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The first and only edition of Precedent was published by the Chicago College of Law post graduate senior and junior classes of 1896. A work of nearly 300 pages, the annual contains portraits and profiles of law faculty, alumni news, lists and composites for classes 1895-1897, news and photos of fraternities and organizations, class histories, poetry, and a humor section. Also included in the Annual is a series of articles written by faculty, focusing on topics of interest at the time, such as "Women in the Law" and "Night Schools of the Future."

Of particular interest in the annual are the articles on the history of the school, its founding, and its faculty. As the annual was published after the death of Justice Joseph Meade Bailey, it includes a memorial to Bailey as well as his last public address, given at the sixth annual banquet of the Alumni Association of the Chicago College of Law.

This book was digitized at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law due to the generosity of the Chicago History Museum, which holds the original item.

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