Profesorowie wydziału prawa i nauk społecznych uniwersytetu Stefana Batorego w Wilnie 1919–1939
THE PROFESSORS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LAW AND SOCIAL SCIENCES AT THE STEFAN BATORY UNIVERSITY (SBU) IN VILNIUS IN THE YEARS 1919–1939
The Department of Law and Social Sciences was the one most numerously attended by students of the SBU. At the end of the 20s, being the first and the only one, the Department exceeded one thousand students. Despite so many students, it did not have an adequate number of posts for professors (they were created by the state authorities). For example, the SBU in the 1931/1932 academic year had 15 chairs, including 8 for full professors and 7 for associate professors, with only 10 professors employed at that time, and 12 during next year. According to the University’s documents, in the interwar period the general number of associate and full professors at the Department of Law and Social Sciences came to 15, while the whole USB employed 141 persons at these posts. Majority of the Department’s professors were lawyers and economists, and all of them were male. Since their prevailing attitude towards scientific, didactic and organisational duties was serious, they spent a lot of time at the University. For example, it was common that the Department scheduled to give classes for half a week. Majority of the Department’s professors, while performing different functions both in the Department and the UBS, were behaving in a responsible and moderate manner, although during elections for the UBS posts also political issues mattered, so on such occasions disputes were particularly bitter. Generally speaking, prudence and solemnity were the traits especially valued among professors – both in their bearing and attire. And such was the majority of professors employed at the Department, also in their private life. Occasionally, though, persons leading quite extravagant life could be found among them.