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Reader Inns of Court
A reader in one of the Inns of Court in London was originally a senior barrister of the Inn who was elected to deliver a lecture or series of lectures on a particular legal topic. Two readers (known as Lent and Autumn Readers) would be elected annually to serve a one-year term.
Lincoln's Inn became formally organised as a place of legal education thanks to a decree in 1464, which required a reader to give lectures to the law students there.
By 1569 at Gray's Inn there had been readers for more than a century, and before the rise of the benchers they formed the governing body of the inn.