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Detail from the sarcophagus of Roman jurist Valerio Petroniano (315-320)

A jurist is a person with expert knowledge of law; someone who analyses and comments on law.[1][2] This person is usually a specialist legal scholar--not necessarily with a formal qualification in law or a legal practitioner, although in the United States the term "jurist" may be applied to a judge.[3] With reference to Roman law, a "jurist" (in English) is a jurisconsult (jurisconsulta).[4]

The English term jurist is to be distinguished from similar terms in other European languages, where it may be synonymous with legal professional, i.e. anyone with a professional law degree that qualifies for legal work.[]

A person who is a member of a jury is called a juror.

Notable jurists

Some notable historic jurists[clarification needed] include:

See also


  1. ^ Vieto Piergiovanni (2000). Comparative Studies in Continental and Anglo-American Legal History. Germany: Duncker & Humblot. p. 236. ISBN 978-3428097562.
  2. ^ "One who professes or treats of law; one versed in the science of law; a legal writer": "Jurist". Oxford English Dictionary online. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  3. ^ Garner, Bryan A., ed. (2019). "Jurist". Black's Law Dictionary (11 ed.). St. Paul, Minn.: West.
  4. ^ "Definition of Jurisconsult". www.merriam-webster.com.

External links

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