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dlyng
Posted: Sunday, August 7, 2011 12:25:42 PM
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Why not 'Attorney of Law', or 'Attorney in Law'?

Or 'Attorney'?
Mister Micawber
Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 8:58:42 AM

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— at law
: under or within the provisions of the law <enforceable at law>
MTC
Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 10:12:08 AM
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The expression Attorney at Law arose out of the historical split in the English legal system between common law and equity. Before 1873 there were two parallel court systems: Courts of Law that could award monetary damages , and Courts of Equity that could issue injunctions (court orders to do or not do something.) Those who practiced in the Courts of Law were called Attorneys at Law; those who practiced in the Courts of Equity were called Solicitors. The at in Attorney at Law probably arose from the notion that Attorneys were at bar, the railing that separated the Judge and working area of the courtroom from the rest of the courtroom. Attorneys, once qualified, were said to be "admitted to the bar" and cases were said to be "at bar" when Attorneys argued them to the court. At makes sense in this context when you consider it is the preposition that express location or arrival in a particular place or position.

After 1873 the English system system reclassified lawyers into barristers who practice in court, and solicitors who for the most part do not. In America, all Attorneys or Attorneys at Law (no difference) are permitted to practice in court.
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