Latin Legal Terms


Disco – this Latin verb literally means to learn, to become acquainted with. It forms the legal term “Discipulus” which refers to the figure of a disciple, student, learner or pupil. For example, in many jurisdictions the lawyers who pass the Bar Exam are certified as taught in law disciplines and entitled to work on the field of law.
In practice, the word participates in the phrase “disce aut discere”, which translates as “learn or leave”. This is the Motto of Royal College Colombo, located in Sri Lanka. The word participates also in the expression “disce quasi temper victurus; vive quasi cras moriturus”. It provides that you should learn as if you will always be alive; to live in a way as if tomorrow you will die.
“Disco” forms also the legal term “discooperta”, which literally means unprotected, uncovered.

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