Lemma Barkaloo

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Lemma Barkaloo (1840–1870, aka Lemma Barkeloo) was the first woman in America to attend law school.[1][2][3][4] She began attending Washington University in 1869, after having been refused admission to the Law School at Columbia.[4] However, she never finished her course work or graduated.[5][6] In 1870 she was admitted to the Missouri bar and became the first woman to try a case in an American court; she died a few months later from typhoid fever.[3][5][6]

In 2000 Susan Frelich Appleton, J.D., was installed as the inaugural Lemma Barkeloo and Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law at the Washington University school of law.[1][2]