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Training at IALS Library: PhD students

An introduction to research skills training offered by the IALS Library


PhD students and other postgraduate researchers are welcome to attend any of the training mentioned in this guide. We welcome PhD students and researchers from any university in the UK and overseas, not just those attached to the University of London. In addition to the training listed elsewhere in this guide, we offer training specifically for PhD students.

Road shows

Library road shows are held each Spring at law schools across the UK. They are for PhD, MPhil and other research students, law librarians and teaching staff. At each road show we highlight the national role of the IALS Library, outline the world class collections of the library and demonstrate the legal databases that researchers can access remotely without ever needing to set foot in London. We also provide demonstrations of the free online legal research tools that IALS has developed for the legal research community across the country, all of which are freely available on the IALS website.

2017/18 programme

In 2018, we will be visiting:

  • Bangor, 20 February 2018
  • Birmingham, 7 March 2018
  • Southampton 18 April 2018

If you would like us to visit your law school please contact us. For details of previous road shows please click here.


Academics from University of Plymouth at road show in 2013


Hester Swift presenting at Newcastle University road show in 2014

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How to Get a PhD in Law

IALS offers a popular programme of National Training Days to assist MPhil and PhD students in law registered at universities across the UK. This programme provides the chance for informative discussion, legal research guidance and opportunities for networking. MPhil and PhD law students from across the UK are warmly invited to attend these specially tailored days of presentations and networking opportunities.

Further details will be posted at

PhD Day 2014

Socio-Legal Research Methods

A series of socio-legal research training days is organised collaboratively by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), the Socio-Legal Studies Association and the British Library. The one-day events offer insights and shared experience in research methods and sources relevant to particular socio-legal topics, with presentation materials, discussion on best practice and networking opportunities at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

The next training day is titled Socio-Legal Sources and Methods in Social Welfare and Family Law and it will take place on 18 May 2018. Book your place here.

Legal Research Methods

IALS offers a popular Introduction to Legal Research Methods to assist MPhil and PhD students in law registered at universities across the UK. This course provides the chance to explore a range of research methodologies that may be relevant to MPhil or PhD research in law and legally related fields. The next course will take place in January 2019.