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Training at IALS Library: PhD students

An introduction to research skills training offered by the IALS Library

Training at IALS Library

Training for PhD students

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.

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 and legal research guidance.

Day One: The PhD journey: Research ethics and preparing yourself for upgrade and vivas
17th March 2022


Day Two: The PhD in Law and Research Methods
29th April 2022


Day Three: Researching, disseminating and publishing in the digital world
18th May 2022


Further details are available at

PhD Day at IALS


IALS Library Roadshows

Each year we visit law schools across the UK to speak with postgraduate research students and academic staff about the resources and services avaialable at IALS Library; we call this the IALS Library Roadshow! At each roadshow 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.

Since March 2020 we have been offering 'virtual roadshows'.

If you would like to organise a roadshow for your law school please contact us at


Academics from University of Plymouth at road show

Hester Swift presenting at Newcastle University road show

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.

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 course last took place in January 2021; the next dates will be advertised on our Events pages.