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 24th November 2018. 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
  • Optional tours of the IALS Library led by senior library staff.

PhD Day Two Programme

Day 2 The PhD journey: Supervision, research ethics and preparing yourself for upgrade and vivas
Thursday 28th February 2019. 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
  • Optional tours of the IALS Library led by senior library staff.

PhD Day Three Programme

Day 3: Researching, disseminating and publishing in the digital world
Friday 10th May 2019. 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?
  • Publishing in Open Access online law journals
  • 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:

  • Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, University of Kent
  • David Gee, Deputy Librarian, IALS
  • Laura Griffiths, Academic Services Librarian, IALS
  • Narayana Harave, IALS Digital Librarian, IALS
  • Dr Natasa Mavronicola, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Birmingham
  • Sinead Moloney, Publisher, Hart Publishing, Oxford
  • Dr Nóra NiLoideain, Director and Lecturer in Law, Information Law & Policy Centre, IALS
  • Professor Eva Pils, Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College Lonodn
  • Professor Avrom Sherr, Emeritus Professor of Law, IALS
  • Dr Constantin Stefanou, Director of Taught Programmes and Senior Lecturer in Law, Sir William Dale Centre for Legislative Studies, IALS
  • IALS Research Students
  • Hester Swift , Foreign and International Law Librarian, IALS
  • Dr Judith Townend, University of Sussex
  • Alice Tyson, Senior Librarian from IALS Library
  • Joe Ury, Executive Director, BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute), IALS
  • Professor Lisa Webley, University of Birmingham and IALS
  • Professor Jane Winters, Professor of Digital Humanities, School of Advanced Study
Page last updated: 2nd October 2018