The IALS library plays a leading role in the training of law librarians in the United Kingdom. One of the ways that this is achieved is through the recruitment each year of graduate trainee library assistants to the library staff.

During their year here the trainees gain experience of working in four different sections of the library, attend training sessions on the use of legal reference materials and visit several law libraries in London. Many of the trainees go on to complete a postgraduate qualification in information studies and to work in law libraries in the commercial, academic and government sectors.

Given below are details of the qualifications and jobs obtained by some of the ex-graduate trainees of the Institute from the last few years, where this information has been obtainable.

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Past Trainees


Katie Robinson

Katie will begin her studies at the end of September for a Library and Information Studies MA, part-time at UCL, and has secured a scholarship from the Stationers Foundation.  She has also started work as a part-time Library Assistant at the UCL Crucible Hub and will be remaining with us here at IALS as one of our casual Library Assistants.

Anna Smart

Anna will be studying full-time for a Library and Information Studies MA from the end of September at UCL and will be staying with us at IALS as one of our casual Library Assistants.


Nadia Djeridi

Nadia remained with us for a short while in September as one of our part-time casual Library Assistant at IALS. In November she began a 12-week Full Stack Software Engineering training programme as the starting point for a career in IT.

Mansi Dhokia

Mansi began her studies for the MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL at the start of October after completing her year here at IALS. She also works part-time as an Information Assistant at Macfarlanes LLP.


Paige Dann

Paige decided to study for her MA in Library and Information Management at the University of Sheffield, via distance learning after completing her trainee year here at IALS in 2021. She now works as an Information Officer at international law firm Trowers & Hamlins.


Shaun Heaney

Shaun remained with us for a short while in 2021 while contemplating a return to academic study.


Naomi Reeve

Within a month of leaving IALS, Naomi began working as an Information Administrator at Linklaters in 2019.


Katie Radford

Katie joined us in 2017 as our Graduate Trainee Library Assistant.  She studied via distance learning for an MA in Library and Information Services Management, University of Sheffield, and returned to IALS permanently in the role of Senior Library Assistant (Serials) in 2021.


Lauren Cummings

Lauren completed her MSc in Library Science at City, University of London while working as Document Supply Manager at IALS.  Since January 2022, after working as Knowledge and Research Assistant at Cooley LLP,  she is now Subject Librarian for ICCE, IMS, Law, Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Christopher Dyer

Chris started his law library career as Knowledge and Research Assistant at Skadden Arps before moving to Slaughter and May in September 2021 as Research and Information Adviser.