t the bar in a high degree, involves and implies mental activity and diligent research.
There must be preliminary preparation both of an academic and a professional nature.
Assuming a fair degree of the first we may enlarge a little on the second.
The great exponent and apostle of the law, Sir William Blackstone, has to be studied.
The principles which he discusses and elaborates have to be read, digested, and stored away in the mind.
The student has to familiarize himself with Story and Adam's Equity, Smith's Mercantile Law, or some other work of like nature, has to be mastered.
The statute law of the State has to be learned, works of pleading and practice must be perused and made part of the mental equipment.
This preparation and these books necessitate the exercise of the intellectual faculties—their expansion and development.
Practice of the profession calls for more.
Cases have to be studied.
Principles of the law as they have been expounded and adjudicated in the courts