The Society for Advanced Legal Studies at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is a learned society consisting of scholars, practitioners and those involved in the administration of justice from the UK and around the world. Its objectives are to promote and facilitate legal research at an advanced level and in particular to engender greater collaboration between scholars and those involved in the practice of law. The Society seeks to achieve these objectives through a number of initiatives including organising and supporting specialised working groups, lectures and conferences.
Of special importance to the Society is its journal Amicus Curiae, published four times a year. It is provided to members of the Society and to Law Schools free of charge.
Membership as an Associate Fellow of the Society costs just £75.00 per year and is available to all those who have a post-graduate degree in law or who hold a professional qualification in the law. Associate Fellows are entitled to ten one-day reader's tickets to the IALS Global Law Library at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies each year. Election to a Fellowship of the Society will be considered for those who distinguish themselves in scholarship and or practice. Those of special distinction may be invited to accept an Honorary Fellowship. 10 Year membership, Lifetime membership and Student membership rates are also available.
The Society's Executive Committee is chaired by Professor Avrom Sherr, Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, while its Advisory Council, made up of 30 members, is presided over by The Rt. Hon. The Lord Scott of Foscote.
The Society for Advanced Legal Studies was formally inaugurated on 11 June 1997 by HRH the Princess Royal when she visited the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. The former Director of IALS, Professor Terence Daintith was the inspiration behind the establishment of the Friends of the Institute, whose purpose was to provide a means for those who had an association with the Institute to remain in contact with it and to support its activities. This the Friends did very successfully. However, by its nature its role was limited and a number of those involved in running it felt that there might be support for a much more active organisation which was based at the Institute and seeking actively to foster and promote legal research by providing a vehicle for co-operation and collaboration between scholars, practitioners and the judiciary. A proposal to wind up the Friends and establish the Society was put to a special general meeting of the Friends in February 1997 and was passed with overwhelming support and the Society for Advanced Legal Studies (SALS) came into being, led by Professor Daintith's successor as Director of the Institute, Professor Barry Rider.