When students enrolled at New York Law School after the school opened its doors in 1891, they did so by signing a student registration ledger and handwriting certain basic information about themselves, e.g., their age (in years, months and days!), the college or graduate school they had attended (although a college degree was not a requirement for admission to NYLS until the 1960's), their address and the names and addresses of their parents or guardians. They did the same thing in each subsequent year of attendance (2 years for day students and 3 for evening students, which changed to 3 and 4 in 1937. That process continued with only slight variation until 1956. That is the last year for which we have located registration ledgers in our archives. As you browse these ledgers you'll spot the signatures and pertinent registration information for many of the law school's illustrious alumni, including Moses Leonard Frazier, Class of 1899, NYLS's first African-American graduate (Book 7, page 13, line 9); Samuel Seabury, Class of 1893, President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 1939-1941 (Book 5, page 8, line 6); David Wilentz, Class of 1917, the New Jersey State Attorney General who prosecuted the famed Lindergh Baby-Hauptmann Trial, (Book 8, page 41, line 8); Morris Leopold Ernst, Class of 1912 (evening division), one of the founders of Greenbaum, Wolff & Ernst, and a co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (book 7, page 57, line 29); and Roger J Miner, Class of 1956, a judge of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals from 1985 until his death in 2012.

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Student Ledger Book 1

Student Ledger Book 2

Student Ledger Book 3

Student Ledger Book 4

Student Ledger Book 5

Student Ledger Book 6

Student Ledger Book 7

Student Ledger Book 8

Student Ledger Book 9

Student Ledger Book 10

Student Ledger Book 11

Student Ledger Book 12