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The Squire Law Library offers a range of student services:

Tripos Subject Paper Support

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

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

LLM Collection

Library support for Cambridge LLM students

There are two key elements of library provision that are relevant to students on the LLM programme – namely, the LLM book collection and the virtual learning environment, Moodle. Both sets of resources are managed by Lizz Edwards-Waller who is the LLM Collection Supervisor and is the key contact in the library for all LLM students. Lizz can be contacted by e-mail: ew257cam.ac.uk or at the Enquiry Desk.

The LLM book collection

The LLM book collection is reserved for Cambridge LLM students and reflects the needs of the taught courses on the LLM. This collection is located in the first two bays on the first floor of the Squire Law Library and all the books can be identified by a red dot on the spine and arranged with the LLM class-mark.

Borrowing privileges for LLM students

LLM students can borrow 3 books at at time from the LLM collection, for 3 days at at time (we don't ask that books are returned at weekends, so books borrowed on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday can be returned the following Monday).  Students wishing to borrow books should take them to the Enquiry Desk with their University card.

LLM students have borrowing rights at the main University Library where the borrowing entitlement is a maximum of 20 books for 8 weeks. It is 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.

Thesis options

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

MCL Collection

Library Support for Cambridge MCL Students

There are two key elements of library provision that are relevant to students on the Masters in Corporate Law  programme – namely, the dedicated book collections that support the MCL course and the virtual learning environment, known as Moodle. Both sets of resources are managed by Lizz Edwards-Waller who is the MCL & 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.

The MCL Book Collection

The MCL book collection is reserved for Cambridge MCL students and reflects the needs of the taught courses on the 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 and arranged with an MCL classmark.

Borrowing Privileges for MCL Students

MCL students can borrow 3 books at at time from the MCL or adjacent LLM collection, for 3 days at at time (we don't ask that books are returned at weekends, so books borrowed on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday can be returned the following Monday).  Students wishing to borrow books should take them to the Enquiry Desk with their University card.

MCL students have borrowing rights at the main University Library where the borrowing entitlement is a maximum of  20 books for 8 weeks. It is also often possible to register to use other department and faculty libraries. http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/admissions/

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.

Research Support

General

Library staff provide assistance on general queries at the main reference desk on level one. Reference librarians are available for specialised assistance: for matters relating to Anglo-American law, contact David Wills (dfw1003@cam.ac.uk): for comparative, foreign or international law contact Lesley Dingle (lmd25@cam.ac.uk).

Incoming students receive library tours which include training in the use of "iDiscover", the university-wide catalogue system.

Research Instruction

Michaelmas Term

The Squire Law Library and Faculty of Law offer the following hands-on legal research classes:

  • Introduction to Westlaw UK (Daniel Bates) 
  • A one-hour course for Tripos students.
  • Introduction to Lexis Library (Daniel Bates)
    A one-hour course for LLM students.
  • Introduction to Westlaw UK (Daniel Bates)
    A one-hour course for LLM students.
  • Introduction to Justis, JustCite and HeinOnline (Daniel Bates) 
    A one-hour course for LLM students.
  • Sources of Public International Law (Lesley Dingle)
    A one-hour course for incoming postgraduate students.

For more information about these courses contact Daniel Bates (db298@cam.ac.uk) or Lesley Dingle (lmd25@cam.ac.uk).

PhD Research Students

Research/Study Areas at the Squire

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

PhD Study Room (Room T11)

This room is situated on the third floor of the Squire. The room has places for twelve students and includes reading desks, comfortable seating, desk lighting and adjacent shelving. Entry to the room is swipe card controlled for the purposes of security.

PhD Research Suite

This facility is situated on the second floor of the Squire, in the open-plan reading area behind the Freshfields Legal IT Centre. Registered law PhD students may use this facility having made a reservation with the Squire Law Librarian. Provision has been made for 26 study spaces with comfortable seating, each with a lockable draw cabinet in which to keep possessions secure. Students may request a key for a cabinet from the Librarian, David Wills, for a refundable deposit of £10.

Other Research Facilities:

The Maitland Legal History Room: for those PhDs with a specific interest in legal history, the Maitland Room on floor one is an important research facility and has five 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 Library's Reference Desk.

The Freshfields Legal IT Centre (Room S19): located on the second floor, this room is used for IT teaching and training purposes mainly in term time. However, when not be used in this way, it is a room for quiet study and research and it is available for use by PhD students, as well as other users of the library. The room contains twenty four networked pcs.

Research support for PhDs

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.

Library staff are available for assistance from the Reference Desk (on floor 1) concerning general research and library enquiries.

Reference Librarians are also available, by appointment, for specialised legal research assistance. For matters relating to the Anglo-American collections and English legal history, contact David Wills (dfw1003@cam.ac.uk);  for assistance with comparative, foreign or international law, please contact Lesley Dingle (lmd25@cam.ac.uk) and information about using legal databases and electronic services in general, please contact Daniel Bates (db298@cam.ac.uk).

Other facilities for PhD Students

Borrowing privileges:

In general, the Squire is a non-borrowing reference-only library. However, law PhD students have borrowing privileges from the main collections of the Squire. Ten books may be borrowed for eight week loan period. PhDs are also entitled to borrow from the main University Library.

Out-of-Hours Access:

Law PhD students may apply to the Squire Law Librarian for 24 hour access to the library. In order to enquire about this privilege, PhD students can contact David Wills at: dfw1003@cam.ac.uk