Society of Legal Scholars
Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, 1990-1995. Library staircase leading dowa from top floor.

Welcome to the Society of Legal Scholars

The Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) is the learned society for those who teach law in a university or similar institution or who are otherwise engaged in legal scholarship. As at the beginning of 2016 the SLS had nearly 3000 members consisting primarily of academic lawyers in the UK and Ireland. The SLS (formerly called The Society of Public Teachers of Law) was founded in 1908 and has charitable status. It is the oldest as well as the largest learned society in the field of law. The Society is the principal representative body for legal academics in the UK as well as one of the larger learned societies in arts, humanities and social science.

Members of the senior judiciary and members of the legal professions also participate regularly in the work of the SLS. Some members themselves have professional legal qualifications and have links with, or are active in, legal practice. The Society’s membership is drawn from all jurisdictions in the UK and Ireland and also includes some affiliated members typically working in other common law systems.

The President of the Society for 2016-17 is Professor Imelda Maher MRIA of University College Dublin, the Immediate Past President is Professor Andrew Burrows QC, FBA of the University of Oxford, and the Vice President is Professor Peter Alldridge of Queen Mary, University of London.

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