Law Society: Examination Records

Reference: LSOC
Title: The Law Society: Examination Records
Date: 1836 - 1984
Level of description: collection (fonds)
Extent and medium: 412 volumes; 51 files
Name of creator: The Law Society
Catalogue last updated: June 2020. See PDF Series List

CONTEXT

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.

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 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 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: a detailed catalogue is available on the IALS website.

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 April 2020 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.

Page last updated: 20th July 2020

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