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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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Eighteenth-Century Professorial Classification of English Common Law

Eighteenth-Century Professorial Classification of English Common Law

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(p.462) 16 Eighteenth-Century Professorial Classification of English Common Law
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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/9780748682096.003.0016

This chapter assesses the work of Sir Robert Chambers by comparing it with that of other professors of English law. It focuses on the analytical structure Chambers gave to English law. The first part briefly discusses the early history of university lectures and, in particular, the adoption of the structure of Justinian’s Institutes. This is followed by an account of the problems encountered by professors of English law in setting forth their subject, and of the solutions they adopted. The third section provides a detailed analysis of the structure Chambers used for his lectures in comparison with that used by Blackstone. This is followed by some general conclusions and observations.

Keywords:   English law, legal education, Robert Chambers, law professors, Justinian’s Institutes

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