Association of Law Teachers Archive

Association of Law Teachers: Archives, 1965-2011

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Membership Secretary: Charlotte Harrison, Portsmouth University


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


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.


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. 


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 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. 


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.


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.

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