The Institute welcomes visiting legal researchers from any university worldwide. To apply for membership you just need to complete and submit one of our application forms and supply proof of your current academic status and registration. (IALS and the School of Advanced Study's own students, staff and fellows can apply for a SAScard).
Members of academic staff of a recognised university, UK college of higher education or academic research institution are admitted for the current academic year.
Postgraduate research students (eg MPhil / PhD students) of a recognised university are admitted for the current academic year:
Non-University researchers with legal training are admitted on payment of a fee.
Postgraduate taught-course students (eg LLM students) are not normally admitted, except those registered at the University of London under a special arrangement with the law schools.
Temporary reference only admission for up to a total of seven days is permitted for postgraduate taught-course students once teaching is completed and students are working entirely on their dissertation. A letter of introduction from their tutor or department administrator confirming current registration and that teaching has been completed is required. IALS reserves the right to re-direct the student to another, more appropriate library for their needs.
Undergraduates are not normally admitted.
Temporary reference only admission for up to a total of seven days is permitted for University of London undergraduates on recommendation by letter from their tutor or law librarian. The letter should state that the student needs access to consult specialist materials in a particular area of foreign or international law that are not available at their college library. It is not necessary to list the specific items to be consulted. IALS reserves the right to re-direct the student to another, more appropriate library for their needs.
Students taking professional / vocational examinations are not admitted.
An institutional subscription scheme is available to law firms, sets of barristers' chambers, legal departments of commercial organisations, government departments and other institutional users. A subscription entitles any member of the firm, chambers or department to make personal use of the Library and to use the document supply services.