Education: Duke's Lincolns

Duke University (Durham, N.C.) has used the late Tobaccoman James Buchanan ("Buck") Duke's millions to build one of the architectural, if not intellectual, wonders of U.S. higher education. It is hardly a place from which would be expected to come the theory that Gothic palaces do not a university make. Yet last week in Duke Forest, about five minutes' walk from the Gothic campus, 32 Duke Law School students celebrated their return to a simple life. Like Abraham Lincoln, they began to study law in log cabins.

The theorist responsible for this Duke retreat is the Law School dean, tanned, pipe-smoking Hugo...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!