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A jurist is a person with expert knowledge of
law Law is a system A system is a group of Interaction, interacting or interrelated elements that act according to a set of rules to form a unified whole. A system, surrounded and influenced by its environment, is described by its boundaries, ...
; someone who analyses and comments on law. This person is usually a specialist legal scholarnot 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. With reference to
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, a "jurist" (in English) is a jurisconsult (''jurisconsulta''). The English term ''jurist'' is to be distinguished from similar terms in other European languages, where it may be synonymous with ''
legal professionLegal profession is a profession, and legal professionals study, develop and apply law. Usually, there is a requirement for someone choosing a career in law to first obtain a law degree or some other form of legal education. It is difficult to gener ...
al'', i.e. anyone with a professional law degree that qualifies for legal work.


Notable jurists

Some notable historic jurists include:


See also

* History of the legal profession *
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Legal professionLegal profession is a profession, and legal professionals study, develop and apply law. Usually, there is a requirement for someone choosing a career in law to first obtain a law degree or some other form of legal education. It is difficult to gener ...
* List of jurists * Paralegal


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