The Education of Lawyers

Sir John Baker

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780198258179
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681806 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England Series isbn 0-19-961352-4

The Education of Lawyers

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This chapter examines the education of lawyers in England during the Tudor period. It suggests that though there were several venues for learning, the most common form of learning of the law profession was generated and nurtured in the halls of the Inns of Court. At the accession of Elizabeth I, the Inns of Court ad chancery were considered both academies of law for intending practitioners and finishing schools for gentlemen with no intention of living by the law. In addition to educational training, they also played a key role in facilitating the transmission, discussion, and refinement of legal doctrine and procedural learning.

Keywords: legal education; lawyers; Inns of Court; chancery; legal profession; academies of law; legal doctrine; procedural learning

Chapter.  15982 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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