IALS offers a popular "How to get a PhD in Law" programme of National Research Training Days to assist MPhil and PhD students in law registered at universities across the UK. This programme, provides the chance for informative discussion, legal research guidance and opportunities for networking. MPhil/PhD law students from across the UK are warmly invited to attend these specially tailored days of presentations and networking opportunities at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. You are welcome to book for one or more sessions as fits best for you.

Further details, fee information and the link to the online booking and payment forms are available from the Events listing on the IALS website or contact ials.events@sas.ac.uk

This programme is not running in 2023 but will be back in 2024.

Sample Programme

Day 1:The PhD in Law and research methods

Topics to be covered include:

  • Becoming a legal researcher: what is a PhD in Law?
  • Comparative Legal Research
  • Literature reviews
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research for PhDs
  • IALS Library: successful researching using our electronic resources

Day 2: The PhD journey: Supervision, research ethics and preparing yourself for upgrade and vivas

Topics to be covered include:

  • The PhD journey: The staging posts of your PhD and support for research students
  • Handling the supervision relationship
  • Student led discussion. Panel of research students who have completed or nearly completed their PhD’s will discuss how they approached researching their theses and the PhD journey. Session to be open to questions from the audience and discussion
  • Preparing for the Ethics Committee
  • Preparing for upgrade viva and the PhD viva
  • The foreign, international and comparative law research collections at IALS Library

Day 3: Researching, disseminating and publishing in the digital world

Topics to be covered include:

  • The PhD in law in the digital world
  • Legal writing
  • Disseminating your legal research
  • Getting your research published in journals
  • What books are law publishers looking to publish?
  • Tips on keeping up-to-date with your topic after completion


Speakers in the series of How to get a PhD in Law Training Days at IALS include:

  • Dr Colin King, Director of Research, IALS 
  • Sinead Moloney, Publisher, Hart Publishing, Oxford
  • Dr Nóra Ni Loideain, Director and Lecturer in Law, Information Law & Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
  • Rebecca O’Rouke, Publisher, Cambridge University Press
  • Emeritus Professor Avrom Sherr, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London
  • Dr Constantin Stefanou, Director of the Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies, IALS
  • Professor Carl Stychin, IALS Director
  • Hester Swift, Foreign and International Law Librarian, IALS Library
  • Dr Judith Townend, University of Sussex
  • Alice Tyson, senior librarian, IALS Library
  • Professor Lisa Webley, University of Birmingham
  • Professor Sally Wheeler, Dean of the Australian National University