I find issue with the preposition "at."

  • It is jargon for the lawyer field. Rules there may not always fit rules in general English.
    – Oldcat
    Commented May 1, 2014 at 18:02
  • The answer to to your question— why the preposition at is used in *at law*— is provided in the answers to the other question. The standard for marking a question as duplicate on Stack Exchange is that the same answer applies, not that the wording of a question is exactly the same.
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    Commented May 2, 2014 at 19:48
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    Commented May 7, 2014 at 7:12
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It is part of the historic transgression of their profession. Attorneys go to the courts to speak on their clients behalf. So they are in fact an attorney at law. Law represents the place at which the advocate for their client. It is simply an all encompassing word for any court or "law" ruling center that an attorney may represent their client.

  • There are also numerous courts (law, equity, maritime, etc) and historically attorneys were not necessarily authorized to appear at all of them.
    – bib
    Commented May 1, 2014 at 17:29
  • Transgression? I don't like lawyers, but are you sure that is the word you want there?
    – Oldcat
    Commented May 1, 2014 at 18:03
  • @Oldcat - I used it to be ironic. Maybe it doesn't come across well. Commented May 1, 2014 at 21:34