How to get a PhD in Law - Sample Programmes and Speakers

Sample Programmes

PhD Day One programme

Day 1 The PhD in Law and research methods   
Saturday 25th November 2017. Book online. 

Topics to be covered include:

  • Becoming a legal researcher: what is a PhD in Law?
  • Literature reviews
  • Comparative Legal Research
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research for PhDs
  • IALS Library: successful researching using our electronic resources
  • Optional tours of the IALS Library led by senior library staff.

PhD Day Two Programme

Day 2 The PhD journey: Supervision, research ethics and preparing yourself for upgrade and vivas
Friday 2nd March 2018. Book online.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The PhD journey: The staging posts of your PhD and support for research students
  • Handling the supervision relationship
  • Preparing for the Ethics Committee
  • Preparing for upgrade viva and the PhD viva
  • The foreign, international and comparative law research collections at IALS Library
  • Student led discussion
  • Optional tours of the IALS Library led by senior library staff.

PhD Day Three Programme

Day 3: Researching, disseminating and publishing in the digital world
Friday 11th May 2018. Book online.

Topics to be covered include:

  • The PhD in law in the digital world
  • Legal writing
  • Disseminating your legal research
  • Getting your research published in journals
  • What books are law publishers looking to publish?
  • Publishing in Open Access online law journals
  • Tips on keeping up-to-date with your topic after completion


Speakers in the series of How to get a PhD in Law Training Days at IALS include:

  • Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, IALS
  • David Gee, Deputy Librarian, IALS
  • Laura Griffiths, Academic Services Librarian, IALS
  • Dr Natasa Mavronicola, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Birmingham
  • Sinead Moloney, Publisher, Hart Publishing, Oxford
  • Dr Nora NiLoideain, IALS
  • Professor Avrom Sherr, Emeritus Professor of Law, IALS
  • Dr Constantin Stefanou, Director of Taught Programmes and Senior Lecturer in Law, Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies, IALS
  • Rachel Stickland, Deputy Registrar, School of Advanced Study
  • IALS Research Students
  • Hester Swift , Foreign and International Law Librarian, IALS
  • Dr Judith Townend, University of Sussex
  • Joe Ury, Executive Director, BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute), IALS
  • Professor Lisa Webley, Professor of Empirical Legal Studies, University of Westminster and IALS
  • Steve Whittle, Information Systems Manager, IALS
  • Professor Jane Winters, Professor of Digital Humanities, School of Advanced Study
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