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Inns of Court

plural noun
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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  • Moot is a term used in the inns-of-court, and signifies the handling or arguing a case for exercise.

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

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • By his means the law makes more knaves than it hangs, and, like the inns-of-court, protects offenders against itself.

  • 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.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • The pecuniary means of inns-of-court students have not varied much throughout the last twelve generations.

    A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • Feast-days in the colleges of our universities are so called, as they were formerly at the inns-of-court.

    Folk-lore of Shakespeare Thomas Firminger Thiselton-Dyer
British Dictionary definitions for inns-of-court

Inns of Court

plural noun
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 bar See Lincoln's Inn, Inner Temple, Middle Temple, Gray's Inn
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