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The following databases are available for use by City Law School students. If you have trouble using a database, please contact the Law Librarian or use the helpdesk.

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Chatham House Online Archive contains the research, publications, speeches and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), the world-leading independent international affairs policy institute founded in 1920.

Ideal for those of you interested in International Law (it contains the British Yearbook of International Law), the UN or International Security, War and Conflict.

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Get access to cases, as well as PI essentials like Kemp & Kemp.

Linex Legal is a commercial current awareness service. It presents material provided by major law firms and government institutions. In addition to its website, it provides a weekly email alerter with links to the latest articles published in subscribers' chosen practice areas. city Law School students should register using their City University email addresses to qualify for free access.

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Get access to The Times from 1785-1985 - search by keyword or by field (date, article title, author, page number etc) to get the full text of any Times article. You can also find cases by going to Advanced Search and checking the Law box.

Access Times Digital Archive

This excellent service provides online access to recordings from radio and TV - has the whole Radio 4 Law in Action series. Like BBC iPlayer but there's no expiry date for programmes.

Login and then search for City as the institution to enable your personalised login.

Access BoB

This resource brings together decisions on public international law from a range of courts; from international to domestic. As well as the decisions themselves you also get access to detailed commentary and analysis.

There are 5 modules: International Law in Domestic Courts, International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, International Investment Claims and International Courts of General Jurisdiction.

Access ORIL

The House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (HCPP) now includes over 200,000 House of Commons sessional papers from 1715 to the present, with supplementary material back to 1688.

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The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL) is a comprehensive online resource containing peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of public international law. Written and edited by a team of over 800 scholars and practitioners, published in partnership with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and updated throughout the year.

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JustCite is a legal search engine and citator service that cross-references case law, legislation and journal articles.

JustCite indexes content from all major online legal publishers and links you to content to which we subscribe.

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This service from Jordans comprises the journal Family Law, the Family Law Reports and Hershman & MacFarlane on Children.

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Developed and maintained by Kluwer in conjunction with theICCA and the Institute for Transnational Arbitration, Kluwer Arbitration contains expert commentary and a large collection of primary sources, including ICC Cases and Awards. Key books include: Blackaby: Redfern & Hunter, Born: INternational Commercial Arbitration and the Yearbook of Commercial Arbitration. Journals are fab - Arbitration International and the Journal of International Arbitration.

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Huge collection of e-books from OUP. Check out the latest list of titles available.

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Massive reference tool - dictionaries, encyclopedias...

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Keep up to date with cases, legislation and regulatory material affecting the print and broadcast media. Excellent resource for media lawyers, journalists, editors and reporters.

Search news via area of law or reverse chronologically.

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Access via a specialist username/password (available on request from Emily). Bear in mind only one person can use it at a time.

News-tastic! Includes over 12,000 news sources, newspapers, newsletters, magazines and trade journals including over 450 International publications, with over 250 newswires updated continuously, many within minutes of publication.

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The British Library's Electronic Thesis Online Service offers a single point of access for theses produced by UK Higher Education. Some universities offer free open access to download their digital thesis, but others may require a fee from the researcher.

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JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. It offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines.

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Lexis is an immense database with access to cases, legislation and journal articles. Practitioner texts are also available, including Blackstones Criminal Practice, Lester & Pannick: Human Rights Law and Practice, Paget's Law of Banking, Whish: Competition Law amongst 149 others.

You can also access really monster Lexis publications - Halsbury's Laws (the legal encyclopedia) and Halsbury's Statutes amongst them.

Law report-wise you can find many key series in LNB: All England Law Reports (All ER), The Law Reports (AC, QB, Ch etc), Times Law Reports (TLR) amongst others.

Access using your IT username and password.

Westlaw is a huge database containing cases, legislation and journal articles. Searching for cases within Westlaw is a joy, particularly thanks to the Case Analysis function. This cool tool almost does your research for you, listing lots of extra stuff about a case; its history, where its been cited subsequently and, best of all, all the journal articles which talk about your case.

Law report series included in Westlaw include the Weekly Law Reports (WLR), The Law Reports (AC, QB, Ch etc), Fleet Street Reports (FSR), Common Market Law Reports (CMLR) and Housing Law Reports amongst others.

The journal collection is admirable; including the Conveyancer (Conv), Criminal Law Review (Crim L.R.), European Law Review (E.L.Rev), Law Quarterly Review (LQR), Oxford Journal of Legal Studies (OJLS) and Public Law (P.L.) as well as loads more...


HeinOnline is an American database which offers access to a huge number of journals. Unlike Lexis or Westlaw it generally offers full coverage of journal titles, ie. from volume 1, issue 1.

It offers a wide selection of American Journals with extensive coverage, eg. Harvard Law Review (1887-), Yale Law Journal (1891-).

Its collection of English journals is growing and key ones to remember are as follows: Cambridge Law Journal (1921-), Industrial Law Journal (1972-1997), International and Comparative Law Quarterly (1952-), Law Quarterly Review (1885-), Legal Studies (1981-)

Access using your IT username and password.

There's a Hein App now too - http://home.heinonline.org/heinonline-app/

Law School News
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The Law Reform Committee of the General Council of the Bar organises an annual Essay Competition designed to encourage and foster an interest in law reform.

The Competition is open to

  • Pupil barristers
  • BPTC students
  • CPE/GDL students
  • Qualifying law degree students and those aiming for a career at the Bar

Entrants are invited to submit an essay of not more than 3,000 words that identifies and makes the case for a law reform that is desirable, practical and useful.

The Competition is sponsored by the Bar Council Scholarship Trust and the prizes are

  • £4,000 for the winner
  • £2,500 for the runner up
  • £1,500 for the best CPE/GDL student entry
  • £1,000 for the runner up CPE/GDL entry
  • 2 x £500 highly commended awards

Closing date for the competition is 17:00 on 7 October 2014. The prizes will be presented immediately after the Annual Law Reform Lecture, which this year will be given by Professor Sir Francis Jacob on Tuesday 18 November 2014 at 17:30 in Inner Temple Hall.

For more info see the competition flyer and rules, or look at the website.

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If you missed it on Jan 30th you can still read it online...
Posted by Site Admin on 14 Feb at 11:21pm
Go online and request any print title you would like us to add to our collection.
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We've just taken on 1000's of ebooks on a trial basis - basically if you use them...we will buy them!

Many of these are available on the library website but some are not. Taylor & Francis and Routledge books need to be accessed via their own website - just login and browse content by Law. You can then look at books via subject area (e.g. Contract Law & Tort, Islamic Law etc).

If you need help, there's a helpful guide available.

Posted by Site Admin on 8 Oct at 4:32pm

The Library has negotiated for you to be able to access current content from the Financial Times online, as well as The Economist.

See the post on Lawbore blog: Need to boost your commercial awareness? for full access details.

Posted by Site Admin on 5 Oct at 10:56am

Wifi printing is now available across all sites, enabling students to print from laptop computers, iPads as long as they're connected to City's wi-fi network.

Go here to upload files or documents to be sent to their chosen printers. All networked printers are available from the menu.

Posted by Site Admin on 5 Oct at 10:53am

Upcoming Law Events
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Event Time: 05/09/2014 - 06/09/2014

Venue: The University of Law, 14 Store Street, London, WC1E 7DE Tel: +44 (0) 800 [ map to venue ]

After last year's success, the IBA and ILSA are joining forces again to create a unique international conference for law students. The second IBA-ILSA Conference will take place in London, in the beautiful historic area of Bloomsbury - a central location, close to both the City and the West End.

With a programme of sessions that range from substantive legal theory to informative vocational panels we aim to cater to students at all levels of their legal education.

What will the second IBA-ILSA Conference offer?

  • A chance to meet fellow law students from around the world
  • A range of educational and vocational panels
  • A complementary drinks and canapé reception at the iconic Gallery in the Crypt at Saint-Martin-in-the-Fields (Trafalgar Square), as well as catered lunches and breaks for all delegates
  • A chance to explore one of the world's most iconic cities.

Session topics include:

  • Getting hired: tactics and tips for applications, interviews and assessments
  • Strategic decision making in law
  • Keynote by Professor Dr Geert Van Calster on the role of science in international law
  • Pathways to employment in international law
  • Jessup Compromis 2015 discussion
  • How to make the most out of your network
  • ILSA Chapters networking and programme building session
  • IBA-ISLA Student Oratory Competition

For more information about this conference please go to the International Bar Association website.


Event Time: Details to be announced.

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Charles Clore House 17 Russell Square London WC1B 5DR [ map to venue ]

Seminar series organised jointly by the European Criminal Law Association (UK) and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies .

More information online on IALS website.

Event Time: 13:30 - 16:30

Venue: Great Hall, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB [ map to venue ]

City University 2014 Law Fair sponsored by Macfarlanes LLP.

Th Law Fair is primarily aimed at City Law School students but will also be open to students from other City courses as well, who are thinking of pursuing a career in law. First year students are encouraged to attend so that they can research organisations and vacation opportunities.

Exhibitors include:

11 Stone Buildings, Accutrainee, AllAboutLaw.co.uk, Blackstone Chambers, Blake Lapthorn, Chambers Student, Civil Service Fast Stream, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper UK LLP, DWF LLP, EY Law, Free Representation Unit (FRU), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Government Legal Service, Landmark Chambers, LawCareers.Net, Lawyer 2B, Lex100, LPC Law, Macfarlanes (sponsors), McMillan Williams Solicitors, Monckton Chambers, Police Now, RPC, SEO London, South Square Chambers, The Bar Council, The City Law School and Travers Smith.

For more information please go to the City University website.


Event Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Venue: Common Room, Atkin Building, Grays Inn Place, City Law School [ map to venue ]

Are you looking to refine your CV - check it ticks all the boxes?

As a BPTC, LLM or LPC student, there is a great opportunity coming up to have your CV looked over by the Careers team at City.

In this 10 to 15 minute review, experts will check your CV and look at areas like

  • Suitable look and feel;
  • How to tailor it for different job opportunities;
  • The quirks of a legal cv;
  • Effectively describing your skills.

It's first-come, first served so make sure you get to the Student

Common Room in Atkin Building, Grays Inn Place on Tuesday 21nd October between 1.30 and 4pm.


Event Time: 6:15 PM

Venue: Room to be confirmed, Gray's Inn Place Campus, City University [ map to venue ]

Join Silvia Van den Bruel as she discusses Commercial Awareness and how prospective barristers can better market themselves in this exclusive event organised by the City Law School Pupillage Advisory Service.

"Being in the business of becoming a successful barrister"

Surely all it takes to become a successful barrister is to have an excellent law degree tucked under your arm and to possess the ability to dazzle the judge with your compelling advocacy? Our speaker would argue that in this day's competitive environment, you probably need to arm yourself with a few extra tools. During this talk she will share a few practical tips and there will be time to ask any questions you may have.

Our speaker, Silvia Van den Bruel is Marketing & BD Manager at 11 Stone Buildings a leading Commercial/Chancery set. Between 2002 and 2007 she was Marketing Manager at Monckton Chambers which was nominated for 'Best Marketed Chambers' at the Legal Marketing Awards 2007."

Read Ins and Outs of a Pupillage at 11 Stone Buildings. More Good than Bad on Legal Half Hour.

Open to current and prospective City Students. Registration is required please email cls-gip-school-office@city.ac.uk

For more information please go to the City University Website.


Event Time: 6 PM - 7 PM

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Charles Clore House 17 Russell Square London WC1B 5DR [ map to venue ]

More and more people are finding themselves turning from light fiction and reading legislation instead. Is this a good thing?

Join Sir Geoffrey Bowman, KCB, QC and Lord Dyson as they discuss this matter in an exclusive event organsied by IALS.

This event is free but registration is required.

Venue: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Charles Clore House 17 Russell Square London WC1B 5DR [ map to venue ]

Join the Institute of English Studies, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and Senate House Library as they take you behind the scenes to see how published works and archival materials and the ideas contained in them are affected, obscured or distorted by censorship in 'Forbidden Access': a multidisciplinary conference.

Call for papers

Proposals for 20 minute papers on censorship without restriction as to historical period or place are invited from historians, book historians, lawyers, legal historians, biographers, librarians, archivists and literary scholars on any aspect of the power of censorship, including, though not limited to:


• Direct state intervention in published expression
• Covert and direct censorship in the library and archive
• Self-censorship
• The role of the publisher in enforcing, testing or resisting censorship
• The effects of legislation, from the Obscene Publications Acts to the Terrorism Act
• Censorship and the legal protection of rights of freedom of expression and information
• Resistance from libertarians, campaigning groups and NGOs
• Suppression of materials through religious and cultural sensitivity
• Potential for creatively positive effects of writing to avoid the attention of the censor
• Reputational elevation of writers through their censored status

For more information please go to the IALS website.


Event Time: 10:30 am

Venue: Rooms to be confirmed, Gray's Inn Place Campus [ map to venue ]

Join barristers from 11 Stone Buildings as they discuss their profession in this exclusive event organised by the City Law School Pupillage Advisory Service.

This event is open to everyone. To register for this event please email cls-gip-school-office@city.ac.uk

For more information please go to the City University Website.

Event Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Venue: Common Room, Atkin Building, Grays Inn Place, City Law School [ map to venue ]

Are you looking to refine your CV - check it ticks all the boxes?

As a BPTC, LLM or LPC student, there is a great opportunity coming up to have your CV looked over by the Careers team at City.

In this 10 to 15 minute review, experts will check your CV and look at areas like

  • Suitable look and feel;
  • How to tailor it for different job opportunities;
  • The quirks of a legal cv;
  • Effectively describing your skills.

It's first-come, first served so make sure you get to the Student

Common Room in Atkin Building, Grays Inn Place on Tuesday 25th November between 5.30 and 8pm.

Our small ads board gives all students a place to sell their used books and more. It's open to anyone with an ac.uk email address.

See all the ads in full »

E-Library

Many electronic law journals, reports and practitioner texts are available to City Law School students online. Almost all of them are only available on subscription, which means you will need a suitable username and password to connect. Contact the Law Librarian for more details.

E-JournalsA-Cap  Chi-Eco  Ent-Eur  Fam-Int  Int-Jou  Jou-Jou  Jou-Kin  Kin-Leg  Llo-Nor  Oxf-Tax  Tru-Z
E-ReportsA-Est  Eur-Sim  Tim-Z
E-TextsA-Gre  Hal-Z

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