Legal Journals Index

Legal Journals Index (LJI) is part of the Westlaw UK online service. It indexes articles from around 800 law journals published in the United Kingdom and Europe.


LJI, as part of the Westlaw suite of resources, is available to all academic library users onsite at IALS, and to IALS academic staff and students offsite. LLM students registered at other colleges will be able to have offsite access to Westlaw from their college library websites.

The access point is the LJI link from the electronic law library on the IALS Library website.   This link will take you to the main Westlaw page, then you need to click on Journals.


Over 800 UK and English-language European journals are indexed by LJI, starting in 1986.  Abstracts and citation details are given for each article; links to the full text are available for about a tenth of the journals covered.

LJI states that it includes all "substantive" articles, which generally means articles of one page or more.


The default is to search Westlaw's collection of about 80 full-text journals as well as Legal Journals Index.  If you want to restrict your search to LJI, click on the Legal Journals Index link, in the lower half of the Journals screen; the search template will now apply to LJI only.

The basic search screen allows you to search by author and/or words from the title word. It also has a Free Text box, which searches the whole of LJI, including the article abstracts.

Advanced search offers additional search options, including subject or keyword, legislation or case cited, article, journal or author name and year of publication.

Printing, saving and emailing

Once you have done a search, you can save, print or email the results using the icons towards the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Help Files

The Journals Screen has a "Help and coverage" link.  For details of search commands and connectors, click on "List of connectors".  Search tips are also available, via the "i" buttons.