perspective of life at America's first law school.
If you'd like to take a stroll down memory lane, check out the student newspapers and newsletters. You can also delve deeper into the History of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law or take a look at the dean collections. For a more academic look at things, check out the Law School Clinics or the Conferences & Events hosted by the Law School.
Digital repositories are being developed by law schools across the country. William & Mary was among the first to do so and in 2012 was the first law school repository to break 1 million downloads. On March 4, 2015 the William & Mary Law School Scholarship Repository hit another milestone, breaking 10,000 items. Item 10,000 in our Repository is Professor Ali Larson's article "The Trouble with Amicus Facts," published in the University of Virginia Law Review. Item 10,001 is Professor Vivian Hamilton's article in the University of Georgia Law Review, "Liberty Without Capacity: Why States Should Ban Adolescent Driving." To date, the 10,001 items in the William & Mary Law School Scholarship Repository have been downloaded more than 4.6 million times, with approximately one third of those downloads occurring in the last year alone.
Thomas Jefferson founded William & Mary Law School in 1779 to train leaders for the new nation. Now in its third century, America's oldest law school continues its historic mission of educating citizen lawyers who are prepared both to lead and to serve.