Henry Schofield became a member of the Faculty of Northwestern University Law School in 1901. He died in 1918.
He was a native of Dudley, Massachusetts; prepared for college at Nichols Academy in that town; graduated from Harvard College in 1887 with the degree of A.B., and from Harvard Law School in 1890 with the degrees of LL.B. and A.M. He served for a year as clerk in the law office of Messrs. Herrick and Allen, Chicago; then went for a year to Washington as assistant to Charles H. Aldrich, Solicitor General of the United States. In 1892 he returned to Chicago, and was later associated in practice with Mr. Henry M. Bacon; from 1900 to 1902 was Assistant Corporation Counsel to the City of Chicago. During the years 1899-1900 and 1900-1901 he was a lecturer in the John Marshall Law School. In 1901 he was appointed instructor in Equity and Constitutional Law in the Law School of Northwestern University, and in 1902 he was appointed professor of law and gave up his position in the City Hall.
The period of his service as legal adviser to the City was one when the City's relations to the local traction systems involved the most weighty controversies over corporate franchises and the City's powers under its charter. Constitutional provisions and successive statutory measures raised complex issues calling for great accuracy of research and large understanding of fundamental principles. His absolute mastery of the whole intricate subject was soon acknowledged by all who knew of his work.