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In addition to its own institutional archive, the IALS Archive holds archive material of various organisations and individuals connected to legal education.

The complete list of collections is below; click each link to learn more about the collection and access the catalogue.

Please remember to cite any material you consult in your research outputs and use the following standard citation model: 

[description of item], [name of archive collection], [exact reference], IALS Archives, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

For example: 

Examinations performance records 1861-1957, Council of Legal Education Archive, A.CLE 11/11 M1920-M1922 No 11, IALS Archives, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

IALS Archives

Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct: press cuttings

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Reference: ACLEC 
Title: Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct: press cuttings
Dates: 1991-1999
Level of description: collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 9 archive boxes
Name of creator: Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct
Catalogue last updated: March 2022

CONTEXT

Administrative history: the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee (ACLEC) was established in 1991 under the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990.  The Committee had the general duty of assisting in the maintenance and development of standards in the education, training and conduct of those offering legal services.  In the field of legal education and training, its brief was as follows:

  1. 1. to keep under review the education and training of those who offer to provide legal services;
  2. to consider the need for continuing education and training for such persons and the form it should take;
  3. to consider the steps which professional and other bodies should take to ensure that their members benefit from such continuing education and training.

ACLEC was abolished by Statutory Instrument 1999 No.3296.  Its functions were taken over by a new Legal Services Consultative Panel within the Lord Chancellor’s Department.

CONTENT 

Scope and content: the material comprises press cuttings for 1991 and 1993-1999 (cuttings for 1992 are missing).  The cuttings refer to items of interest to, and relating to, ACLEC in areas such as legal education and training, conduct, complaints, equal opportunities, legal aid and overseas issues.  

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: the cuttings are arranged chronologically; within each chronological grouping (approximately one month) they are further arranged into subject headings, with a descriptive note at the front of each group of cuttings.  Each group has been allocated a number, which is included in the item description below; some are missing e.g. all for 1992; nos 9-12 for 1999.

Accruals: no further accruals are expected.

Access: open

Copyright: refer to individual items for newspaper references; copyright resides with the relevant publication.  Copyright in the summary lists at the front of each monthly collection belongs to the Lord Chancellor’s Department.  

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION 

Archival history: in 1999 a set of press cuttings relating to ACLEC’s activities was offered by the ACLEC Secretary to Avrom Sherr, Woolf Professor of Legal Education at IALS.  Professor Sherr passed them to the Records of Legal Education Archives (now part of the IALS Archives) in 2000.  

Terms of deposit: none.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: the IALS Archives holds some material of the Advisory Committee on Legal Education, the predecessor body to ACLEC, as follows:  

  • Dr S B Marsh’s papers as a member of the Advisory Committee are in the IALS Archives’ collection of Marsh papers (ref: MARSH 02). 
  • Professor James Read's papers as a member of the Advisory Committee will be found in the IALS Archives’ READ collection (ref: READ 01). 
  • The Council of Legal Education’s annotated copies of Committee papers are in the CLE collection in the IALS Archives (ref: CLE 58).

Related material available elsewhere: ACLEC was a statutory body whose records were transferred to The National Archives (TNA). They will be found under the following TNA class numbers:

  • KP1 Registered files 1991-1999
  • KP2 Publications 1991-1999 

The Committee also produced an annual report detailing its activities and several other publications, most of which should be available in law libraries.  Digital copies of the Annual Reports from 1991-1995 are available on the Ministry for Justice website here: https://www.gov.uk/search/all?keywords=Lord+chancellor%27s+Advisory+Committee&order=relevance

A second set of press cuttings is held by Warwick University.  

DESCRIPTION NOTES 

Archivist's note

Rules or conventions: original catalogue compiled in 2000 by Clare Cowling, Archivist. The catalogue was updated in 2020 and 2022 by Clare Cowling.

The catalogue has been compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

ALT: Association of Law Teachers

Association of Law Teachers Archive

Association of Law Teachers: Archives, 1965-2011

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CONTACT DETAILS OF ORGANISATION AT TIME OF WRITING

Membership Secretary: Charlotte Harrison, Portsmouth University
Email:  charlotte.harrison@port.ac.uk
Website:  http://lawteacher.ac.uk/

IDENTITY STATEMENT

Archive Reference: ALT  
Title: Association of Law Teachers Archives
Dates:  1965-2011
Level of description: collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 8 archive boxes of paper files (2 linear metres)
Name of creator: Association of Law Teachers
Catalogue last updated: June 2021

CONTEXT

Administrative History
Foundation: the Association of Law Teachers (ALT) was conceived in 1965 by a group of law teachers from institutions other than universities who met at Taplow in Buckinghamshire to discuss the particular problems of teaching law faced by such institutions.  The following year a steering committee met in London to officially establish the ALT to represent the growing interest in law in Regional Colleges of Technology, further education colleges and schools.  Initial funding came from the publishers Sweet & Maxwell.  

Aims: in its Constitution, the objects of the ALT were laid down as follows:

a) to further the advancement, development, study, understanding, use and reformof the educational aspects of law and its teaching;

b) to represent and make known the views of its members upon matters relating to or affecting their professional interests as teachers of law;

c) to establish and support or aid in the establishment and support of associations and institutions calculated to benefit the objects of the Association or the members of the Association or the dependants or connections of such members and to subscribe to or guarantee money for charitable or benevolent objects or for any public, general or useful object;

d) to do all things consistent with these objects considered by the Association or its Committee to be necessary, conducive or incidental to the promotion of the professional, social or general welfare of its members.

 

Membership: the present membership of the ALT is drawn from teachers in higher (largely, but not exclusively the new universities), further and tertiary education.  It focuses primarily on the pedagogy and androgogy of law, teaching and learning methods and assessment, and fosters research in these fields, including the 1993 and 1997 Harris surveys of legal education (Harris, P and Bellerby, S. with Leighton, P and Hodgson, J, A Survey of Law Teaching 1997, ALT, 1993; Harris, P and Jones, M, "A Survey of Law Schools in the United Kingdom", (1997), The Law Teacher 38).  Until about 1990 the ALT was the only representative body for Polytechnic law teachers, and in the 1970s and 1980s it also provided a general forum for discussion of doctrinal legal issues.  This remains a subsidiary function.

Activities: the ALT's activities are run by a Committee comprising an elected Chairman, Vice-chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, plus five elected members and some co-opted members.  Regular events include the Upjohn Lecture, the Annual Conference and one-day conferences.  The ALT makes representations to a variety of official bodies concerning all aspects of law teaching, and is also represented on a number of these bodies.  It has close links with the SPTL, which represents university law teachers.  The ALT produces a regular Bulletin and a Journal, and a history of the Association has been written by a former President, Dr S B Marsh (The Association of Law Teachers: the first 25 years, ALT, 1990).

Publications: Harris, P and Bellerby, S with Leighton, P and Hodgson, J, A Survey of Law Teaching 1997 (ALT, 1993); Harris, P and Jones, M, "A Survey of Law Schools in the United Kingdom", (1997), The Law Teacher 38; Dr S B Marsh The Association of Law Teachers: the first 25 years (ALT, 1990); the ALT produces a regular Bulletin and a Journal.

CONTENT 

Scope and content: the archive of the Association of Law Teachers comprises agenda, minutes and papers of the Committee of the ALT and its predecessors, 1965-1996; minutes and papers of Annual General Meetings, 1968-1996; accounts, reports and papers presented to Committee and to AGMs, 1976-1992; legal documents, reference papers and lists of officers, 1974-1993; correspondence, 1979-1994; papers relating to Annual Conferences, 1965-1994; editions of the ALT Bulletin, 1966-1997; Journal of the ALT, later The Law Teacher, 1967-1997; Directory of Members, 1969-1996; ALT Handbook, [1980]; ALT papers distributed to members, 1967-1972; miscellaneous ALT publications and offprints, 1980-1993. 

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English 
System of arrangement: arranged in series as in Scope and Content.
Conditions governing access:  open
Conditions governing reproduction: copies may be made for private use.  Requests for permission to publish any material copied or extracts thereof should be made to the copyright holder.  A Copyright Declaration – request for copies or a  Copyright Declaration - self service photography form must be completed. 
Copyright: copyright was transferred to the IALS Archives in 1996.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION 

Archival history: the surviving archive of the ALT was transferred as a gift to the Records of Legal Education Archives (now subsumed into the IALS Archives) by the Secretary, John Hodgson, of Nottingham Trent University, in 1996.  Some related papers and printed material were deposited by Dr Marsh and by Professor James Read of SOAS in 1997.
Immediate source of acquisition: a file detailing the transfer and terms of deposit is held in the Records of Legal Education Project collection at RLEP 8/1.
Terms of deposit: original deposit transferred by Deed of Gift in 1996.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:  the records were appraised, weeded, removed from their original containers and placed in acid-free folders and boxes by the Archivist.  Original file titles are noted in the item list below.
Accruals: further transfers of records are expected. 

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: a history of the first 25 years of the ALT was produced by Dr S B Marsh in 1990 and published as: The Association of Law Teachers; the First 25 Years, ALT, 1990.

DESCRIPTION NOTES 

Archivist's note: rules or conventions: original catalogue compiled in 1998 by Clare Cowling, Archivist.  It was updated in 2020/21.  The catalogue has been compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

BARR: Barrow Inquiry Papers

Barrow Inquiry Papers

The Committee of Inquiry into Equal Opportunities at the Inns of Court School of Law

Historical background

The Committee of Inquiry was established in March 1993 "to conduct a wide-ranging investigation into the policies and practices of the Council of Legal Education (CLE) and the Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL). The creation of the Committee was partly in response to a large disparity in pass rates between black and ethnic minority students and white students on the Bar Vocational Course (BVC), uncovered by ethnic monitoring of the 1991/1992 intake, and partly in response to the large body of complaints about the course which had been lodged with the General Council of the Bar, and the CLE itself." (Final Report, Apr 1994, Introduction 3.1 p.8).

Membership and terms of reference

The Inquiry was chaired by Dame Jocelyn Barrow (Deputy Chairman, Broadcasting Standards Council), from whom the short title "Barrow Inquiry" derives. Its members were Ruth Deech (Principal, St Anne's College Oxford), Jo Larbie (Director of Legal Education and Training of the Legal Resources Group), Rajeev Loomba (course leader for the Legal Practice Course, University of Northumbria) and David J Smith (Senior Fellow, Policy Studies Institute).

The Inquiry's terms of reference were to identify the reasons for disparities in the level of performance of ethnic minorities on the BVC from 1991/92, to investigate allegations of racial discrimination and to investigate and make recommendations on teaching, assessment and pastoral care of students and for the further development of an equal opportunities policy by the CLE.

Methodology

The Inquiry employed a number of research methods as follows:

1. Statistical analysis, using as a starting point Dr Christopher Dewberry's 1991/1992 analysis of disparities between white and ethnic minority student pass rates; the Inquiry conducted further similar surveys and analyses.
2. Qualitative research, including:
- oral hearings of evidence such as interviews with students, staff, assessors, CLE and General Council of the Bar members;
- written submissions from interested parties;
- comments from students, followed by an analysis by Dr Robin Oakley.
3. Direct observation of teaching and assessment.
4. Collection and analysis of teaching materials relating to the BVC.
5. Following the Interim Report of September 1993, provision of a formal submission from the ICSL/CLE on teaching, assessment and pastoral care.
6. Consideration of the complaints of 29 individual students.
7. Comparison of the BVC with other jurisdictions, in the UK and abroad.

Barrow Inquiry Papers at IALS

The records listed below comprise papers transferred to the Records of Legal Education Archives at IALS by Mrs Ruth Deech, Principal of St Anne's College, Oxford, and a member of the Inquiry team. They do not comprise the official papers of the Inquiry, which are held elsewhere, and do not form a complete set. They do include the bulk of the material collected by the various methods outlined above. The class list attempts to mirror the methodology of the Inquiry as closely as possible, whilst still adhering to any existing filing and numbering systems employed during the Inquiry (document numbers allocated by the Inquiry are noted in bold type in the Handlist). Certain information, such as the oral submissions and individual questionnaire, is not extant, due to guarantees of confidentiality. One or two other documents are also missing from the archive; where this is the case it is noted in the handlist by the use of the archival term "wanting".

Most secondary source material collected during the Inquiry, such as information comparing the BVC with other jurisdictions, is not included in the papers but is listed in the Final Report. The Final Report of the Committee (Equal Opportunities at the Inns of Court School of Law: the Final Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Equal Opportunities on the Bar Vocational Course, published April 1994) will be found at A.BARR 16 in the archive, as well as in most law libraries, including the IALS Library.

BARROW ARCHIVES: CLASS LIST

Quantity: 9 boxes
Access: closed for 50 years after the last date on each file, other than the printed/published material at A.BARR7, A.BARR11, A.BARR14 and A.BARR16, plus all pieces in A.BARR12 except the ICSL Handbooks.

CLASS LIST

Ref Dates Description

A.BARR1

1993-1994

Terms of reference and background to Inquiry

A.BARR2

1993

Direct observations of teaching and assessment

A.BARR3

1992-1993

Background information collected by the Inquiry

A.BARR4

1991-1994

Information on admissions policy and procedures

A.BARR5

1993

Student questionnaire

A.BARR6

1990-1993

Information on assessment and review

A.BARR7

1990-1992

Information on course content

A.BARR8

1992-1993

Documents relating to staff training

A.BARR9

1989-1994

Documents relating to student welfare

A.BARR10

1991-1992

Collection and analysis of teaching materials - course outlines, practical training excercises and instructors' teaching packs

A.BARR11

1991-1992

Collection and analysis of teaching materials - ICSL manuals

A.BARR12

1990-1993

Collection and analysis of teaching materials - printed material

A.BARR13

1993

Consideration of complaints of individual students

A.BARR14

1993

Interim Report of the Committee of Inquiry

A.BARR15

[1993]

CLE/ICSL response to the Interim Report

A.BARR16

1994

Final Report of the Committee of Inquiry

BCO: General Council of the Bar

General Council of the Bar Archive catalogue

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CONTACT DETAILS OF ORGANISATION AT TIME OF WRITING

Address: The Bar Council, 289-293 High Holborn, London WC1V 7HZ
Secretary: Natalie Zara, Head of Governance 
Telephone: 020 7242 0082
Emailnzara@barcouncil.org.uk 
Websitehttps://www.barcouncil.org.uk/

IDENTITY STATEMENT

Reference code: BCO
Held at: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS)
Title: The Bar Council Archives
Date(s):  1883-1999
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent and form: 117 volumes, 45 files, 28 booklets and 113 documents
Name of creator(s): The Bar Council
Catalogue last updated: July 2020 

CONTEXT 

Administrative history: The General Council of the Bar (now The Bar Council) was created in 1894 to deal with breaches of a barrister's professional etiquette, something that had previously been handled by the judiciary.  Along with the Inns of Court it formed the Senate of the Inns of Court and the Bar in 1974, a union that was broken up on 1 January 1987 following a report by Lord Rawlinson. The Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 designated the Bar Council as the professional body for barristers, with the role as a regulatory body being split off in 2006 to form the Bar Standards Board.  

The Bar Council is the professional association for barristers in England and Wales.  

CONTENT 

Scope and content:  includes: Minutes, Agenda & Papers of the Council and committees; Regulations and Bylaws; Correspondence; Subject files; Publications; Bar Council Reports; Annual Statements; Submissions to Royal Commissions and external bodies; Royal Commission Reports; Senate of the Four Inns of Court minutes and statements.

ACCESS AND USE 

Language/scripts of material: English 

System of arrangement: chronologically within series unless otherwise stated.
Conditions governing access: printed and published material open. Unpublished material open after 20 years other than material closed for 75 years in accordance with the Data Protection Act or for reasons of confidentiality and to protect personal privacy; access conditions are specified in the individual series descriptions. Closed items are designated in red.

Conditions governing reproduction: copies may be made for private use.  Copying of material is at the archivist’s discretion. Some material may be too fragile for copying. Requests for permission to publish any material copied or extracts thereof should be made to the copyright holder.  A Copyright Declaration – request for copies or a Copyright Declaration - self service photography form must be completed. 

Copyright: The Bar Council

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION 

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: the collection consists of all the surviving material up to 1999 relating to The Bar Council and, with the exception of duplicates, has been preserved in its entirety.

Accruals: Further accruals are not expected.
Archival history: The records were transferred from The Bar Council to the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in 2012.

Immediate source of acquisition: The Bar Council

ALLIED MATERIALS 

Other archive material relating to the history of the Bar is included in the Council of Legal Education archives (held at IALS Archives: ref CLE) and in the Archives of the Inns of Court.

DESCRIPTION NOTES 

Archivist's note: Original catalogue compiled by Elizabeth Dawson inn 2014.  Further accruals were catalogued by Catherine Wakeling, with additional material by George Bray and Elizabeth Dawson.  The catalogue was updated in 2020 by Clare Cowling.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997. 

BIALL: British and Irish Association of Law Librarians

British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) Archive at IALS

British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) Archives, 1969-2017

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CONTACT DETAILS OF ORGANISATION AT TIME OF WRITING

Email:  https://biall.org.uk/contact-us/
BIALL Secretarysecretary@biall.org.uk
Website:  https://biall.org.uk/  

IDENTITY STATEMENT

Reference: BIALL 
Title: British and Irish Association of Law Librarians Archives
Dates: 1969-2021
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 68 archive boxes (17 linear metres); 27 PDF files (72GB)
Name of creator: British and Irish Association of Law Librarians
Catalogue last updated: October 2022 

CONTEXT

Administrative History:

Foundation: The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) arose from an Ad Hoc Committee which was convened at the First Workshop on Law Librarianship, Leeds, 1968.  The purpose of the Ad Hoc Committee was to investigate the possibility of setting up a British equivalent to the International Association of Law Libraries.
BIALL was formally established on 16 April 1969 at the Second Workshop on Law Librarianship, in Harrogate.  The first AGM was held in September that year.  Although affiliation to other groups such as the International Association of Law Librarians and The Library Association had been suggested, BIALL was set up as an independent body. 

Aims: The original aims of the organisation were: to hold conferences and provide forums for people to meet and discuss questions relating to law libraries; to promote the better administration of law libraries; to promote the role of law librarian; to promote bibliographical study and research; to publish information of interest to the membership; and to work with other bodies for the benefit of the Association.  By 2010 these aims had been re-cast as:

  • To promote better administration and exploitation of law libraries and legal information units.       
  • To enhance the professionalism and status of the legal information profession.
  • To generally benefit members of BIALL in their work.       
  • To unite and co-ordinate the interests, opinions and activities of legal information professionals into a single influential voice.

Management and administration:

BIALL is managed by a Council (called the Executive Committee until 1983) and a variety of Standing Committees and Sub-Committees.  The activities of the organisation are governed by the Constitution, Regulations and Standing Orders.
The original officers were a President and Vice-President, Chairman, the Honorary Secretary and Treasurer, and the Honorary Editor, whilst the Executive Committee comprised five members.

Administrative Chronology:

  • 1969 First Constitution produced.
  • 1972 Rules were amended regarding membership and limited the number of times the chairman could seek re-election.
  • 1976 Roles of Hon. Secretary and Treasurer were split.
  • 1978 Rules were amended to permit postal voting (Standing Order No.1); membership categories were clarified; the Editorial Board for The Law Librarian was formed.
  • 1983 Executive Committee was renamed Council; additional membership categories were introduced; six standing committees of Council were appointed (Cataloguing and Classification; Library Provision and Information Services; Education and Training; Publications; Official Publications; Editorial Board of the Journal), some continuing the work of previously-existing committees.
  • 1987 Amendment to a Regulation was passed at the 1987 AGM and the position of Membership Secretary was created, and the Honorary Secretary’s work re membership was transferred to this post.
  • 1988 Three further standing orders were introduced regarding Joint Ventures and Membership.
  • 1989 Constitution amended to make the Membership Secretary an Officer of BIALL.
  • 1994  A review of the structure of BIALL in 1992-1993 resulted in the 1994 Constitution: offices of Vice-Chair and Immediate Past-Chair; Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer were elected for 2 year terms and eligible for one re-election; Hon Editor and Membership Secretary were removed from Council.
  • 1995 Editorship of The Law Librarian became a paid post.
  • 2007 Constitution amended.
  • 2008 Regulations were amended and the offices of Chair, Vice-Chair and Immediate Past-Chair were renamed President, President Elect and Immediate Past President.

Until 1999, the Association’s financial year ran from 1 July to 30 June.  From 1999, it ran from 1 April to 31 March.

Activities Chronology:

  • 1970 First issue of The Law Librarian issued; first Annual Study Conference organised.
  • 1971 Report on Co-operation produced; Duplicates Exchange Scheme set up.
  • 1976 Manual of Law Librarianship published; Directory of Law Libraries in the British Isles published.
  • 1980 Leaflet on careers in law librarianship produced for the first time; survey of staffing levels in university law libraries.
  • 1981 Standards for Law Libraries published.
  • 1983 Newsletter launched; Recommended Holdings for Law Libraries, an appendix to the 1981 Standards for Law Libraries published.
  • 1984 First Salary Survey conducted, published in The Law Librarian in 1985.
  • 1987 Manual of Law Librarianship 2nd ed published.
  • 1991 Award set up in Wallace Breem’s memory.
  • 1996 BIALL website launched.
  • 1998 SIGs dissolved.
  • 1999 AGM and Annual Study Conference moved from September to June; Law and Order: trends in legal information provision published.
  • 2000 Publication of A History of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians 1969-1999 by Mary Blake with the assistance of Derek Way.
  • 2001 The Law Librarian renamed Legal Information Management.
  • 2004 Award of first Betty Moys Bursary.
  • 2005 First Willi Steiner Memorial Lecture; BIALL Code of Good Practice for Legal Publishers launched.

Sources

  • A History of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians 1969-1999 by Mary Blake (for a copy see BIALL 11/01)
  • Highlights from BIALL’s History, https://biall.org.uk/history/, accessed 23 March 2020.

CONTENT 

Scope and content: The collection comprises the working papers of BIALL, covering governance and management, administration, financial records, membership matters, conferences and publications.
Of the original deposit of material (BIALL 01 to BIALL 27), series BIALL 01 to BIALL 25 comprised the papers created, gathered and arranged by Mary Blake in her roles as BIALL’s Honorary Secretary, Vice President and President, its historian and its honorary archivist.  The files represent a working filing system which supported these five roles.  
BIALL 01 to BIALL 08 were designated by Blake as primary records and comprise AGM papers, records of the Annual Study Conference and its administration, the constitutional records of BIALL, and Council Minutes and papers.  Further papers have been added to these series as they were received.
BIALL 09 to BIALL 25 were designated as secondary files and are effectively a set of subject files.  In particular, the Committees series (BIALL 14) contains minutes, annual reports and reports from the various Standing and Sub-Committees which have been convened by BIALL.  These files often contain photocopies of subject-relevant material from elsewhere in the collection, as well as Mary Blake’s own annotations regarding the history of a committee or indicating where minutes have not been transferred to the archive.
In addition to this filing structure, in the original deposit of material there were also:

  • Publications (BIALL 26)
  • Records of the Legal Information Management Editorial Board which had been transferred to Mary Blake but had not been integrated into the filing structure (BIALL 27)

Subsequent accruals of material (BIALL 28 onwards) were received as separate deposits from officers and former officers of BIALL.  These have been either arranged into separate series or added as continuations to existing series.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English and German.

System of arrangement

Series BIALL 01 to BIALL 27 inclusive form the first deposit of records.  BIALL 01 to BIALL 25 had been arranged by Mary Blake, Honorary Archivist, prior to the material being transferred to IALS.  The records had been consciously arranged and files deliberately constructed in order to present the history of BIALL. This structure was preserved during the first cataloguing project. In addition, there were two other sets of material which had not been integrated into this structure: the files of the Legal Information Management Editorial Board (BIALL 27) and publications (BIALL 26). 

Accruals received between 2010 and 2014 were catalogued in 2014 either as new series (from BIALL 28 onwards) or added to existing series as appropriate.

A separate set of material, received from the Executors of the estate of Elizabeth Moys, has been catalogued as a separate collection as it relates to her publications rather than her work with BIALL and is, in effect, a separate collection which had been deposited with BIALL. It is held in the IALS Archives as ref: MOYS.

Conditions governing access

All published material open; other items open after 20 years, except for specified items containing personal or sensitive information, which are closed for 75 years under the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made for private use.  Requests for permission to publish any material copied or extracts thereof should be made to the copyright holder.  A Copyright Declaration – request for copies or a Copyright Declaration - self service photography form must be completed. 

Copyright: BIALL.  

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION 

Archival history

Material in BIALL 01 to BIALL 26 was in the custody of Mary Blake, Honorary Archivist.  It was accumulated by the following stages:

  • In 1976, Wallace Breem, Honorary Secretary, transferred the secretary’s files to the new Honorary Secretary, Mary Blake (his records relating to the role of Treasurer were transferred to Robert Logan and do not form part of the archive).
  • In 1987, when Mary Blake handed over the role of Honorary Secretary to Hilary Boucher, the current files were transferred to Hilary whilst Mary retained the older material for pragmatic reasons.
  • A system developed whereby Mary Blake became custodian for the Secretary’s files, with people transferring to her as and when necessary.
  • Mary Blake held the offices of Vice-President (1987-1993) and President (1993-1999) and continued to update the files.
  • In 1998, the History of BIALL was proposed and so the records were transferred to Mary Blake’s house.  At this point officers in general began depositing files.

Subsequent material has been transferred by officers and members of BIALL, including a further deposit of Mary Blake’s papers transferred after her death, and added to the relevant series as appropriate.

Immediate source of acquisition: The original deposit of material was transferred to the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in 2010 by the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians.  Subsequent accruals have been received from officers and former officers of BIALL.

Terms of deposit: Transferred to the IALS Archives by Deed of Deposit dated 2010.  A revised Deed of Deposit increasing the access closure period from 10 to 20 years was signed in 2022.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

The following was de-accessioned during cataloguing:

  • Loose duplicates of material.  
  • Original articles and corrected proofs for the Law Librarian: the final versions of these available in the journal.
  • Financial records with low informational value (petty cash slips; stamp books etc).
  • Third party material eg brochures for conference venues.

Accruals: Regular accruals are expected.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related Material:

MOYS Collection: these papers have been catalogued separately (see note on arrangement above) and are also held at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Archive (MOYS 01–03).

DESCRIPTION NOTES 

Archivist's note

Rules or conventions: Rules or conventions: compiled by Melanie Peart in 2010 in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.  Accruals received between 2010 and 2014 were catalogued in 2014 by Melanie Peart. Small subsequent accruals have been added to the catalogue by Ruth Frendo, Sian Astill and Clare Cowling.

CHULS: Committee of Heads of University Law Schools

Committee of Heads of UK Law Schools (CHULS): Records, 1974-2009

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CONTACT DETAILS OF ORGANISATION AT TIME OF WRITING

Address:  c/- Chair: Penny Carey, University of Hertfordshire 
Email:  p.carey@herts.ac.uk
Website:  http://chuls.ac.uk/

IDENTITY STATEMENT

Reference: CHULS
Title: Committee of Heads of UK Law Schools
Dates: 1974-2009
Level: collection (fonds)
Extent and Medium: 11 archive boxes (3 linear metres)
Name of Creator: Committee of Heads of University Law Schools; now Committee of Heads of UK Law Schools
Catalogue last updated: September 2022

CONTEXT

Biographical/Administrative History: CHULS began its active life as a Society of Public Teachers of Law (SPTL; now the Society of Legal Scholars) committee concerned with specific issues relating to law schools and law teaching in universities.  Its first meeting was held under SPTL auspices at IALS on 27th September 1974, when the President of SPTL, Professor C F Parker, was appointed to the Chairmanship of CHULS.  At its fourth meeting on 28th November 1975, it was agreed that CHULS should cease to be a committee of SPTL but should be constituted instead as an autonomous body, though close links with SPTL were still to be maintained.  CHULS developed initially as a committee whose members represented all law schools in universities financed by the University Grants Committee, which taught a law degree.  Representatives of polytechnics, the Inns of Court School of Law and the College of Law were thus excluded. 

In September 1984 the Committee agreed on the desirability of holding joint meetings with the Heads of Polytechnic Law Schools, who had formed their own Committee to represent institutions offering CNAA degrees carrying exemption from the academic stage of professional education.  On February 11 1992 a meeting was held to discuss a merger of the two Committees.  The merger finally took place on 30 November 1992, with the creation of a newly constituted CHULS consisting of an Executive Committee with powers to appoint sub-committees as required.  Membership was open to all institutions currently in membership of the two earlier committees, and other institutions of higher education which were in receipt of funding from a higher education funding council and which offered their own law degrees recognised by the professional bodies as giving exemption from the academic stage of legal education were made eligible to apply.

Officers of the reconstituted Committee consisted of a Chairman, Vice-chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.  In 1996 the two latter offices were amalgamated.
CHULS' activities have included gathering information on staff recruitment and student admission procedures, monitoring the impact of Law Society and CLE regulations and of new teaching courses, reporting on funding for legal research and law libraries, examination of copyright on legal materials and provision of advice to bodies such as the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committees on Legal Education.  Some of its findings have been published.

Aims: CHULS sees its role as:

  • representing law schools and their management to the funding councils and other established committees in the legal sector;
  • promoting mutual respect and active co-operation between law schools regionally, nationally and internationally;
  • considering and advising relevant bodies on the structure, development and resourcing of legal education;
  • disseminating information and good practice concerning legal education, assisting in the promotion of good management practice in law schools;
  • liaising with the Association of Law Teachers, the Society of Legal Scholars and other bodies on matters of mutual interest.

CONTENT

Scope and Content: the material comprises primarily minutes and correspondence, deposited at various times by officers of CHULS.
Language of Scripts: English 
System of Arrangement: see series list below.

ACCESS AND USE

Conditions of Access: open 20 years after last date on file.  Records containing personal data are closed for 75 years after last date on file.
Copyright: vested in CHULS  

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION:

Archival history: in 1997 an agreement was made between CHULS and the records of Legal Education Archives (now part of the IALS Archives) to deposit the archive of CHULS as a gift and to transfer further records at regular intervals to the Archives.   For details see the Records of Legal Education Project archive file RLEP 8/3.
Immediate source of acquisition: 

  • The agenda, minutes and papers of the Committee, 1989-1992, were deposited in 1997 by Professor P Jackson, CHULS Secretary.
  • Those from 1992 to 2002 were deposited by Professor R W Painter, Secretary/Treasurer. 
  • Papers of the CHULS Working Party on Four Year Degrees and the Working Party on Implications for Law as a Discipline of the Leverhulme Report and the Circular Letter from the Chairman of the University Grants Committee (UGC), were deposited in 1996 by Professor W L Twining, Chairman and Convenor.
  • The majority of the correspondence and papers of Professor G Zellick was deposited in 1999 by Professor Zellick. 
  • Further correspondence and papers, 1988-1990, were deposited in 1999 by Professor Painter.
  • In 2008 Professor Nicholas Wikeley deposited his papers relating to CHULS’ response to HEFCE consultations on the review of Research Assessment Exercises (RAEs) and membership of RAE panels, 1995-2001.  Professor Wikeley was the first point of contact on RAE matters at this time.
  • In 2014 Professor Stephen Bailey deposited a collection of minutes, correspondence and other papers dating from 1990-1998, covering his time as an officer of the CHULS and also as CHULS representative on the Standing Conference on Legal Education (SCLE).  And an officer of the Society of Law Teachers (SLS) Papers of the latter organisation have been removed to the SLS collection in the IALS Archives. 

Terms of deposit: original deposit transferred by Deed of Gift in 1997.  Later material appears to have been deposited without any conditions.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: the original deposit of records was appraised and listed by the Co-ordinator of the Records of Legal Education project between 1996 and 1998.
Accruals:  further accruals are expected. 

DESCRIPTION NOTES 

Archivist's note: original catalogue compiled in 1999 by Clare Cowling, Archivist. Further accruals were catalogued in 2002 and in 2020.  The catalogue was further updated in 2022.

The catalogue has been compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Council of Legal Education Archive

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IDENTITY STATEMENT

Archive Reference: CLE  
Title: Council of Legal Education Archive
Dates: 1852-1997
Level of description: collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 57 archive boxes, 111 volumes, 69 folders
Name of creator: Council of Legal Education
Catalogue last updated: June 2020  

CONTEXT

Administrative history: the Council of Legal Education (CLE) was established by Resolutions of the Inns of Court in 1852, following the recommendation that year of a Legal Education Committee of the Four Inns.  The CLE, consisting of eight members under the Chairmanship of Richard Bethell Q.C. (later Lord Westbury), was entrusted with the power and duty of superintending the education and examination of students who had been admitted to the Inns and was to consist of an equal number of Benchers appointed by each of the Inns.  Five Readerships or Professorships were set up, to each deliver three courses of lectures per year.  Students were required to attend a certain number of lectures and to pass public examinations.  The examinations were held thrice yearly, in Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity terms.  The CLE was given the power to grant dispensations to students unable to attend all required lectures.

In 1872 membership of the Council was increased from eight to twenty and a compulsory examination for Call to the Bar was introduced.  A further recommendation was made that the Council appoint a Committee of its members to be called the Committee of Education and Examination; this Committee later became the Board of Studies.  A Director of Legal Studies was appointed in 1905.
The constant increase in the number of students and consequent growth in the CLE's activities led to the Council's decision in 1915 to appoint a permanent Finance (later Finance and Administration) Committee for the regulation of its expenditure and in 1916 to create the post of Council Secretary.
The CLE initially met in the Library of Lincoln's Inn.  In 1903 it moved to 15 Old Square, Lincoln's Inn, where it remained until 1947.  The CLE then moved to 7 Stone Buildings, where it was able to provide lecture rooms, common and reading room accommodation and canteen facilities for students.  In 1964 the CLE gained the first home for law teaching with premises in Gray's Inn, donated by the Inn.  In 1967 the Inns of Court School of Law (ICSL) was formally established on the site; it became an incorporated body in 1996.

In 1967, as a consequence of the institution of the Senate of the Inns of Court as a central body to represent the Inns, the CLE was reconstituted under regulation of the Senate, which now appointed the Chairman and five other representatives of Council, and which had general policy-making powers.  For the first time the CLE had representatives from the Bar Council as well as from the Inns.  A new system of education and training, drawn up by the CLE in 1967, was approved by the Senate, to take effect from 1969.  This included the appointment of a professional law teacher as Dean of Faculty (later re-titled Dean of ICSL), replacing the old position of Director of Legal Studies, and the inauguration of new practical training programmes.

In 1974, following the recommendations of the Pearce and Templeman Committee, a new body, the Senate of the Inns of Court and the Bar, was set up.  The CLE was reconstituted under the Regulations of the new Senate, and its membership and functions redefined. 

During the 1970s the CLE faced the major task of implementing the recommendations of the Ormrod Report (of the Lord Chancellor's Committee on Legal Education) and the Cross Committee (Advisory Committee on Legal Education) relating to graduate entry to the profession, and the transfer of Part 1 teaching to the universities and polytechnics.

The CLE continued to oversee legal education for the Bar until 1997. In that year the CLE transferred most of its responsibilities and assets to the ICSL.  Its responsibility for supporting education and training for the Bar was passed to a new body, the Inns of Court and Bar Educational Trust (ICBET), while its regulatory function was passed to the General Council of the Bar.  In 1997 the CLE ceased to operate.  

CONTENT 

Scope and contentPlease note that the CLE archives does not hold any examination results post 1957.  Requests for results after this date should be addressed to the Bar Council.

The archive of the Council of Legal Education comprises: minutes and papers of Committees of the Inns of Court, 1845-1962; minutes of proceedings of the Council of Legal Education, 1852-1997; duplicate minutes of Council meetings, 1856-1864; Council agenda, minutes and papers, 1968-1997; Consolidated Regulations of the Four Inns of Court, 1852-1995; printed documents, 1852-1933; cash books, 1852-1915; records of vouchers for payments, 1864-1912; CLE payments by the Inns of Court, 1879-1912; ledger, lecture payments, 1897-1915; examinations performance records, 1861-1957; CLE letter book, 1866-1867; minute book of the Committee of the CLE on Education and Examinations, 1872-1881; Annual Reports, 1893-1967; CLE calendars, 1901-1992; draft joint report on Clifford's Inn and the sale of New Inn, 1902; register of attendance at periodic lectures, 1903-1922; minute books of the Board of Studies, 1907-1995; Board of Studies agenda, minutes and papers, 1968-1996; exemption cases books, 1927-1951; minute books of the Finance (later Finance and Administration) Committee, 1915-1997; duplicate Finance Committee minute book, 1945-1950; Finance (later Finance and Administration) Committee agenda, minutes and papers, 1968-1996; Finance Committee correspondence and papers, 1942-1971; New Inn and Common Fund abstracts of accounts, 1905-1940; New Inn Fund ledgers, 1915-1965; New Inn Fund cash book, 1916-1952; Common Fund ledgers, 1915-1961; Common Fund cash books, 1924-1950; petty cash book, 1927-1942; audit book, 1945-1964; submissions for payment book, 1948-1959; House Committee minute book, 1949-1951; income and expenditure books, 1950-1980; income and expenditure books, itemised accounts, 1969-1984; account book, special accounts, 1969-1980; payroll books, 1970-1984; audited annual accounts, 1971-1995; historical files, teaching and examinations, 1906-1967; historical files, CLE history and students, 1937-1984; historical files, miscellaneous reports and papers, 1951-1989; historical files, memoranda and reports on legal education, 1969-1984; historical files, miscellaneous correspondence, 1966-1986; Chairman's correspondence, 1967-1973; Dean of Faculty's correspondence, [1960]-1991; Dean's general correspondence and papers, 1980-1981; Dean's overseas correspondence, 1959-1994; Dean's correspondence with university law schools, 1972-1991; Dean's correspondence and papers relating to financial matters, 1973-1995; Special Committee on Legal Education/Legal Education Sub-committee records, 1962-1970; records relating to the Post Final Practical Training Course (PFPTC), 1950-1966; records relating to changes in part 1 of the Bar examinations, 1963-1966; examination papers, 1970-1991; Students' Welfare Committee records, 1967-1980; student appeals files (sample cases only), 1969-1982; report to the Inns of Court and the Council of the Law Society on the education of the two branches of the legal profession and easier transfer between them (Diplock Report), 1965; papers relating to the Report of the Lord Chancellor's Committee on Legal Education (Ormrod Committee), 1966-1975; Advisory Committee on Legal Education papers, 1972-1990; Common Professional Education Board records, 1973-1981; Incorporation Sub-committee records, 1970; submissions and papers relating to the Royal Commission on Legal Services (Benson Commission), 1976-1980; Practical Exercise Sub-committee (Potter Committee) papers, 1985-1988; Curriculum Development Working Party records, 1987-1990; Bar Vocational Course papers, 1989-1996; Bar Examination Staff Working Party records, 1991-1993; Further Education and Training for the Bar Working Party (Phillips Working Party) records, 1992-1994; papers relating to racial discrimination complaints, 1989-1996; Discrimination Awareness Group records, 1992-1995; papers relating to the CLE response to the Committee of Inquiry into Equal Opportunities on the Bar Vocational Course (Barrow Inquiry), 1992-1993; papers relating to the restructuring of the CLE, 1992-1996.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English 
System of arrangement: Refer to individual series descriptions.
Conditions governing access:  Open to most papers over 30 years old other than papers relating to the Barrow report at CLE 69, which are closed for 50 years in line with the closure period for the Barrow collection, and CLE 55 and CLE 68 which are closed for 75 years as they contain personal data.  

Applications by bona fide researchers for accelerated access should be addressed to the Chair of the Trustees, The Inns of Court and Bar Educational Trust (ICBET); 9 Gray’s Inn Square, London WC1R 5JF, giving reasons for the request.
Conditions governing reproduction: copies of material may be made for private use.  Requests for permission to publish any material copied or extracts thereof should be made to the copyright holder.  A Copyright Declaration – request for copies or a  Copyright Declaration - self service photography form must be completed. 
Many of the CLE's minute books and volumes of documents are in a fragile condition and therefore may not be photocopied.

Copyright: Vested in the University of London for the period of the loan.  

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION 

Archival history: The surviving archive of the CLE, other than student records, was transferred to the Records of Legal Education Archives (now subsumed into the IALS Archives) by ICBET in 1997.

Immediate source of acquisition: A file detailing the transfer and terms of deposit is held in the Records of Legal Education Project collection at RLEP 8/4.   
Terms of deposit: Deposited on permanent loan in 1998.
Accruals: No further accruals are expected.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material held elsewhere: The CLE's surviving student records, dating from the 1930s, are at the time of writing in the custody of the General Council of the Bar.

There is a considerable quantity of information on the CLE in the archives of the four Inns of Court, including correspondence with the CLE, copies of the CLE's reports to the Inns, examination papers and results, and CLE certificates.  The Middle Temple Archives, for example, holds Council of Legal Education accounts, reports, registers and other papers, 1853-1968 and Bar examination papers and results, 1852-2001.

DESCRIPTION NOTES 

Archivist's note

Rules or conventions: Original catalogue compiled in 1998 by Clare Cowling, Archivist.  It was updated in 2020 by Clare Cowling.

The catalogue has been compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Commonwealth Legal Education Association Archive

UK address at time of writing c/o John Hatchard, General Secretary, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR.

History of the Association

The Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) was founded during the Fourth Commonwealth Law Conference in New Delhi in 1971. The idea was initiated by Indian lawyer Dr Laxmi Singhvi, CLEA's first chairman. The Association's objects were to foster high standards of legal education and research in Commonwealth countries; to build up contacts between interested individuals and organizations, and to disseminate information and literature concerning legal education and research.

CLEA established its headquarters in the offices of the Legal Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in Marlborough House, London, and with the Legal Director as its Honorary Secretary and Treasurer. In 1973 it obtained a grant from the Commonwealth Foundation; this funding, plus subscriptions from members, enabled the CLEA to embark on the projects planned on its establishment. It has received further long term grants from the Commonwealth Foundation to continue its activities.

CLEA's structure, objectives and functions are set out in its Constitution, adopted soon after its foundation. Membership is open to individuals, schools of law and other institutions concerned with legal education and research. Patrons are appointed from various Commonwealth countries. The affairs of the Association are managed by an Executive Committee, drawn from the Commonwealth regions, which meets annually; its actions are reviewed at 5 yearly General Meetings, the first of which was held in Edinburgh during the Fifth Commonwealth Law Conference in 1977. There is an Advisory Panel in the United Kingdom. The administration of the Association was carried out by a chairman and two secretaries, one in London and one abroad. In 1990 the office of chairman was replaced by a president and executive chairperson (since renamed vice president). The President may be elected from any part of the Commonwealth; the Vice President must be established in the UK. In 1994 a South Asian regional chapter was formed.

The information for this entry was taken from Commonwealth Legal Education, the newsletter of the CLEA

Records of the Association

The records listed below comprise:-

a) files collected in the UK from the Secretary of the Association:
b) collections of papers dating from their time as an officer of CLEA received from Professors William Twining and James Read;
c) some printed papers, including copies of CLEA directories, from Dr S B Marsh.

Financial records and current files are with the current CLEA officers. There are no separately maintained minute books for CLEA; minutes, agenda and papers relating to Executive Committee and Advisory Council meetings and meetings of special committees etc will be found in the secretary's files.

Commonwealth Legal Records Project Archive

The Commonwealth Legal Records Project (CLRP), which began its investigations in 1990, was jointly sponsored by the Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers (ACARM) and the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA), and was financed by a grant from the Leverhulme Foundation. It comprised a three year programme of research into modern legal records throughout the Commonwealth. The objectives of the study were to:-

i) analyse questions relating to the nature, extent and potential uses of legal records of all kinds;
ii) collect information about the state of legal records in selected Commonwealth jurisdictions;
iii) analyse factors relevant to devising informed policies regarding the management, appraisal, preservation and destruction of legal records and suggest guidelines;
iv) produce and disseminate the findings of the study in a form that would be useful to interested institutions and individuals in different jurisdictions in the Commonwealth, especially developing countries.

The project produced one book, Legal Records in the Commonwealth, and one major study, Legal Records in Accra (Ghana). The records listed below cover both the specific research that resulted in the production of these publications and the collection of evidence generally relating all aspects of the creation and disposal of legal records. The records were transferred to the Records of Legal Education Archives upon the project's completion in 1993 by its co-ordinators, William Twining and Clare Cowling.

IALL: International Association of Law Libraries

International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) Archive at IALS

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CONTACT DETAILS OF ORGANISATION AT TIME OF WRITING

Address: PO Box 5709, Washington, DC 20016, USA
Secretary: Trung Quach (from October 2022) 
Emailsecretary@iall.org
Websitehttp://iall.org/

IDENTITY STATEMENT

Reference: IALL 
Title: International Association of Law Libraries archives
Date(s): 1964-2014
Level of description: collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 32 archive boxes; 10 microfiche; 11 audio tapes, 3 PDF files
Name of creator: International Association of Law Libraries
Catalogue last updated: January 2023

CONTEXT

Administrative History: The International Association of Law Libraries was founded in 1959 with the purpose of promoting and supporting the work of Law Libraries and related agencies, in order to facilitate research and use of their materials on a multinational and co-operative basis. Its functions and activities have developed to include professional education and development, by means of annual courses, participation in major conferences including IFLA, the publication of the International Journal of Legal Information, and other scholarly publications. It also awards scholarship bursaries for and makes an annual award for the best legal website.

For a detailed description of the history of the IALL, see: Adolf Sprudzs: “Thirty Five Years of International Co-operation” (The Law Librarian, Vol 26 no 2 June 1995.)  A list of Officers of the IALL, past and present, may also be found on the Association’s website here: https://iall.org/about-iall-2/officers-2/496-2/.

CONTENT 

Scope and content::Records of the International Association of Law Libraries, comprising constitutional documents, annual general meetings, annual reports, officers’ files, course material, conference files and publications, printed matter from training events and the brass logo stamp. 

System of arrangement: The nature of IALL – an international organisation based on a three-year term of office for its officials – meant that there was no corporate record keeping system. Rather, each member of the board, and indeed each active member of the organisation, would maintain their own files which often form a continuous record of their involvement with the Association rather than according to the roles they undertook. The bulk of the archive, therefore, comprises such files. 

Record types noted within named individual’s files include constitutional documents; AGM papers; Board Meeting Minutes and related papers; financial records; training event preparation and administration; and general correspondence.  As far as possible, specific record types within files have been noted in the file level description.  However, researchers interested in a particular topic or period would be advised to look at all the relevant individuals’ files. 

ACCESS AND USE 

Language/scripts of material: English, German and Swedish.

System of arrangement: Arranged by function and subject matter as given in Scope and Content.  As noted above, the IALL did not have a central record keeping system and much of this archive comprises individual member’s files. This arrangement has been retained and the files catalogued in series according to the individual rather than the role.

Conditions governing access: Printed and published material open. Remaining records open 20 years after last date on file unless otherwise specified (some records may be closed for reasons of confidentiality or to protect personal privacy; where this is the case the access conditions are specified in the individual series description).

Conditions governing reproduction: Copies may be made for private use.  Requests for permission to publish any material copied or extracts thereof should be made to the copyright holder.  A Copyright Declaration – request for copies or a  Copyright Declaration - self service photography form must be completed. 

Copyright: IALL.  

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION 

Archival history: the records were transferred directly to IALS by officers of the IALL.   The nature of the accruals to this collection indicates that the bulk of these records were retained by the member’s employing institution before being passed directly to the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.  

Immediate source of acquisition: IALL officers.

Terms of deposit: none. 

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: In 2006 the records were appraised and listed by the IALS Archivist; during this exercise ephemera and duplicate material were destroyed by agreement with the Librarian as current President of IALL. Additional material was received and appraised in 2007–2008. A Records Retention policy has been drafted for IALL.  

Accruals: Other accruals are expected in order to fill gaps within the existing series and to continue the series.

DESCRIPTION NOTES 

Archivist’s note: Compiled by Elizabeth Dawson and Melanie Peart.  The catalogue was updated by Clare Cowling in 2022 and 2023.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2006; October 2008; July 2022, January 2023

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) Archive

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CONTACT DETAILS OF ORGANISATION AT TIME OF WRITING

Address: School of Advanced Study, University of London, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR
Director: Professor Carl Stychin
Archivist: Clare Cowling 
Telephone: 020 7862 5824
Fax: 020 7580 9613
Archives emailIALS.Archives@sas.ac.uk
IALS URL:  https://ials.sas.ac.uk/
Archives URLhttps://ials.sas.ac.uk/library/archives

IDENTITY STATEMENT

Reference: IALS
Title: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies: Institutional Archives
Dates: 1934-2007
Level: collection (fonds)
Extent and Medium: 20 archive boxes; 4 framed portraits; 2 albums
Name of Creator: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Catalogue last updated: May 2020

CONTEXT

Administrative History: In 1932 a Legal Education Committee under the Chairmanship of Lord Atkin was set up to consider the organisation of legal education in England and to make recommendations as to further provision for advanced research in legal studies.  The Committee’s report in 1934 included a recommendation that an Institute of Advanced Legal Studies be established in London.  In 1938 another Committee, chaired by Lord Macmillan, was set up to find a practical means of effecting this recommendation.  The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) was established in 1946 as part of the University of London.  Its aims were "the prosecution and promotion of legal research and the training of graduate students in its principles and methods" (39th Annual Report, 1985/86).  Since its inception the scope of the Institute has expanded considerably, with sponsorship of and support for many research projects and the provision of facilities for other research bodies and for conferences, seminars and workshops.  The Library provides facilities for academic and research staff and postgraduate research students from universities all over the world, and is one of the world's largest legal research libraries. 

In 1994 IALS became a major component of the School of Advanced Study. The School was established in September 1994.  Its fore runner was the University of London Institutes for Advanced Study.  The School includes the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, Germanic Studies, Historical Research, Latin American Studies, Romance Studies, United States Studies and the Warburg Institute.  The School gives the Institutes a collective voice in the governance of the University of London, fosters the development of new activities and collective enterprises among Institutes and generally promotes efficiency and effectiveness in the Institutes' missions of supporting and developing research in the humanities and social sciences, nationally and internationally.

For a detailed description of the establishment and development of the Institute see the IALS First Prospectus, 1948, and Willi Steiner (former IALS Librarian), "The Establishment of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London", IALS Bulletin no. 17, Apr 1994, pp. 6-20.  The latter includes extensive references to published works and the minutes of the University of London Senate.  A commemorative volume for the 50th anniversary of the Institute is currently in preparation.

CONTENT

Scope and content: The records below comprise the catalogued portion of the surviving institutional archives of the IALS.  There is a considerable quantity of records, in both hard copy and digital formats, awaiting cataloguing.

Records of Legal Education Archives: the Records of Legal Education Archives at IALS, a collection of papers of individuals and organisations prominent in the field, was created as part of the Records of Legal Education project and entries were prepared by the Project Co-ordinator.  For a detailed catalogue see the 1998 Guide to the Records of Legal Education Archives at IALS.  In 2019 the Records of Legal Education Archives was subsumed into the IALS Archives and its collections will be found there.  

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English 
System of arrangement: each class of records is arranged differently; some are chronological, some alphabetical and others have no discernable system of arrangement.
Conditions governing access: Published material open; other items closed for 20 years after last date on file. Some items may be subject to extended closure under Data Protection legislation.
Conditions governing reproduction: Copies may be made for private use.  Requests for permission to publish any material copied or extracts thereof should be made to the copyright holder.  A Copyright Declaration – request for copies or a  Copyright Declaration - self service photography form must be completed. 
Copyright: IALS.  
Physical characteristics: The collection comprises papers, some in files, plus a number of photographs and framed portraits.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION 

Archival history: A brief overall survey of the Institute's records was undertaken in 1996 as part of the Records of Legal Education Project, a research study conducted with the support of the Institute.  A further small-scale project to identify specific archival records of relevance to the compilation of the 50th anniversary history of the Institute was undertaken in 1997. These records were separated from their original context and placed in the Archives for safe keeping. The papers listed below have been identified using the findings of both surveys, but at present consist only of those records identified in the smaller survey and some isolated records deposited in the Archives at various times following the second survey.  

It proved impossible, primarily due to loss of original file covers and original order, to reorganise these files with a complete degree of certainty in their original order, though every attempt has been made to do so.  It is hoped that some at least will be reunited with the remaining files in their original series at a later date.  
Immediate source of acquisition: officers of the Institute.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: In 2001/02 the above collections were appraised by the Archivist, Clare Cowling.  A considerable amount of material of no value was destroyed and the remainder catalogued.  Subsequent accessions of material were added to the collection as part of a cataloguing backlog project in 2010 and further material was later deposited on an ad hoc basis.   In 2019/20 the Archivist identified c. 127 linear metres of material, much of it unlisted, in the Archives; This material awaits appraisal and cataloguing when resources permit.

Accruals: Further accruals are expected.

TITLE NOTES 

Archivist's note

Rules or conventions: The original catalogue was compiled in 2001 by Clare Cowling in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.  Further cataloguing was undertaken in 2010.  The catalogue was updated in 2020 by Clare Cowling.

IALS Library manuscript material relating to legal education and research

Extent and form: 11 boxes
Access: open

Administrative history: over a period of time the IALS Library has collected, in addition to its printed books and serials, a small collection of manuscript or annotated printed material relating to legal education and research. Items were either donated or purchased, and the transaction was usually recorded in an accession register which listed date of acquisition, details of author, title, publisher, date, price, source, vendor or donor and accession number. Items were then marked with the initials "R/A" (restricted access), and in some cases given an additional three letter suffix corresponding to the first three letters of the author. Details in the lists below have been taken from the accession registers and from the records themselves.

Some items appear to have been deposited in the Library without the details being recorded in the accession registers. Where this is the case the only available information has been the material itself, and, where they have survived, the original containers such as boxes or envelopes.

Archival history: in 1997/8 the material listed below was deposited in the newly established Records of Legal Education Archives within the Library for safekeeping. In 2000 it was agreed between the IALS Archivist and the Librarian that the mss should be added to the catalogue of the Records of Legal Education Archives.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer: refer to individual item descriptions.

Scope and content: the mss comprise a collection of donated or purchased items relating to legal education and research, 1870-1936. Several are undated. In some cases the provenance is unknown, as the transaction, whether by purchase or donation, was unrecorded; in some other cases the author of the documents is also unknown.

Accruals: further transfers of mss are expected.

Arrangement: arranged chronologically by date of first acquisition or date of item where acquisition date is unknown.

Copyright: refer to individual item descriptions.

ILA: International Law Association Archive

ILA: International Law Association Archive

International Law Association Archive (PDF handlist)

Address: International Law Association (HQ); Senate House, Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
Secretary: Claire Martin
Telephone: +44 (020) 7323 2978
Telephone: +44 (020) 7323 3580
Emailinfo@ila-hq.org
Web:  http://www.ila-hq.org
Follow the ILA on Twitter: @ILA_official
Registered Charity No. 249637

IDENTITY STATEMENT

Reference: ILA
Title: International Law Association Archives
Dates: 1866-2019
Level: collection (fonds)
Extent and medium:179 archive boxes, 8 unboxed volumes, 1 outsize folder (32 shelf metres)
Name of Creator: International Law Association
Catalogue last updated: March 2022

CONTEXT

Administrative History: the International Law Association (ILA) was founded in Brussels in 1873 as an association 'to consist of Jurists, Economists, Legislators, Politicians and others taking an interest in the question of the reform and Codification of Public and Private International Law, the Settlement of Disputes by Arbitration, and the assimilation of the laws, practice and procedure of the Nations in reference to such laws' (afternoon sitting of the first conference of members, 19 November 1873: reference ILA 01/01). It was initially called the Association for the Reform and Codification of the Law of Nations, changing its title to the International Law Association in the early 20th century. 

The Association was to consist of a Council of officers comprising a President, vice presidents, secretaries and other members of the Conference (called the Bureau), plus a series of local, departmental or provincial committees who were to report to the President. These committees have since expanded into International Committees. The ILA's activities are now organised by an Executive Council, assisted by the Headquarters Secretariat in London. Membership of the Association, at present about 4,200, is spread among branches throughout the world and ranges from lawyers in private practice, academia, industrial and financial spheres, and representatives of bodies such as shipping and arbitration organisations and chambers of commerce. The ILA has consultative status, as an international non-governmental organisation, with a number of the United Nations specialised agencies. 

The ILA appointed its first executive secretary in about the early 1950s. A 1982 memorandum from the Executive Council chairman, Lord Wilberforce (see ILA 27/01) clearly distinguished this position from that of the honorary secretary general: the executive secretary has executive responsibility for the administration of ILA headquarters; the honorary secretary general has no executive responsibility for the running of the office but is available for consultation and advice. ILA executive secretaries have included the following persons: G Worsley (c1960s), John Churchill (1979-1985), R C H Briggs (1985), Ferdie L de May and Barbara Osirio (c1990s), and Juliet Fussell (since 2000). 

The ILA's objectives are pursued primarily through the work of its International Committees and the focal point of its activities is the series of Biennial Conferences. These conferences, of which over 70 have so far been held in different locations throughout the world, provide a forum for the comprehensive discussion and endorsement of the work of the committees.

CONTENT

Scope and Content: the records as transferred comprise the complete archive of the ILA from its inception until 1990 and include membership books, Constitution and bye-laws, minutes of conferences, Council and various committees, correspondence, conference, committee and branch files, financial records, press cuttings, newsletters, miscellaneous printed material and photographs, 1873-1990.
Language of Scripts: English, French, German 
System of Arrangement: each class of records is arranged differently; some are chronological, some alphabetical and others have no discernable system of arrangement.
Physical characteristics: the collection comprises papers, some in files, plus a number of photographs and framed portraits.

ACCESS AND USE

Conditions governing access: printed and published material open.  Remaining records open 30 years after last date on file unless otherwise specified (some records may be CLOSED for a further period for reasons of confidentiality or to protect personal privacy; where this is the case the access conditions are specified in the individual series description).  Requests for accelerated access to records by bona fide researchers should be made to the ILA Chief Operating Officer (COO).
Conditions governing reproduction: copies may be made for private use.  Requests for permission to publish any material copied or extracts thereof should be made to the copyright holder.  A Copyright Declaration – request for copies or a  Copyright Declaration - self service photography form must be completed. 
Copyright: vested in the ILA.

DESCRIPTION NOTES 

Archivist's note: Rules or conventions: original catalogue compiled in 1999 by Clare Cowling, Archivist.  It was updated in 2020 by Zoe Karens; the project was funded by the ILA. Some more additions were made in 2021 by Clare Cowling.
The catalogue has been compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

LSOC: Law Society: Examination Records

Law Society: Examination Records

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Reference: LSOC
Title: The Law Society: Examination Records
Date: 1836 - 1989
Level of description: collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 496 volumes; 4 archive boxes; 51 loose leaf binders; 3 PDF files
Name of creator: The Law Society
Catalogue last updated: November 2022

CONTEXT

Administrative history: 

The Law Society was founded in London in 1825 as the Society of Attorneys, Solicitors, Proctors and others not being barristers, having been previously established in 1823 as The London Law Institution. It acquired its first Royal Charter in 1831 and a further charter in 1845 established it as an independent professional organisation. The Society has delivered legal education in England since 1835 and has set examinations since 1836. It also has a representational role for the profession.  Its regulatory functions were passed to the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority in January 2007.
For a detailed description of the history of the Law Society, see:  Kirk, Harry, Portrait of a profession: a history of the solicitors' profession 1100 to the present day. Oyez, 1976 and Sugarman, David, A Brief History of the Law Society, Law Society, 1994.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: The collection comprises candidate lists and examination results for England, 1836–1984; examination papers, 1932, 1960 and 1980–1982; correspondence, examination results and papers, Colonial and Commonwealth, 1887–1984.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged by examination where stated, in chronological order. There are separate series of candidate lists and examination results, but there is some duplication of information, as some early volumes of candidate lists also including examination results, as noted in individual series descriptions.

Conditions governing access: Printed and published material open. Candidate information and examination results are closed for 75 years in accordance with the Data Protection Act for reasons of confidentiality and to protect personal privacy; access conditions are specified in the individual series descriptions. Closed items are designated in red.

Copyright/conditions governing reproduction: Copyright in the original material has been vested in the University of London.  A Copyright Declaration – request for copies or a  Copyright Declaration - self service photography form must be completed. 

Finding aids: Records up to 1946 have been digitised by Ancestry and access to the digitised versions, including downloading digital copies for private research, is subject to Ancestry’s terms and conditions.  To find the examination record of any individual in the collection search here: https://www.ancestry.co.uk/search/collections/62335/ 

Bona fide academic researchers registered with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies may access the digitised collection in full on site, using a URL which will be provided by the IALS on request.  By using this service on site researchers are agreeing to both our and Ancestry’s terms and conditions.

An index to candidates is also at the front of each hard copy volume or folder of the candidates’ examination papers.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: The collection consists of all the surviving material relating to examinations, and has been preserved in its entirety.

Archival history: The records were transferred from The Law Society to the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in 2007.

Immediate source of acquisition: The Law Society Library

Terms of deposit: Deed of Gift dated 2007.

Accruals: Further accruals are not expected.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Other archive material relating to the Law Society is held at the Law Society Library.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Archivist's note : Original catalogue compiled in 2008 by Elizabeth J Dawson, Archivist.   The catalogue was updated in 2022 by Clare Cowling, Archivist.

Rules or conventions : Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

MARSH: Dr S Marsh's papers

Class List of Series

Dr S Marsh's papers  Biographical Note

Dr S B (Stan) Marsh (1926-1998) was a barrister and law teacher. After three and a half years' war service in the Royal Navy he graduated B.Com from the University of London in 1949 and Dip.Ed. from Leicester University in 1950; he then taught at Leicester College of Technology from 1950-1956. During this time he obtained his LL.B from the University of London, and was called to the Bar of Gray's Inn in 1958. He was Head of the Commerce Department at Peterborough Technical College from 1956-1958 and Head of the Department of Business and Secretarial Studies at Manchester College of Commerce in 1958. From the latter Department grew the Department of Law, subsequently incorporated into Manchester Polytechnic.

Dr Marsh's first foray into research in legal education was his thesis for a higher degree, for which he was awarded a Ph.D at Leicester University in 1956. This research was later continued in association with Professor John Wilson of Southampton University and then with Dr Julia Bailey, then lecturing at Manchester.

Dr Marsh served as a member of the Lord Chancellor's Committee on Legal Education (the Ormrod Committee) and the Advisory Committee on Legal Education set up by the Inns of Court and the Law Society. He was the founding Chairman of the Association of Law Teachers from 1965-1967 and President from 1989-1996. He produced a history of the first 25 years of the Association in 1990 (The Association of Law Teachers; the First 25 Years, ALT, 1990).

Papers donated to the Records of Legal Education Archives

In 1997 Dr Marsh presented several classes of records of interest to legal education to the Archives. They included some manuscript material, pamphlets and offprints held by him, and also minutes and papers of his time as a member of the Ormrod Committee on Legal Education and the Advisory Committee on Legal Education. The latter two classes of records had been temporarily deposited in the School of International Studies and Law at Coventry University by Dr Julia Bailey, who had referred to them in the preparation of her Ph.D thesis (see A.MARSH 3/1). They were passed to the Archives by agreement between Dr Marsh, Dr Bailey and the Head of the School of Law at Coventry University. They will be found at A.MARSH 1-2.

The bulk of the printed papers donated by Dr Marsh have been placed in the appropriate classes of agency archives also held in the RLEA (see entries for the ALT, CLE, CLEA and SPTL). The remainder will be found at A.MARSH 4.

MOYS: Elizabeth (Betty) Moys’ Publications and Files relating to Law Librarianship

Elizabeth (Betty) Moys Publications and Files relating to Law Librarianship Archive at IALS

Elizabeth (Betty) Moys Publications and Files relating to Law Librarianship (PDF handlist)

Reference code(s): GB 1697
Held at: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies 
Title : ELIZABETH MOYS PUBLICATIONS AND RELATED FILES
Date(s): 1960-2001
Level of description : Collection (Fonds)
Extent : 34 items
Name of creator(s) : Elizabeth Moys

READ: Professor James S Read's papers

Professor James S Read's papers

Quantity: 7 boxes
Access: papers in A.ALT 11, A.CLEA 3 and A.SPTL 26 open. Access to papers in A.UKNCCL 3 is not yet determined

Biographical Note

James Read graduated in Law from the University of London in 1953 and qualified as a barrister in 1954. He has been Assistant Lecturer in law at UCL (1956-1958), Lecturer in African Law, SOAS (1958-1965), Senior Lecturer in Law, the University College, Dar-es-Salaam (1963-1966), Reader in African Law, SOAS (1964-1975) and Professor of Comparative Public Law with special reference to Africa at SOAS from 1974.

Professor Read was Joint Honorary Secretary of the UKNCCL (1969-1973), Honorary Secretary of the SPTL (1972-1975) and Chairman of the CLEA (1977-1983); his official papers relating to these activities were deposited by Professor Read in the Records of Legal Education Archives in 1997, along with some other papers and publications. He has also deposited papers in the University of London Archives.

Papers in the Records of Legal Education Archives

One class of papers, A.READ 1, comprises Professor Read's papers as a member of the Advisory Committee on Legal Education; these papers are listed below. The remaining papers deposited by Professor Read have been placed in the archive of the appropriate organisation, and should be sought in the class lists of those organisations as follows:-


Class Ref Dates Description

A.ALT11

1967-1972

Papers, with some correspondence, sent to James Read as an ALT member

A.CLEA3

1974-1986

Correspondence and papers of james Read as CLEA Chairman, and other papers

A.SPTL26

1963-1986

Correspondence and papers of James Read as an officer of the SPTL

A.UKNCCL3

1965-1973

Correspondence and papers of Joint Honorary Secretaries, including James Read (Hon Secretary 1969-1973)

Professor Read also donated a quantity of copies of ALT, CLE and SPTL publications, which have been added to existing holdings.


READ ARCHIVES: CLASS LIST

A.READ 1: ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON LEGAL EDUCATION AGENDA, MINUTES AND PAPERS AND RELATED CORRESPONDENCE, 1972-1975

Quantity: 1 box
Access: closed until 2005

The Advisory Committee on Legal Education (ACLE) was established in 1971 by the Senate of the Four Inns of Court in conjunction with the Law Society. It came into being as a result of the recommendations of the Ormrod Committee, which concluded that communication between the profession and the various Law faculties and departments was inadequate. Its brief was to consult with and advise the Senate of the Four Inns, the Law Society and the universities, polytechnics and colleges of further education on all matters affecting the education and training of candidates for entry to the legal profession. During its lifetime the Committee prepared several reports on legal education. Copies will be found in most Law Libraries.

The Committee's membership comprised a Chairman nominated by the Lord Chancellor, four members of the Inns of Court, four members of the Law Society and eight representatives of law teachers from the universities, polytechnics and colleges of further education. The law teachers were usually nominated by the ALT and the SPTL.

Professor Read was a member of ACLE from its inception until 1975, representing the SPTL. The papers listed below consist of his copies of Committee minutes and papers, some annotated, with relevant correspondence. The records are closed for 30 years in accordance with the regulations of the General Council of the Bar and the Law Society.

Ref Dates Description

A.READ1/1

1972-1973

ACLE agenda, minutes and papers, with related correspondence

A.READ1/2

1974

ACLE agenda, minutes and papers, with related correspondence

A.READ1/3

1975

ACLE agenda, minutes and papers, with related correspondence and ACLE reports

You can search records for the Papers deposited by Professor James S Read, law teacher on the SHLs Archives Catalogue.

The Records of Legal Education Archives (RLEA) was established at IALS in 1998. It was created as an outcome of the Records of Legal Education Project, one of the aims of which was to collect, maintain and make available for research, records of legal education where the creating/controlling agency was unable to make any alternative archival provision. The records of the project itself are held in the IALS Archives (ref: RLEP). The original Guide to the Records of Legal Education Archives, compiled in 1998 by Clare Cowling, the Project co-ordinator, is available here. The RLEA and its collections (listed below) have since been subsumed into the IALS Archives.

Records of Legal Education Project Archive

Background

The Records of Legal Education Project (RLEP), funded by the Leverhulme Trust, ran from October 1994 - May 1998. It was based at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and its brief was to:-

• investigate records of legal education housed in selected institutions, primarily in the Greater London area, and report on their availability, accessibility and significance;
• create a Guide to Records of Legal Education and Law Schools to enable researchers to trace the location of documents of relevance;
• publish and disseminate its findings to assist researchers in law, the humanities and the social sciences;
• exceptionally, collect, maintain and make available for research, records of legal education where the creating/controlling agency was unable to make any alternative archival provision. This material was placed in a Records of Legal Education Archives located in the IALS Library.

Research was concentrated on institutions and records in the Greater London area, since this is a) where the highest proportion of legal education material was to be found; b) where the project was physically located. The project's resources were too limited to go further afield.

The project was co-ordinated by Clare Cowling, an Archivist employed on a part-time basis, under the direction of an Advisory Committee comprising Jules Winterton, the IALS Librarian, Avrom Sherr, Woolf Professor of Legal Education at IALS, David Sugarman, Professor of Law at the University of Lancaster and William Twining, Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London until 1998. The Project was based in the IALS Library and was granted use of its facilities.

Standing Conference on Legal Education Minutes

Address at time of writing c/o the Secretary, The Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct, 8th Floor, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4QU. Ph 020 7217 4280. Fax 020 7217 4283

Following the disappearance of the old non-statutory Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee, there was no longer any forum in which those responsible for the provision of legal education could discuss matters of common concern; nor was there any regular machinery for communication between the world of legal education and the new, statutory Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct. The then ACLEC Chairman, Lord Griffiths, therefore suggested the creation of a new forum in the shape of the Standing Conference on Legal Education (SCLE), and offered his own services as Chairman; meetings were also to be held at ACLEC. Financial support came from the Law Society and the Bar; an elected secretary was to carry out administrative work.

The Conference meets six monthly; representatives include both the practising professions and academic lawyers. It consists of 22 members nominated by the legal profession and by the main providers of legal education; these include the Bar, the Law Society, ICSL, ICBET (formerly CLE), the College of Law, the ALT, the SPTL, the Heads of University Law Schools, LETG, ILEX, ACLEC and the Lord Chancellor's Department. The Conference offers advice and assistance to ACLEC; no formal links between the two have been created as the attendance of meetings by the ACLEC Chairman and Secretary have rendered this unnecessary.

The first minute book of the Standing Conference was deposited in the Records of Legal Education Archives in 1997 by Professor Peter Birks, formerly the Secretary to the Conference.

SCLE ARCHIVES: CLASS LIST
Quantity: 1 volume
Access: open

Ref Dates Description

A.SCLE1

1991-1994

Minute book

You can search records for the Standing Conference on Legal Education Minutes on the SHLs Archives Catalogue.

Socio-Legal Studies Association Archive

SOCIO-LEGAL STUDIES ASSOCIATION: ARCHIVES, 1972-2013

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CONTACT DETAILS OF ORGANISATION AT TIME OF WRITING

Address:
C/- Professor Rosie Harding (SLSA Chair)
Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston 
Birmingham
B15 2TT

Email enquiries:  admin@slsa.ac.uk 
Website:  https://www.slsa.ac.uk/

IDENTITY STATEMENT

Archive Reference: SLSA  
Title: Socio-Legal Studies Association Archives
Dates: 1972-2017
Level of description: collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 7 archive boxes (1.5 linear metres)
Name of creator: Socio-Legal Studies Association
Catalogue last updated: April 2021

CONTEXT

Administrative history: according to a statement of ethical practice in the Socio-Legal Studies Association's 1995 Directory of Members, socio-legal studies may be defined as embracing "disciplines and subjects concerned with the social effects of the law, legal processes, institutions and services".  SLSA was established to promote and support the work of socio-legal scholars, to facilitate the regular exchange of ideas and information and to represent the socio-legal research interest in discussions with other bodies.

The SLSA grew out of an informal group of academics who met at annual conferences to discuss matters of interest.  In 1988 it was decided that the group needed a higher profile, and a conference was arranged in Oxford which was attended by over 100 people.  The success of the conference permitted another to be held in Edinburgh in 1989, at which the proposal was made to create a formal Association.  A Steering Committee was set up to formally establish the SLSA at the 1990 conference in Bristol, using some funds from various law faculties and from the Nuffield Foundation.  A newsletter was first published in March 1989; in 1990 an editor was appointed to produce a regular newsletter.

CONTENT 

Scope and content:  the collection comprises minutes and management papers, conference literature and publications.
System of arrangement: the records were not kept in any formal order, and the series of papers frequently overlap in content and subject matter.  Minutes of AGMs and conference papers have sometimes been integrated with one or other of the above groups of records and sometimes filed separately.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English 
Conditions governing access: open after 20 years other than SLSA 17/1 which contains personal data and is closed for 75 years.
Copyright/conditions governing reproduction: vested in the IALS, other than printed/published material. Copyright declaration form to be completed. Digital photography copyright declaration form to be completed.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION 

Archival history: in 1997 an agreement was made between the Records of Legal Education Archivist and the Chairman of the SLSA to make regular deposits of SLSA archive material.  A file detailing the arrangement is in the Records of Legal Education Project archives at RLEP 8/14.  

Immediate source of acquisition: the first tranche of material was the correspondence and papers of founder member and Chairman (1993-1996), Professor Martin Partington: these were deposited by him with the Records of Legal Education Archives (now subsumed into the IALS Archives) in 1997.  Printed papers relating to the 1997 Conference, plus some copies of the Newsletter and Directory of Members, were passed to the Archives in 1997 by the current editor of the Newsletter.  Material was subsequently deposited by Nick Wikeley, (Treasurer 1999-2005) and Rosemary Hunter (Chair 2011-2017).Terms of deposit: by Deed of Gift 1997.  For details see the Records of Legal Education Project file in the IALS Archives (ref: RLEP 8/14).
Accruals: further accruals are expected.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related Material: SLSA publications are available in the IALS Library and in other law libraries.

DESCRIPTION NOTES 

Archivist's note
Rules or conventions: original catalogue compiled in 1997 by Clare Cowling, Archivist.  Subsequent accruals were added to the catalogue by Clare Cowling in December 2020.

The catalogue has been compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Society of Public Teachers of Law (now Society of Legal Scholars) Archive

Society of Legal Scholars (formerly Society of Public Teachers of Law)

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CONTACT DETAILS OF ORGANISATION AT TIME OF WRITING

Address: PO Box 3017, Bristol, BS6 9HJ, United Kingdom
Secretary: Rosa Bladon
Telephone: 07398 032393 (direct line, with voice mail)
Fax: n/a
Emailadmin@legalscholars.ac.uk
Websitewww.legalscholars.ac.uk

IDENTITY STATEMENT

Archive Reference: SPTL/SLS  
Title: The Society of Legal Scholars collection
Dates: 1909-2020
Level of description: collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 82 archive boxes; 39 volumes and 16 MB PDF files
Name of creator: The Society of Legal Scholars
Catalogue last updated: January 2021 

CONTEXT

Administrative history: the Society of Public Teachers of Law (SPTL) was founded in 1909 by Dr Edward Jenks, the then Principal and Director of Studies of the Law Society. 

Aims: Rule 2 of the Society states that "The objects of the society shall be the furtherance of the cause of legal education in England and Wales, and of the work and interests of public teachers of law therein by holding discussions and enquiries, by publishing documents, and by taking other steps as may from time to time be deemed desirable" (see SPTL 6: List of Members and Rules 1910).

The Society was to consist of a) ordinary members (any public teacher of law in England and Wales) and b) honorary members (any past teacher of law, overseas teacher of law or person who has "conferred important benefits on the Society or on legal education") (Ibid. Rule 6, p.11).

The Society's affairs were to be managed by a General Committee, whose officers were to consist of a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Honorary Secretary. Other Committee members were to comprise one member for each university conferring degrees in law, and one member for each body conferring professional qualifications in law. Thus all branches of legal education would be represented.
Since its inception, the SPTL has acted to improve the quality of legal education and research through publishing reports, setting up working parties, putting forward submissions, holding conferences and producing journals and newsletters on matters relevant to legal education. Its representation on the different law teaching bodies in England and Wales has meant that it has operated with great effectiveness as a pressure group for change.

In 2002 the Society of Public Teachers of Law was renamed the Society of Legal Scholars.

Sources/Publications: Further information about the Society can be found in Fiona Cownie and Raymond Cocks. “A Great and Noble Occupation!”: The History of the Society of Legal Scholars. Hart Publishing, 2009 (available in the IALS Library and as SPTL 25/10).

CONTENT 

Scope and content: the archive of the Society of Public Teachers of Law comprises:

  • Minute books and correspondence of the Council, General Committee, sub-committees and special committees
  • General correspondence and subject files
  • Papers of annual conferences and meetings and annotated papers presented at SPTL meetings
  • Registers, directories and lists of members and rules
  • Financial records
  • Printed material including the Journal of the SPTL/Legal Studies and SPTL Reporter
  • Correspondence and papers of individual officers of the Society.
  • Records of officers of the Society.
  • Conference and seminar records

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English 

System of arrangement: the archivist appointed to sort and list the archives of the SPTL in 1995 found that the material had been transferred ad hoc, with no covering lists identifying individual documents or classes of records. The piecemeal weeding, destruction and reclassification which had been carried out from time to time, either before or after transfer, made it impossible to establish genuinely representative and coherent record classes without imposing yet another arrangement of records and physically removing items from the series into which they had been placed. As a result the records have been left in their existing arrangement but given new archival series reference numbers, and detailed cross references have been made to records in different series covering the same functions. The original classification numbers allocated during the earlier listing attempts described above have been retained alongside the new series numbers and noted in bold type.

In 2009-2010 and in 2014 second and third stages of work were undertaken to catalogue accruals to the collection. Where appropriate, material was added to existing series. However, as noted above, the arrangement of the existing catalogue reflected the specific circumstances and records arrangement found in 1995. Therefore a number of new series were created to accommodate the new material.

Conditions governing access: material not already in the public domain will be made available for public access after 20 years, other than records containing personal data which are closed for 75 years.  Closed items are designated in red.

Conditions governing reproduction: copies may be made for private use.  Requests for permission to publish any material copied or extracts thereof should be made to the copyright holder.  A Copyright Declaration – request for copies or a  Copyright Declaration - self service photography form must be completed. 

Copyright: vested in the Society of Legal Scholars, except where held by third parties.

Physical characteristics: Paper-based, in both loose and bound volume format.

Finding aids: An index to SPTL papers by series number was created during the initial cataloguing in 1995, when the catalogue was only available as hard copy document and therefore not searchable electronically. This index has been amended during the cataloguing of the second tranche of material in 2009–2010, and again in 2020.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION 

Archival history: prior to 1997, SPTL officers had employed no consistent or coherent records management policies; each officer presumably made his own decisions to dispose of records according to his own interests. A considerable quantity of early records dating from the Society's inception has been preserved, as has very recent material, but there are large gaps in holdings, particularly for the 1950s, plus evidence of ad hoc destruction, weeding and later re-arrangement of material into subject groups, destroying any original order. At some stage SPTL records were transferred to IALS, but the circumstances of the transfer or transfers are unknown. From the late 1980s a more coherent, if less prolific, policy of transferring SPTL publications was instituted, and in the 1990s regular transfers of minutes, programmes and printed papers began.

More formal filing procedures were implemented after the post of Administrative Secretary was created in 1997 and transfers of records to the archive held by IALS became more systematic.

Immediate source of acquisition: more recent transfers of SPTL material have included regular transfers of minutes and related papers, copies of SPTL publications, and papers donated by Professors William Twining, James Read, Fiona Cownie and John Bell relating to their time as officers of the Society. Professor Read has also donated some copies of the Directory and Newsletter. A further collection of papers has been passed to the Archives by Mr. Barry Hough dating from his period of office as Assistant Secretary from 1985-1990; the papers primarily comprise copy minutes, which have been added to existing holdings, and printed material.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: in 1995 an archivist was appointed to sort and list the archives of the SPTL as part of a project to identify records relating to legal education and research and to establish a legal education archive at IALS. The archive was appraised, weeded and sorted by the RLEA Archivist and an assistant in the same year.

In 2009-2010, again in 2014  and also 2020 a project archivist was appointed to integrate later accessions of material into the existing catalogue. This new material was appraised, weeded and sorted accordingly.

Terms of deposit: Deposit Agreement dated 19 June 2020.

Accruals: further accruals are expected.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: meeting minutes and papers which have been deposited by officers of the Society and which form part of their filing systems have been retained with their papers (SPTL 18, William Twining; SPTL 26, James Read; SPTL 33, Nick Wikeley; SPTL 34 (Peter Niven):

  • Council Minutes - SPTL 10 (1971-1984), SPTL26/8 (1972-1980), SPTL 20 (1985-1996), and SPTL 34/6 (1997-2001)
  • General Committee Minutes - SPTL 10 (1971-1973), SPTL 12 (1958-1971)
  • Executive Committee Minutes - SPTL 10 SPTL26/7 (1972-1980), SPTL 10 (1974, 1981-1984) SPTL18/20 (1978-1981) SPTL 34/7 (1997-2001).
  • The core series for AGM Minutes is at SPTL 22 (1973-1979, 1981-1999, 2003-2008), whilst additional minutes are found at SPTL 10 (1971-1984) SPTL4 (1910, 1913, 1921-1939, 1946-1949) SPTL18/1 (1965-1975) , SPTL26/1 (1965-1981). SPTL10 (1971-1984), SPTL 1 (1997-2001)

DESCRIPTION NOTES 

Archivist's note: Rules or conventions: original catalogue compiled in 1998 by Clare Cowling, Archivist.  It was updated in 2020 by Zoe Karens; the project was funded by the SLS.

The catalogue has been compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

TWIN: Professor William L Twining's papers

Professor William L Twining's papers

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IDENTITY STATEMENT

Archive Reference: TWIN  
Title: Papers deposited by Professor William L Twining, Law Teacher
Dates: 1944-2006
Level of description: collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 28 archive boxes (7 shelf metres)
Name of creator: Professor W L Twining
Catalogue last updated: December 2020

CONTEXT

Biographical History: William Lawrence Twining (b.1934) has had a long and distinguished career in law teaching and has been involved in many projects relating to legal education.  He was educated at Charterhouse School, Brasenose College, Oxford and the University of Chicago.  

University posts:

  • Lecturer in Private Law at the University of Khartoum (1958-1961)
  • Senior Lecturer in Law at University College, Dar-es-Salaam (1961-1965)
  • Professor of Jurisprudence at the Queen's University, Belfast (1965-1972)
  • Professor of Law at the University of Warwick (1972-1982)
  • Quain Professor of Jurisprudence at University College London (1983-1996)
  • Director of University of London LLM Review (1992-1993)

Other activities:

  • Editor of Law in Context series, 1961-1991
  • Membership of the Committee on Legal Education in Northern Ireland (1972-1974)
  • Presidency of the Society of Public Teachers of Law (SPTL; now the Society of Law Teachers) (1978-1979)
  • Presidency of the UK Society for Legal and Social Philosophy (1980-1983)
  • Chairmanship of the Bentham Committee (1982- )
  • Chairmanship of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA) (1983-1993)

Publications 

Publications include: How to do things with rules with David Miers (1976); editor of Law publishing and legal information: Small jurisdictions of the British Isles with Jennifer Uglow (1981); Theories of evidence: Bentham and Wigmore (c1985); editor of Legal theory and common law (1986); editor of Essays on Kelsen with Richard Tur (1986); editor of Learning lawyers' skills with Neil Gold and Karl Mackie (1989); editor of Access to legal education and the legal profession with Rajeev Dhavan and Neil Kibble (1989); Rethinking evidence: exploratory essays (1990); editor of Issues of self-determination (1991); Analysis of evidence: how to do things with facts with Terence Anderson (1991); editor of Evidence and proof with Alex Stein (1992); joint editor of Legal Records in the Commonwealth with Emma Varnden Quick (Aldershot, Dartmouth, 1994); Blackstone's tower: the English law school (1994); Law in context: enlarging a discipline (1997); edited the Law in Context series and the Jurists' series.  See the IALS online library catalogue for further publications.

CONTENT 

Scope and content: the collection comprises records relating to Professor Twining’s work for specific professional bodies and to research projects, predominantly focussed on the areas of the history of legal education and the teaching of legal education.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English 

System of arrangement: there was no discernible original order across the two tranches of material.  Therefore, in order to give an overview of career and research interests and to support future accruals, the material has been sorted into three broad series relating to general academic career (TWIN 01), organisations and boards on which Prof Twining sat (TWIN 02); and research work (TWIN 03).  Third party articles and publications deposited have been retained as TWIN 04.  Within these series, the material has been sorted chronologically in order to give a sense of chronological development.

Conditions governing access: open 20 years after last date on file other than material containing personal data.  Closed items are designated in red.

Conditions governing reproduction: copyright remains with Professor Twining; requests to publish material should be referred to him (contact details available from the Archivist). Copyright declaration form to be completed. Digital photography copyright declaration form to be completed.

Physical characteristics: paper

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION 

Archival history: the records have been deposited with IALS in three tranches.  The first tranche was received between 1995 and 1997 as part of the Records of Legal Education project.  This project resulted in the creation of a Records of Legal Education Archives (now subsumed into the IALS Archives), into which these papers were deposited. The papers related to the Law in Context series, Laws In London project and the review of the University of London LLM course, as well as papers relating to the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools, the Commonwealth Legal Education Association, the Society of Public Teachers of Law and of the Commonwealth Legal Records Project.

In March 2013, a second set of material was deposited at IALS via Professor Fiona Cownie who sorted, appraised and identified the material prior to its transfer to the Archives.  

In 2016 a further tranche of Twining material was deposited by Professor Cownie.  A detailed list of this material was made in 2020 as part of a project to catalogue SLS records by the project cataloguer, Zoe Karens.  The large amount of non-SLS material identified during this process awaits cataloguing.

Immediate source of acquisition: Professor Twining and Professor Cownie.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: during the Records of Legal Education project (1994-1998), records created or obtained by Prof Twining as an officer of the Committee of Heads of University Law Schools, the Commonwealth Legal Education Association, the Society of Public Teachers of the Law and of the Commonwealth Legal Records Project were transferred to the collections held at IALS and catalogued as part of these collections (see Related Material below).  This practice has been discontinued and the material deposited at IALS after this period has been catalogued as part of the Twining collection. 

Obvious duplicates and material not related to legal education or Professor Twining’s career have been deaccessioned.  For specific appraisal decisions please see under the relevant series descriptions.

Terms of deposit: Deposit Agreement dated 11 February 2020.

Accruals: further accruals are expected.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: material deposited by Prof Twining between 1995 and 1997 which was accumulated and created by him as an officer of a specific organisation or group was catalogued in the relevant collections under the following references:

Reference  Dates  Reference Description
CHULS 3 1983-1984 Papers of W L Twining as Convenor, Committee of Heads of University Law Schools working party on implications for law as a discipline of the Leverhulme Report and the Circular letter from the Chairman of the UGC No 16/83
CLEA 2 1977-1994 Papers of W L Twining as an officer of the Commonwealth Legal Education Association
SPTL 18 1965-1985 Papers of W L Twining as an officer of the Society of Public Teachers of Law
UOL Archives 1992-1993 Official papers of the UOL LLM Review ref: AC/8/33/5

Professor Twining was also Supervisor of the following projects whose papers are held by IALS:

  • The Commonwealth Legal Records Project, the administrative records of which were passed to IALS for safekeeping by the co-ordinator on the project's completion in 1993.  These papers are held in the IALS Archives; ref: CLRP.
  • The Records of Legal Education Project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, from 1994-1998.  The administrative records of the project were passed to the IALS for safekeeping by the co-ordinator on the project's completion in 1998.  These papers are held in the IALS Archives; ref RLEP.
  • The Legal Records at Risk Project, financed by a generous philanthropic donor and based at the IASLS, which ran from 2017-2019.  Published material, including a book on the Project’s findings, is available on the IALS Archives website at https://ials.sas.ac.uk/library/archives/legal-records-risk-lrar-project

Related material held elsewhere: some of Professor Twining's papers relating to law teaching in Dar-es-Salaam are held at Rhodes House Library (ref: MSS Afr s 1825 811 (115).  

DESCRIPTION NOTES 

Archivist's note: The original listing, sorting, arrangement and appraisal recommendations of the first tranche was carried out by Clare Cowling as part of the Records of Legal Education project 1996-1998.  Subsequent cataloguing, arrangement and appraisal was carried out by Melanie Peart between 2014 and 2015, along with the sorting, appraisal, arrangement and cataloguing of the second tranche of material.  In 2020 the third tranche was formally accessioned by the SLS project cataloguer, Zoe Karens, as part of the SLS cataloguing project, to determine how much of the material comprised records of the SLS. 

Rules or conventions: original catalogue compiled in [-] by [-] in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

UKNCCL: United Kingdom National Committee of Comparative Law

United Kingdom National Committee of Comparative Law Archive

Address at time of writing c/o the Joint Secretaries, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR. Ph 020 7862 5151. Fax 020 7862 5152

The UKNCCL was established in 1956? (earliest colloquium recorded in IALS Library). Its object is to advance education by promoting and encouraging the study of Comparative law. Its membership is open to law schools which provide for the teaching of Comparative law; and institutions and organisations which are concerned with the promotion of the comparative study of law. It arranges regular colloquia on Comparative law; most colloquia papers have been published.

The Committee is run by a Council overseen by an elected Chairman. Business is carried out by two joint honorary secretaries and a treasurer.

The papers listed below were transferred to the Records of Legal Education Archives in 1997 by Professor James Read, Joint Honorary Secretary of the UKNCCL from 1972-1973.

The Library also manages the web archive of the UK Centre for Legal Education (UKCLE)

Some of our collections can also be searched on the Senate House Libraries archives catalogue.