Thursday, 21 May 2020

Current Legal Research Topics Database - MPhil/PhD students

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies collates information on current MPhil / PhD research from institutions across the UK, and stores it in the CLRT database. This can be a useful way of finding out if there are others researching in a similar area to your own, giving you the chance to get in touch with them and expand your academic network. 
The team at IALS rely on current research students getting in touch with them, so if you'd like the details of your research added, then please contact them via

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

IALS Library - online resources available to members during the closure of the library building

If you are a member of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies library, then you will be able to access their collection of eBooks whilst they are closed.

LLM, PhD and academic staff can join the library. Any postgraduate students or academics who are not currently IALS Library members but wish to access these e-resources, can become library members remotely. Admission details and application forms are here:

Any queries, please email the Reference Desk team:

Monday, 6 January 2020

New Criminology libguide

Previously linked with Law in an online library guide, Criminology has now come out of the shadows and has its own guide, providing information on a variety of resources available to Criminology students, highlighting those collections which are likely to be of most use in your studies.

Screen shot of the Criminology libguide homepage

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Hein Online Libguides

Hein Online has launched a series of online guides. The aim is to provide a guide for each collection within Hein, and each one will feature information on collection content, search tips, training materials and more. The link through to all guides can be found at: 

For many Birkbeck users of Hein, the Law Journal Library will be the resource that they are most familiar with, and this already has its own guide at:

These are worth a look both for new and more experienced users. 

Image of Law Journal Library Libguide

Monday, 4 November 2019

Free events at the LSE - part of the Women's Legal Landmarks project

The London School of Economics is hosting the following events, part of a series linked to the Women's Legal Landmarks project. They're free to attend, but you need to register.

12 November 5-6pm -  In conversation on the Married Women’s Property Acts 1882 and 1964

11 December 6-7.30pm – Mari Takayanagi (Parliamentary Archives) discusses the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919

Thursday, 24 October 2019

How to get a PhD in Law: national research training days at IALS

Details of this year's IALS research training days have been released, each day costs £75 for students to attend and the full programme can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Day 1, 30 Nov 2019: The PhD in Law and research methods

Day 2, 11 March 2020: The PhD journey: supervision, research ethics and preparing yourself for upgrade and vivas

Day 3, 22 May 2020: Researching, disseminating and publishing in the digital world

Thursday, 12 September 2019

IALS - closed for stock take, and information on how to get your new library card

The latest issue of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies library newsletter includes the following information. If you're a regular user then please take note!

Annual stocktake closure

IALS library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 13th September for our annual stocktaking. The library will reopen at 9am on Monday 30th September. Readers will still be able to access online resources, including thousands of e-books, using the Library catalogue and the Electronic Law Library.

Apply for a new library card

As of the autumn term there will be new library cards for students and academic members of IALS Library. If your status as a student or academic has not changed then you can reapply for a new card, either in person or electronically, from 1st October. University of London academic staff will be sent their new card automatically. To find out more about access, see If in doubt, please email our admissions team who will be happy to advise you: