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New to the university? Or this part of London? This guide aims to help you find your feet!

Info for new students

University of London Law Schools






You are within walking distance of...

  • The British Library
  • The British Museum
  • The Inns of Court
  • The Royal Courts of Justice
  • Euston, Holborn and King's Cross St Pancras stations
  • Covent Garden
  • The River Thames


Welcome to the heart of one of the most vibrant and multicultural cities in the world! This guide aims to pull together all of the useful information, facts, figures and links that you will need to help you make the transition from confused new student to confident old-timer!

New Admissions

The Institute welcomes visiting legal researchers from any university worldwide. To apply for membership you just need to complete and submit one of our application forms and supply proof of your current academic status and registration. (IALS and the School of Advanced Study's own students, staff and fellows can apply for a SAScard).

Members of academic staff of any university are admitted for the current academic year.

Postgraduate research students of any university are admitted for the current academic year:

  • from University of London on proof of registration (eg current student card)
  • from other universities with a letter of introduction confirming current registration from their tutor or department administrator (for each academic year).

Non-University researchers with legal training are admitted on payment of a fee.

Postgraduate taught-course students, except those registered at the University of London, are not admitted.

Undergraduates are not normally admitted.

Limited temporary admission is permitted for University of London undergraduates on recommendation by letter from their tutor or law librarian. The letter should state that the student needs access to consult specialist materials in a particular area of foreign or international law that are not available at their college library. It is not necessary to list the specific items to be consulted. IALS reserves the right to re-direct the student to another, more appropriate library for their needs.

Students taking professional / vocational examinations are not admitted.

Where to find us

The Institute of Advanced legal Studies is located at:

17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR.

The main switchboard is 020 7862 5800.


The nearest tube is Russell Square.

Photo of the Institute, Charles Clore House