Faithful Magistrates and Republican Lawyers

A. G. Roeber.

Published 1981. Order online through The University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0-8078-9766-9.

Until the mid-1700s, law was not thought of as a science or profession. Most Virginians adhered to the English country tradition that considered law to be a local and personal affair. The growth of cities and business, however, guaranteed that disputes would spill over county boundaries. As law proliferated and became more complex, it encouraged the growth of a legal profession composed of men who shared specialized knowledge of law and the courts.


“Provides new and valuable evidence of the degree to which the legal profession had its way in remodeling the judicial system of Jefferson’s Virginia.”
– North Carolina Historical Review

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