Philip Halpern. Stanford Law Review, Dec., 1955, Vol. 8, No. 1 (Dec 1955), pp. 3-8. JSTOR.
Robert Jackson was born February I3, 1892, on a small farm near Spring Creek in Warren County, Pennsylvania. At an early age he moved with his family across the state line to Frews- burg, New York, a small village in Chautauqua County near the city of Jamestown. He attended high school in Frewsburg and in Jamestown and there showed a marked flair for public speaking and debating and the qualities of quickness of mind and wit which later brought him fame. After graduation from the Jamestown High School in I91O, he began the study of law in the office of Frank H. Mott, a well-known local lawyer. Young Jackson at- tended the Albany Law School for one year (a two-year course was then prescribed for a law degree), then returned to Jamestown and resumed his studies in Mr. Mott's office. He passed the New York State bar examination and was admitted to the Bar in 19I3 at the age of twenty-one.
Why didn't Jackson finish his second and last year at Albany Law School? I'm assuming that his academic year was (less than) from Sept to June, or just 10 months?
Why not graduate with his LLB, then study at Frank Mott's office? Doesn't earning the LLB afford you more credit and prestige even back in the early 1900's when law degrees were optional?