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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 of beginning of 2013 the SLS had over 2900 members consisting of academic and practising lawyers in a wide variety of subject areas. The SLS was founded in 1908 and has charitable status. For more information on the SLS please read on.

The SLS Research Activities Fund 2015

The SLS supports legal research and scholarship through the Research Activities Fund Grants.Each year the Society sets aside a fund (currently GBP 12,500) available for research grants in the coming year. This has previously been called the Academic Purposes Fund (APF) but it is now called the Research Activities Fund (administered by the Research Grants Committee).

Applications are invited each year from members of the Society. Applications are now invited for the 2015 round and must be received by the Administrative Secretary, by email, no later than 5pm on the first Monday of March. Email: admin@legalscholars.ac.uk. Application form, Rules and guidance notes can be here.

SLS Response to the SRA Consultation Paper
A Competence Statement for Solicitors

The Society's response is available here as a PDF version

Peter Birks Book Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship

The Society is delighted to announce that Jeff King is the winner of the Peter Birks Book Prizes for Outstanding Legal Scholarship (2014) for Judging Social Rights (Cambridge Studies in Constitutional Law, CUP). There were two runners up as the judges decided that in such a strong field it was impossible to exclude either: Jure Vidmar, Democratic Statehood in International Law: The Emergence of New States in Post-Cold War Practice (Studies in International Law, Hart Publishing) and James Goudkamp, Tort Law Defences (Hart Studies in Private Law, Hart Publishing). For further information on the Birks Book Prize please click here.

SLS Annual Seminar Series in 2015

The SLS Executive is pleased to announce that the Society's Research Sub-Committee has recommended that the Society support an application by Professor Richard Goldberg and Professor Shaun Pattinson. Further details.


- Institute of European Law Annual Lecture 2015: The EU Law-Making Process - Engineering a Better Solution Monday February 23 2015
- Symposium: Moscow’s Hybrid War in Ukraine Wednesday February 25 2015
- Talk: Holidays from Hell - The ticking working time bomb Wednesday February 25 2015
- Talk: Irregular immigrants and employment rights: the current impact of the illegality doctrine Wednesday February 25 2015
- Talk: Life of a Lady Law Lord Thursday February 26 2015
- Workshop: Colonial Genocide and Indigenous Rights Thursday February 26 2015
- Talk: Identifying the Content and Structure of Personal Work Contracts and Relations - Zero-hours Contract Workers, Casual Workers and Employee shareholders Thursday February 26 2015
- Professional Guest Speakers Series: Dr Michael Powers QC Wednesday March 04 2015
- Seminar: Maritime Issues Thursday March 05 2015
- European Women Lawyers’ Association Annual Congress Thursday March 05 2015

For all forthcoming events please click here. The SLS is pleased to provide details of forthcoming legal events in on this site and via email. Should you wish to advertise an event please contact us.

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Legal Scholarship Fund: March 2015

The Society is currently seeking applications for the Legal Scholarship Fund. Closing date 1 March 2015.

Annual Conference: York 2015

The Society's Annual Conference in 2015 will be held on 1 - 4 September at the University of York. Further details are available here.

Call for Papers

Calls for papers have now been issued (Feb'15). Further details may be found here and on the Subject Sections home pages.