In a "Preface" to the first volume of "The History of the Harvard Law School and Early Legal Conditions in America" Charles Warren writes:
"When I first began to write this history, I deemed it necessary to describe the legal conditions existing in Massachusetts at the
date of the founding of the Law School. To do this, it became requisite to show the difference between the Bar of that State and of other States. This led me to a consideration of the history of the early American Bar--how it was created, how it was educated, and what were the influences which promoted or retarded
its growth. So arose the addendum to my title 'And of Early Legal Conditions in America.'"
The first volume covers events from the 17th century to 1837.