Humanities: Legal History, Britain and the Empire

Department: History

Supervising Faculty Members: Paul Halliday

Specialization: Legal History, Britain and the Empire; transnational legal history

Research Focus: The student will participate in one or both of two ongoing projects, depending on interest and skills. The first is concerned with how material factors (e.g. architecture, record books, and record storage rooms) shaped the content of law in the 17th-18th centuries. The second concerns the writ of false imprisonment, by which those wrongly imprisoned sued for damages.

Job Description: - Prepare bibliographies, largely by working in library databases, including in legal scholarship and cases;
- Conduct literature reviews;
- Search for images (see project one, above), online and elsewhere;
- Find, organize, and transcribe documents. These might include photos of archival documents already on hand; microfilms of documents; or others available in online collections.

Required Skills, Courses, Resources, or Background:  Strong organizational and analytic skills; some understanding of and interest in European history; strong skills in speaking and writing; ability to exercise initiative and work independently; an interest in learning about and using advanced library search facilities, at Alderman and perhaps in the Law School, as well as online databases.

Desirable but not required: French; an interest in learning paleography (how to read old documents); an interest in law and its history. MS Word and Excel; desirable: experience with FileMaker Pro or similar database programs.