A jurist is a person with expert knowledge of law; someone who analyses and comments on law. This person is usually a specialist legal scholar, mostly (but not always) with a formal qualification in law and often a legal practitioner. In the United Kingdom the term "jurist" is mostly used for legal academics, while in the United States the term may also be applied to a judge. With reference to Roman law, a "jurist" (in English) is a jurisconsult (iurisconsultus).
The English term juristis to be distinguished from similar terms in other European languages, where it may be synonymous with legal professional, meaning anyone with a professional law degree that qualifies for admission to the legal profession, including such positions as judge or attorney. In Germany, Scandinavia and a number of other countries jurist denotes someone with a professional law degree, and it may be a protected title, for example in Norway. Thus the term can be applied to attorneys, judges and academics, provided that they hold a qualifying professional law degree. In Germany the term "full jurist") is sometimes used informally to denote someone who has completed the two state examinations in law that qualify for practising law, to distinguish from someone who may have only the first state examination or some other form of legal qualification that doesn't qualify for practising law.
Some notable historical jurists include:
- Lycurgus of Sparta
- Solon of Athens
- B. R. Ambedkar
- Muhammad Averroes
- Thomas Aquinas
- Alberico Gentili
- Francis Bacon
- William Blackstone
- Cesare Beccaria
- Jeremy Bentham
- Amina, bint al-Hajj ʿAbd al-Latif
- John Stuart Mill
- John Marshall
- Muhammad Iqbal
- Felix Frankfurter
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
- Antonin Scalia
- Hans Kelsen
- Pontes de Miranda
- List of jurists
- History of the legal profession
- History of the American legal profession
- Legal profession
- Islamic jurist
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