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Law, Lawyers, and HumanismSelected Essays on the History of Scots Law, Volume 1$
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John W Cairns

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748682096

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682096.001.0001

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The Formation of the Scottish Legal Mind in the Eighteenth Century: Themes of Humanism and Enlightenment in the Admission of Advocates

The Formation of the Scottish Legal Mind in the Eighteenth Century: Themes of Humanism and Enlightenment in the Admission of Advocates

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Law, Lawyers, and Humanism
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John W Cairns

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748682096.003.0011

This chapter explores the changing admission requirements of the Faculty of Advocates, arguing that developments in the seventeenth century reflected a Humanist legal culture, and expressed social and intellectual values and aspirations, rather than being focused on testing skills and knowledge needed for practice. It goes on to demonstrate that changes in admission requirements, through the eighteenth century, resulted from the growth of a new Enlightenment culture, while also reflecting a new understanding of the role of an advocate. While the author would not now accept all the details of the argument in this chapter, it is still the foundation of research that has provided a more nuanced understanding.

Keywords:   Scots law, law students, law schools, law education, Faculty of Advocates, admissions, humanist legal culture

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