Politics is to politician as law is to what?

A hypernym for lawyer/judge/law student, etc.

Edit: Not only in the legal system, anyone practicing or researching the subject. Maybe politics wasn't the best example.

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    legal practitioner perhaps? – user16269 Jul 20 '12 at 7:53
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    This may vary from country to country. In Britain the generic word is 'lawyer'. Alternatively 'a member of the legal profession'. – Barrie England Jul 20 '12 at 8:02
  • Can you analogise what you are looking for? – coleopterist Jul 20 '12 at 8:57
  • @coleopterist, I'm having a hard time finding one. Maybe trying to sum "law expert" into one word. – JNF Jul 22 '12 at 5:58

The Bar usually refers to "lawyers or the legal profession" (see noun sense 14 in wiktionary) but I've occasionally seen it applied to the judiciary as well. (The judiciary is "The court system and judges considered collectively, the judicial branch of government".)

  • Sense 14 rather than 13. – coleopterist Jul 20 '12 at 8:22
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    That will absolutely not work in England and Wales (and I think Scotland, though I'm not certain), where the Bar (barristers) is one of two quite separate branches of the legal profession, the other being solicitors. – Colin Fine Jul 20 '12 at 10:18
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    When you become a judge, you move from the Bar to the Bench. I'd say the legal profession is closest; strictly speaking you aren't a professional until qualified, but it can be understood more loosely. – TimLymington Jul 20 '12 at 10:19
  • The Bar will not cover law students, paraplegals or researchers, and is usually used to refer to a particular level of court or jurisdiction. – bib Jul 20 '12 at 12:09
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    If I could type, I would have had an honest job and not ended up as a lawyer – bib Jul 20 '12 at 20:00

I'd generally say legal professionals.


Some of my law textbooks referred to such people as Jurisprudents:
— adj 1. skilled in jurisprudence or versed in the principles of law

— n 2. a jurisprudent person

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