Opinions delivered before the Law Academy of Philadelphia by the provost and vice provost. The opinions are signed by Peter S. Du Ponceau as provost.

Background note

Founded in 1821, and incorporated in 1838, the Law Academy provided students with the experience of moot courts and was actually a successor of earlier associations for legal education. It also offered systematic instruction until 1850, when a professorship of law was established at the University of Pennsylvania.

Collection information


Received and accessioned 1949. Provenance unknown. (Card says: Purchased 1942).

General physical description

1 volume, 174 p.

Early American History Note

The opinion book consists of various debates held and delivered before the Provost and Vice Provost of the Law Academy of Philadelphia. The Law Academy was a precursor to formal law. Peter Du Ponceau was the provost of the Academy and most of the opinions are signed by him. This volume was likely his notebook.

Indexing Terms


  • Educational Material
  • Manuscript Essays

Personal Name(s)

  • Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen, 1760-1844


  • Education
  • Law
  • Law -- Study and teaching.
  • Law schools.
  • Moot courts.