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Inns of Court
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The Inns of Court are the professional associations and law schools for qualified barristers in England and Wales. They are located in four historic building complexes near the western border of the City of London (Lincoln’s Inn, Inner Temple, Middle Temple, and Gray’s Inn). From these accommodations, the name Inns of Court was applied to the four societies of barristers there.

The Inns of Court played an important part in the development of English legal life in the early modern period. Since 1590, they had a virtually exclusive right to authorize lawyers to practice law in the higher j…

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Schmidt, Martin, “Inns of Court”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 05 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_021444>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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