Professional Bodies

United Kingdom

Association of Law Teachers

The Association of Law Teachers (ALT) is made up of law teachers from both higher and further education

Bar Council

The Bar Council is the professional body for barristers in England and Wales.

Bar Standards Board

The Bar Standards Board was established in January 2006 as a result of the Bar Council separating its regulatory and representative functions. As the independent regulatory board of the Bar Council, they are responsible for regulating barristers called to the Bar in England and Wales.


The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) was formed in 1969. It is an independent and self-supporting body that was created to represent the interests of legal information professionals, documentalists and other suppliers of legal literature and reference materials in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.


BILETA was formed in April 1986 to promote the use of technology in legal education throughout the UK and Ireland.

City Legal Information Group

The City Legal Information Group (CLIG) was founded to support legal information professionals in and around London

The Law Society

The Law Society represents solicitors in England and Wales.

The Law Society of Northern Ireland

Acts as the regulatory authority governing the professional conduct of solicitors.

The Law Society of Scotland

The Law Society of Scotland promotes the interests of the solicitors' profession in Scotland and the interests of the public in relation to the profession.

International and Foreign Domestic

Commonwealth Legal Education Association (CLEA)

The CLEA was formed in December 1971. Its objects are to foster high standards of legal education and research in Commonwealth countries; to build up contracts between interested individuals and organisations, and to disseminate information and literature concerning legal education and research.

The Law Society of Ireland

The educational, representative and regulatory body of the solicitors' profession in Ireland. 

American Bar Association (ABA) 

The leading national bar association for United States attorneys, offering publications, CLE, and information on a very broad array of legal subjects.

International Bar Association (IBA)

The International Bar Association (IBA), established in 1947, has a membership of 30,000 lawyers and 195 bar associations and law societies.

Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) / International Association of Lawyers

Created in 1927 by a group of French speaking European lawyers it is now an association open to all lawyers of the world, made up of both general and specialist practitioners, counting more than 200 bar associations, organisations or federations (representing nearly two million lawyers) as well as several thousand individual members from over 110 countries.


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