CREATOR: Court of Appeals in Law (1836-1859)
TITLE: Petitions to practice law
VOLUME: 0.33 cubic ft.
ARRANGEMENT: Series arranged chronologically by filing date. For indexing
purposes, the petitions have been assigned numbers.
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE: S.C. Statute 1812(5)677 required attorneys
to be citizens of the state, have attained their majority, offer character
references, and pass the legal examination outlined in S.C. Statute 1796(5)289.
The 1796 act required applicants to submit their petitions of admittance to the
courts at Columbia or Charleston while they were in session. Upon approval of a
candidate's qualifications, he would be examined by a competent number of the
bar presided over by at least two justices and, after passing the examination,
be admitted to the bar.
SUMMARY SCOPE NOTE: This series consists of petitions addressed to the
justices of the Court of Appeals in Law at Charleston. Information includes the
applicant's educational and professional background, signed testimonials to the
petitioner's character, and certified statements attesting to candidate's
educational qualifications. The petitions bear a signed and dated notation by a
court justice as to when the petition was accepted.
INDEX/FINDING AID: The names of the applicants and of the persons
offering testimonials in their behalf are indexed in the repository's On- line
Combined Index to Multiple Record Series, 1675-1929, and in the Combined
Alphabetical Index produced by the repository on computer output microfilm (COM)
in 1991. In the computer output microfilm index this series is represented by
the numeric code 0034 002.
ADDITIONAL FORM: The entire series has been digitized. The digital
images are linked to index hits from the On-line Records Index on the
HIERARCHICAL NOTE: Forms part of the records of the Court of Appeals in