From the Archives

Ideas and Action

This short film was commissioned in 2003 for the celebration of the University of Chicago Law School's Centennial. It features interviews with many of the Law School's then-faculty, as well as a cameo by future President Barack Obama.

Karl Llewellyn, "Elements of the Law - Introductory Lecture"

This lecture by famed legal scholar Karl Llewellyn, who joined the Chicago law faculty in 1951, was recorded on October 18, 1957, by Peter Clarke, AB '56, JD x'59. Picking up where he left off in his classic Bramble Bush lectures, Prof. Llewellyn provides an introduction to law school and the legal profession in the Class of 1959's first Elements of the Law class.

46:47 minutes (42.83 MB)

Milton Friedman, "Capitalism and the Jews"

This recording of University of Chicago Professor of Economics Milton Friedman was recorded on October 15, 1978 by James H. Fox, JD '78.

The speech was originally scheduled for the B'nai B'rith Hillel Foundation, but was moved to the University of Chicago Law School Auditorium upon the announcement the week before of his Nobel Prize in Economics .

88:04 minutes (80.64 MB)

Karl Llewellyn: "Marriage and Family" Classroom Lecture

Karl Llewellyn taught at the University of Chicago Law School from 1951 until his death in 1962. In this undated classroom recording, he takes an often light-hearted look at the implicit legal structures within what was at the time considered the "typical" American family.

102:39 minutes (93.98 MB)

The Class of 1977: The Lost Footage

These clips were shot by Jon Mills, '77, over the course of his three years at the Law School. He writes, "While I was in law school I took oodles of 8mm movies. Wine messes. Classes. The women’s basketball team. People wandering around in a daze trying to figure out how they got in there and how to get out.

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