jurist n[Middle French juriste , from Medieval Latin jurista , from Latin jur- jus law]
: an individual having a thorough knowledge of law
: judge [the state's top violated the U.S. Constitution when he banned the filming "National Law Journal "]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.