Legal profession List of jurists Jeremy Bentham
Detail from the sarcophagus of Roman jurist Valerio Petroniano (315–320)

A jurist is a person with expert knowledge of law; someone who studies, 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 USA the term "jurist" may be applied to a judge.[3] With reference to Roman law, a "jurist" (in English) is a jurisconsult (jurisconsulta).[citation needed]

The English term jurist is to be distinguished from similar terms in other European languages, which may be synonymous with legal professional, i.e. anyone with a professional law degree that qualifies for legal work.[4]

Notable jurists

This is a illustrated list of some notable jurists, for a more extensive list see list of jurists.

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. ^ For example: German Jurist, Norwegian/Danish/Swedish/Dutch jurist, French juriste, Italian giurista, Spanish/Catalan/Portuguese jurista, Galician xurista, Russian юрист.