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Inns of Court

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  1. the four voluntary legal societies in England (Lincoln's Inn, the Inner Temple, the Middle Temple, and Gray's Inn) that have the exclusive privilege of calling candidates to the English bar after they have received such instruction and taken such examinations as the Inns provide.
  2. the buildings owned and used by the Inns.
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Historical Examples

  • Moot is a term used in the Inns-of-Court, and signifies the handling or arguing a case for exercise.

    A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 12 (of 15)

    Robert Dodsley

  • He is exceedingly censured by the inns-of-court men, for that heinous vice being out of fashion.

  • But he is now gone to the inns-of-court, where he studies to forget what he learned before, his acquaintance and the fashion.

  • He is exceedingly censured by the inns-of-court men, for that heinous vice, being out of fashion.

  • By his means the law makes more knaves than it hangs, and, like the Inns-of-Court, protects offenders against itself.


British Dictionary definitions for inns of court

Inns of Court

pl n
  1. (in England) the four private unincorporated societies in London that function as a law school and have the exclusive privilege of calling candidates to the English barSee Lincoln's Inn, Inner Temple, Middle Temple, Gray's Inn
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