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Institute of Advanced Legal Study

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies was founded in 1947. It was conceived and is funded as a national academic institution, attached to the University of London, serving all universities through its programmes, facilities and national legal research library. Its function is to promote, facilitate and disseminate the results of advanced study and research in the discipline of law, for the benefit of persons and institutions in the UK and abroad.

The role of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is to conduct research; to promote and facilitate, within London and nationally and internationally, research and scholarship at an advanced level across the whole field of law; to disseminate the results of such research and scholarship; and to provide to all those undertaking research in law a library facility with up to date technology, that is international in character and standing.

IALS Library is a national and international resource for legal research.  The library’s  primary function is to serve a national academic research community but it has other significant and diverse communities to which it provides services including the world’s largest taught course master’s degree programme, large numbers of subscribing practising lawyers, and a small community of researchers and PhD students at the Institute itself.

IALS is a member-institute of the School of Advanced Study in the University of London .

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Main telephone number: 020 7862 5800
Library and Information Services number: 020 7862 5790

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