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Has someone (staff or student) really made a difference to your time at City? Nominate them for an Academic Impact Award!

There are 11 awards you can nominate for, in 4 categories (Experience, Support, Teaching and Programme Representatives)

Take a look at the Academic Impact Awards website for full information on how to nominate. Deadline is 16th April at 5pm.

Law School news posted by Emily on Mon 12 Mar, 2018

SCL Essay Prize - deadline 1st June

The Society for Computers and Law (SCL) annual essay competition asks entrants to write a maximum of 2000 words in order to be in with a chance of winning a free place at the annual SCL Conference, publication of your essay in the SCL Computers and Law magazine and £250.

The 2018 competition asks students to address the following question:

“Are state legislation and case law, or Internet Service Provider action, more important to the enforcement of rules on Internet users? Discuss with respect to key internet platforms’ Terms of Service and privacy policies.”

Find all the information you need to enter (instructions/rules) via the SCL website but deadline is 5pm on the 1st June 2018

Law School news posted by Emily on Tue 13 Mar, 2018

Have a friend or family member in need of legal advice?

The City Law School is offering free, confidential and independent legal advice sessions on civil law matters to the local community. Students will work with qualified lawyers to provide guidance on issues such as: small claims, personal injury, consumer, employment and landlord/tenant.

Take a look at the full post on Future Lawyer for details on how to book.

Law School news posted by Emily on Fri 20 Oct, 2017

Need help with Westlaw or Lawtel?

Hello! My name is Manal Samad and I am your Westlaw UK and Lawtel representative on campus. I will be organising clinics and certification courses throughout the academic year. If you have any questions you could either find me at my drop in sessions, held every Tuesday from 15:00 - 16:00 (room to be confirmed), or send me an email at

Law School news posted by Emily on Wed 4 Oct, 2017

Lunchtime study skills workshops

Take a look at the huge range of workshops being provided by City's Learning Enhancement & Development (LEaD) Team this term- critical thinking, digital literacy, note-taking, understanding marking criteria, mind mapping, dissertation and essay writing... and MUCH MORE!

Law School news posted by Emily on Sun 1 Oct, 2017

Accessing the FT online

Those of you wanting to improve your commercial awareness will know that the Financial Times is a useful tool for this.

Those of you who already have an account with will now need to re-register.

If you're new to City and would like to register for an account, please follow the info provided via the library website.

Law School news posted by Emily on Thu 14 Sep, 2017

Need to use another library to find materials?

Read all about the Sconul Access scheme via the City Library Services website.

Law School news posted by Emily on Mon 4 Sep, 2017
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Upcoming Law Events

Tue 22 May, 2018
Placeless people: Writing, Rights and Refugees

22nd May 2018
Placeless people: Writing, Rights and Refugees

Event Time: 17:30-19:30

Venue: IALS, Russell Square, London

This is the John Coffin Memorial Annual Lecture, hosted by Professor Diamond Ashiagbor, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Chair: Professor Philippe Sands QC, Professor of Law, Faculty of Laws, University College London

Speaker: Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge, Professor of Modern Literature & History, School of History, University of East Anglia

In 1944 the political philosopher and refugee, Hannah Arendt wrote: 'Everywhere the word 'exile' which once had an undertone of almost sacred awe, now provokes the idea of something simultaneously suspicious and unfortunate.’ Exiles from other places have often caused trouble for ideas about sovereignty and the law and nationhood. But the meanings of exile changed dramatically in the twentieth century, often leaving human rights law struggling to catch-up. This lecture discusses how writers such as Arendt, Orwell, Simone Weil, Dorothy Thompson, and Samuel Beckett responded to the mass displacements of the last century. Sceptical about the ability of human rights to legislate for refugees, yet committed to universal justice, these writers challenge us to imagine new terms for placelessness in modern times. 

About the speaker:
Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge is currently Professor of Modern Literature and History at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of The Judicial Imagination: Writing after Nuremberg (winner of the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize 2016), The Writing of Anxiety (2007) and The Destructive Element (1998). Her new book, Placeless People: Writing, Rights, and Refugees, is due out later this year with OUP. She is also writing a short polemic, Writing and Righting: Literature in an Age of Human Rights.  Working between literature, law, and history, Lyndsey’s research in Human Rights and Refugee Studies is strongly interdisciplinary. Her current work for Refugee Hosts, for example, a GCRF-supported AHRC/ESRC project on refugee-refugee humanitarianism, uses poetry, photography, and oral history to understand how non-nation state political sovereignties are taking shape today. She is a co-editor of Refugee History, and writes journalism and broadcasts regularly.

John Coffin Memorial Lectures, Readings and Recitals:
Born in March 1868, Arthur Charles Coffin became an external student of the University of London, graduating with a pass degree in Arts in 1889 by private study. He retired as Inspector of Education to Dorset, and died aged 88 in July 1956 leaving his residual estate of £27,000 to the University in memory of his father John, a journeyman blacksmith from Dorchester.  The bequest was established to provide “grants as suitable occasion should arise” for lectures on “Christian Ethics”, “recent research of historical, literary or scientific interest”, “a chamber concert or recital by an ensemble or instrumentalist”, and “literary readings of prose or poetry” (NB: which may be in languages other than English).  In recent years annual lectures were added to the Coffin cycle in the History of Ideas, the History of the Book, Palaeography, and Irish Studies, and a rota governing Institute involvement per subject area was instituted through 2007-2014. “Mr Coffin was concerned that, in the growing intensity of specialisation in modern times, we should not lose sight of music, the arts and what he termed the cultural aspects of education, and, not the least, of good general teaching on a sound religious basis.”

This event will be followed by a reception

This event is FREE but advance booking is required.


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Event posted by Emily on Mon 5 March, 2018
Thu 24 May, 2018
Transparency in the Family Court: What goes on Behind Closed Doors?

24th May 2018
Transparency in the Family Court: What goes on Behind Closed Doors?

Who does the story belong to: the family or society? Where and how are the lines drawn? Until relatively recently the Family Court door was closed to all save the parties and professionals involved in the case. A 2014 initiative aimed to secure an immediate and significant change in practice to usher in greater understanding of the way in which the courts operate. The aim was to improve public awareness of the court process and to increase confidence in its actions. Transparency was the watch word of the day. Has it worked?

Speaker: Jo Delahunty QC

Time: 6pm

Location: St Barnard's Inn Hall

No charge for entry and no advance booking, but it is first-come, first served on arrival.

For venue information see the Gresham College website

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily Allbon on Thu 27 July, 2017
Thu 24 May, 2018
Lord Upjohn Lecture: Rethinking Legal Education (Prof William Twining)

24th May 2018
Lord Upjohn Lecture: Rethinking Legal Education (Prof William Twining)

Event Time: 17:30-20:00

Venue: Grays Inn, Atkin Building, City Law School, London WC1R 5DX [ map to venue (new window) ]

Join us for what promises to be an engaging and thought provoking evening with Professor William Twining. William is perhaps the most influential figure in British legal education and has provided insightful commentary on law, legal systems and law schools for over half a century.

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Wed 9 May, 2018
Thu 7 June, 2018
Sir Henry Brooke Annual Lecture: The Age of Reform

7th June 2018
Sir Henry Brooke Annual Lecture: The Age of Reform

Event Time: 5:30 registration, events starts 6pm

Venue: The lecture will take place in the auditorium of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. 65 Fleet Street London EC4Y 1HS

The Trustees of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII) are delighted to announce that the Fourth Annual BAILII Lecture will be given by Rt Hon Lord Burnett of Maldon, The  Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, on the topic of: The Age of Reform

[External Link]

Event posted by Emily on Wed 9 May, 2018


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i-law is THE database for those interested in maritime and commercial law. At City we subscribe to the Maritime and Insurance & Reinsurance modules.

Prime resources include Lloyds Law Reports and the Lloyds Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly.

This database requires an individual username and password - ask your library for this.

Need extra help? Check out the guide and videos.


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.

Need extra help? Kristina Voronenko is your LexisNexis Student Associate and can provide online research support to students and staff.


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-)

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There's a Hein App now too -

All databases require a City Law School student account for access. If you have trouble using a database, please email the Law Library or use the helpdesk form.

Electronic Journals, Reports and Texts

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All the e-journals, reports and texts available to City Law School students are collected on our separate E-texts Library where they are freely searchable and sortable according to many different categories and keywords.

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