Graduate Trainee Library Assistants


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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Nadia Djeridi
Sept 2022 -  Part time Casual Library Assistant at IALS
Mansi Dhokia
Sept 2022 -  Information Assistant at Macfarlanes and studying for the MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL
Paige Dann
Sept 2021 -  Studying Library and Information Management at the  University of Sheffield, via distance learning
Ed Aplin
Sept 2021 -  Awaiting information
Shaun Heaney  
Sept 2020 -  Library Assistant at IALS
Naomi Reeve  
Nov 2019 -  Information Administrator at Linklaters
Katie Radford  
Sept 2018 - Sept 2020 MA Library and Information Services Management (Distance Learning) . University of Sheffield.
Sept 2021 - Senior Library Assistant (Serials), IALS
Lauren Cummings  
Sept 2017 -  MSc  Library Science – City, University of London (part-time)
Sept 2017 - Feb 2019 Document Supply Supervisor at IALS
Feb 2019 - Dec 2021 Knowledge and Research Assistant at Cooley LLP
Jan 2022 -  Subject Librarian for ICCE, IMS, Law, Politics and International Relations at Goldsmiths, University of London
Christopher Dyer  
Sept 2017 - Sept 2021 Knowledge and Research Assistant at Skadden Arps
Sept 2021 -  Research and Information Adviser at Slaughter and May
Jamie Elliott
Sept 2016 -  PhD, Philosophy, Central European University, Budapest
Sharayne Kerr
Sept 2015 - 2016 MSc Library Science at City University, London
March 2017 - July 2018 Information Professional at Investec Bank PLC
Aug 2018 -  Careers Information and Research Officer at UCL
Dec 2020 -  Knowledge Assistant at Mourant 
Michael Cheng
Sept 2015 - Information not currently available
George Bray
Sept 2014 - 2015 MA Library and Information Studies at University College London
Oct 2015 - Mar 2016 Information Advisor: Document Supply and Open Access" at Cranfield University
Mar 2016 -  Repository and Metadata Assistant Librarian" at Robert Gordon University 
Verity Parkinson
Sept 2014-June 2015 MA Library and Information Studies at University College London
Sept 2015-Dec 2017 Library Assistant at Inner Temple Library
Jan 2018 - Nov 2018 Senior Library Assistant, Merton College, Oxford
Nov 2018 -  Resource Services and Support Librarian at Merton College, Oxford
George French
Sept 2014 - Information not available
Ben Cornish
Sept 2013 - M.Res Political Economics at Kingston University
Mark Pester
Sept 2013- MA Library and Information Studies at University College London
Joseph Tyler (April -Sept 2013)
  See 2011-2012
Joseph Tyler
Sept 2012 - July 2014 MA Continental Philosophy at University of Essex
October 2013 - February 2014 Facilitator of Philosophical Enquiry at the Philosophy Foundation
Feb 2014 - April 2016 Outreach Support Worker
April 2016 -  Operations & Knowledge Manager  at the Philosophy Foundation
Charlotte Dyer
Sept 2012- 2014 Fast Streamer at the Department of Work and Pensions
2014- PA to Directors. Newbury Building Society
Lauren Tuckerman
Sept 2012- MSc Information and Library Studies at Strathclyde University
Helena Rickard-Dean (formerly Dean)
Sept 2011 - July 2012 MA Library and Information Studies at University College London
Oct 2012- March 2014 Assistant Librarian at Greenwich School of Management
March 2014 - Jan 2016 Information Officer at BLM law firm
February 2016 - March 2017 Library and Information Specialist at Roche
April 2017 -  Information Services Procurement Adviser at Slaughter and May
Joanne Gallagher
Sept 2011- 2012 MA Library and Information Studies at University College London
Nov 2012- Dec 2015 Information Assistant, Taylor Wessing law firm
January 2016 - Nov 2019 Information Officer, Taylor Wessing law firm
Dec 2019 -  Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of Bedfordshire 
Matteo Di Domenica
Sept 2011- Information not available
Sept 2012- 2013 MA Digital Humanities at University College London
June 2014-Dec 2014 Library Digitisation Support Assistant at the Royal Society of Chemistry
Nicola Bell (Dellow)
Sept 2010 - Sept 2011 MA Library and Information Studies at University College London
2012 - June 2014 Library Assistant , Stanford University Libraries, USA
May 2015 - Dec 2018 Senior Library Assistant, UCL School of Pharmacy
Jordan Phillip
Sept 2010 Information not available
Adam Woellhaf
Sept 2010 - October 2015 Document Supply Service Supervisor, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Oct 2010 - Sept 2011 MSc Social and political theory, Birkbeck College
Oct 2015 - Sept 2021 Training and Development Librarian at Middle Temple Library
Sept 2021 -  Information Officer at Stephenson Harwood. Postgraduate diploma in Library & Information Management at Ulster University completed in 2020.

Past Trainees (1994 - 2009)

Page last updated: 22nd August 2022