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Legal history: England & common law tradition: Journals & papers

History journals

Clearly there are so many available, this guide cannot do much more than point out some social & economic history journals which are available electronically


None of the physical print runs will be in the Law Bod - use SOLO to find out where they are. Remember to limit your search via the drop down menu - change All items to journals for example.

We also urge you to benefit from the wisdom of our history colleagues!

Law journals with special focus on legal history

Many of the English and American law journals you will have encountered in studying current law also accept articles dealing with legal history (for example the Cambridge Law Journal (CLJ), Law Quarterly Review (LQR), Modern Law Review (MLR), and the Harvard Law Review (HLR).
The Irish Jurist at Ireland 300 I50 is a general law journal which you may not have encountered, but which has been friendly to legal historians.

However there are some law journals with a more specifically historical slant which you may not have encountered before - see the tables below.

American Journal of legal history

USA 300 A130 AJLH  
Criminal Justice History Crim 300 C115 CJH  
Journal of Legal History Cw UK 300 J70 JLH  
Law and History Review USA 300 L65 LHR  
Legal history (formerly Australian Journal of Legal History) Cw Austral 300 A27.5    
Law & humanities Jurisp 300 L15 L and H  
Comparative Legal History General 300 E100 CLH  

In addition, a legal historian can expect to find useful material in journals published for historians - which may be in hard copy in other parts of the Bodleian (eg the History Faculty Library) - but SOLO should help you discover them, and whether or not they are available online.

LawBod 4 students

Potential source of articles published in LQR volumes not yet available by subscription service!

The LawBod can provide scanned copies of articles that are not available online through the password protected site called LawBod 4 Students.