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Interviews in the University of Florida College of Law Oral History Collection discuss the history and growth of the University of Florida College of Law (now called the Fredric G. Levin College of Law), which will commemorate its 100th year in 2009. Previous law school deans, former and current faculty members, and law school graduates discuss their law school years and campus life at UF over the decades. Some interviews cover law school life in the 1920s and 1930s, the moot courts, and flaws in the curricula in those early years. Other subject matter takes on the first black applicants and the first female students, changing qualifications for entrance, effect of World War II and Korean War on the students, and the law school’s impact on state judicial history and lawmaking. Among the more prominent graduates interviewed are Chesterfield Smith, Raymond Ehrlich, Stephan Mickle, and Fredric Levin.


The University of Florida College of Law Oral History Collection is part of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program is an affiliated program of the University of Florida's Department of History. Its collections include approximately 4,000 interviews and more than 85,000 pages of transcribed material, making it the largest oral history archive in the South and one of the major collections in the country. The transcribed interviews are available for use by research scholars, students, journalists, genealogists, and other interested groups. Researchers have used our oral history material for theses, dissertations, articles, and books.

Digitization of the collection has been funded in part by the generous donation of Caleb and Michele Grimes.