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Tripos subject paper support

During Michaelmas Term, seminars are provided to support Tripos students in the following subject papers:

  • Public Law;
  • Select Issues in International Law;
  • Women and the Law;
  • Medical Ethics;
  • Family Law.

Library support for LLM students

Lizz Edwards-Waller is the MCL and LLM Collection Supervisor and is the key contact in the library for all LLM students. Lizz can be contacted by e-mail: ew257@cam.ac.uk or at the Enquiry Desk.

LLM Book collection

The LLM book collection is reserved for Cambridge LLM and MCL students and reflects the needs of the taught courses on the LLM programme. This collection is located in the first two bays on the first floor and all the books can be identified by a red dot on the side. LLM students can borrow 10 books at a time from the LLM collection. Students wishing to borrow books should take them to the Enquiry Desk with their University card or alternative photo ID. All book loans automatically renew unless the book is requested by another library user.

Students can also borrow up to a maximum of 20 books from the main University Library and it also often possible to register to use other department and faculty libraries.

Moodle

The virtual learning environment, Moodle, allows for materials – handouts, reading lists and some journal articles and book chapters - to be made available for students to access. Please do get in contact with Lizz if you are unable to find core readings on Moodle as we can normally make these available, within copyright limits.

Thesis options

Students who write a thesis have the main collections of the Squire available for use. These collections are for reference purposes only and should be used during the normal opening hours of the library. The Squire welcomes suggestions for books acquisitions. See the Request a Book option.

Library support for MCL students

Lizz Edwards-Waller is the MCL and LLM Collections Supervisor and is the key contact in the library for all MCL students. Lizz can be contacted by e-mail: ew257@cam.ac.uk or at the Enquiry Desk.

MCL Book collection

The MCL book collection is reserved for Cambridge MCL students and reflects the needs of the taught courses on the MCL programme. This collection is small (about 150 volumes in total) and is located at the end of the first bay on the first floor of the Squire Law Library. All books can be identified by a green sticker on the spine. MCL students can borrow 10 books at at time from the MCL or adjacent LLM collection. Students wishing to borrow books should take them to the Enquiry Desk with their University card or alternative photo ID. All book loans automatically renew unless the book is requested by another library user.

Students can also borrow up to a maximum of 20 books from the main University Library and it is also often possible to register to use other department and faculty libraries.

Moodle

Thevirtual learning environment, Moodle, allows for materials – handouts, reading lists and some journal articles and book chapters - to be made available for students to access. Please do get in contact with Lizz if you are unable to find core readings on Moodle as we can normally make these available, within copyright limits.

Library support for PhD research students

Study areas

Two designated areas are available for exclusive use by PhD students for the purposes of research:

  • PhD Study Room (Room T11): Situated on the third floor, with unreserved study spaces for 12 students. Entry to the room is swipe card controlled for the purposes of security.
  • Bookable Desk Spaces: 26 bookable desk spaces are located on the open-plan second floor area. 

In addition, for those PhD students with a specific interest in legal history, the Maitland Legal History Room located on the first floor is an important research facility and has 5 reading spaces. This room is also used by academic staff, visitors and other researchers with an interest in legal history. In order to access this room, please ask at the Enquiry Desk.

Research support for PhD students

The Library subscribes to a wide range of electronic services across most subject areas. This portfolio of services includes electronic databases, digital services, e-journals and a growing array of e-books. These services complement the printed collections located across the three floors of the library.

Reference Librarians are also available, by appointment, for specialised legal research assistance. For matters relating to the Anglo-American collections and English legal history, please contact Kate Faulkner (kef39@cam.ac.uk); for assistance with comparative, foreign or international law, please contact Lesley Dingle (lmd25@cam.ac.uk).

Borrowing from the library

PhD students can borrow up to 20 books at a time from the main collections. Students wishing to borrow books should take them to the Enquiry Desk with their University card or alternative photo ID. All book loans automatically renew unless the book is requested by another library user.

Students can also borrow up to a maximum of 20 books from the main University Library and it is also often possible to register to use other department and faculty libraries.

Out of hours access

Law PhD students can apply to use the library outside of normal opening hours. Access requires University Card activation. Please contact David Wills (dfw1003@cam.ac.uk) in the first instance to arrange for an out-of-hours orientation.

Introductory courses for students

The Squire Law Library and Faculty of Law offer a range of hands-on legal research classes during Michaelmas term.  For more information about these courses contact Daniel Bates (db298@cam.ac.uk) or Lesley Dingle (lmd25@cam.ac.uk).