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 for jurist
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Jurist \Ju`rist\, n. [F. juriste, LL. jurista, fr. L. jus,
     juris, right, law. See Just, a.]
     One who professes the science of law; one versed in the law,
     especially in the civil law, such as a judge, lawyer, or
     legal scholar; a writer on civil and international law.
     [1913 Webster]
           It has ever been the method of public jurists to draw a
           great part of the analogies on which they form the law
           of nations from the principles of law which prevail in
           civil community.                         --Burke.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a legal scholar versed in civil law or the law of nations
           [syn: jurist, legal expert]
      2: a public official authorized to decide questions brought
         before a court of justice [syn: judge, justice, jurist]

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  JURIST. One well versed in the science of the law. The term is usually 
  applied to students and practitioners of law. 

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