Law Society: Examination Records

Law Society: Examination Records (PDF handlist)

Reference code(s): GB 1697 A.LSOC
Held at: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Date(s): 1836 - 1986
Level of description: Sub-fonds of Records of Legal Education Archives
Extent: 412 volumes; 51 files
Name of creator(s): The Law Society


Administrative/Biographical 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 regulatory and representational role for the profession.

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.


Scope and content/abstract: 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.


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 include examination results, as noted in individual series descriptions.
Conditions governing access: Printed and published material open. Candidate information and examination results 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.
Conditions governing reproduction: Copyright remains with the Law Society. Copyright declaration form to be completed. Digital photography copyright declaration form to be completed.
Finding aids: Detailed catalogue available at the IALS and on IALS website as PDF list for download


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

Accruals : Further accruals are not expected.

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


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


Archivist's note : Compiled by Elizabeth J Dawson

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 of description : December 2008


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