How to get a PhD in Law - Sample Programmes and Speakers

Sample Programmes

PhD Day One programme

Day 1 The PhD in Law and research methods   
Saturday 30 Nov 2019. Book online.

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

PhD Day Two Programme

Day 2 The PhD journey: Supervision, research ethics and preparing yourself for upgrade and vivas
Wednesday 11 March 2020. Book online.

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

PhD Day Three Programme

Day 3: Researching, disseminating and publishing in the digital world
Friday 22 May 2020. Book online.

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
Page last updated: 17th February 2021