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Emily Allbon

Senior Lecturer in Law, Director of Mooting

The City Law School, Academic Programmes

Contact Information


Visit Emily Allbon

MLG, Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Emily began her role at City as the Law Librarian in 2000, before joining The City Law School in 2014 as Lecturer. She is known for her work in developing the award-winning Lawbore resource – a website to support and engage those studying law, as well as for her work in the field of Legal Design. She was proud to launch TL;DR - the less textual legal gallery in late 2019 - which showcases ways of making law more accessible to all.

Her work has been recognised in many ways, both by her previous profession (Wildy/BIALL Law Librarian of the Year 2012) and the academic law community (Best paper in Legal Education and Technology at BILETA 2012, Routledge/Association of Law Teachers (ALT) Teaching Law with Technology Prize 2013). In 2013 the Higher Education Academy named her one of 55 National Teaching Fellows – the UK’s most prestigious awards for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning. Emily is a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

Emily’s academic background includes degrees in English Literature, Law, Information Science and Academic Practice. Her interests lie in legal education, legal research and legal information literacy, student engagement, legal design and visualisation, and the use of technology in teaching and learning.


  1. Trustee, BAILII - The British and Irish Legal Information Institute, Oct 2019 – present

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. ALT - Association of Law Teachers
  2. Clarity International
  3. SLSA - Socio-Legal Studies Association
  4. LERN - Legal Education Research Network
  5. CILIP - Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  6. BAILII - British and Irish Association of Law Librarians
  7. SLS - The Society of Legal Scholars


Books (4)

  1. Allbon, E. (2019). Legal Research: A Practitioner's Handbook. Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing. ISBN 978-0-85490-265-1.
  2. Allbon, E. and Kaur Dua, S. (2019). Elliott and Quinn's English Legal System 2019/20. Pearson. ISBN 978-1-292-25105-9.
  3. Allbon, E. and Kaur Dua, S. (2018). Elliott and Quinn's English Legal System. Pearson. ISBN 978-1-292-20851-0.
  4. Allbon, E. and Dua, S.K. (2016). The Insider’s Guide to Legal Skills. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-57274-9.

Chapters (3)

  1. Allbon, E. (2016). Working with the Library. In Ashford, C. and Guth, J. (Eds.), The Legal Academic's Handbook Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-43010-6.
  2. Allbon, E. (2016). Showcasing outside the library walls: growth through collaboration. In Mohando, L.F., Gottschalk, S., Schulz, M.R. and Tanja, G. (Eds.), Knowledge Management in Law Firms Expertise in Action Globe Law and Business. ISBN 978-1-911078-13-5.
  3. Allbon, E. (2014). Planning a training session. BIALL Handbook of Legal Information Management (pp. 283–302). ISBN 978-1-4094-2396-6.

Conference papers and proceedings (5)

  1. Allbon, E. (2014). Web, Social Media and Online Communities for those Studying for Professions: Embraced or Tolerated? eLmL 2014 : The Sixth International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning 23-27 March, Barcelona, Spain.
  2. Allbon, E. (2012). Too cool for (law) school? Using technology to engage students in legal skills. BILETA 2012 29-30 March, Northumbria University Law School, Newcastle, UK.
  3. Allbon, E. (2012). The free legal info landscape. Justice Wide Open 29 February, City University London, London, UK.
  4. Allbon, E. (2011). Stimulating student learning when visual is king. LILAC 2011 18-20 April, London School of Economics & Political Science, London, UK.
  5. Kaur, S. and Allbon, E. (2011). Tuning in not zoning out: teaching students legal skills via a multimedia learning hub. Learning in Law Annual Conference 2011: Experiencing legal education 28-29 January, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.

Journal articles (15)

  1. Allbon, E. (2019). Changing mindsets: encouraging law teachers to think beyond text. Journal of Open Access to Law, 7(1).
  2. Allbon, E. (2018). Beyond text: exploiting the visual in law. Australian Law Librarian, 26(2), pp. 54–63.
  3. Allbon, E. (2016). Seeing is believing: We are all converging. Law Teacher, 50(1), pp. 44–60. doi:10.1080/03069400.2016.1146455.
  4. Allbon, E. (2016). Connecting with clients - what tools work? Australian Law Librarian, 23(1), pp. 4–13.
  5. Allbon, E. (2015). Infiltrate and Conquer: Showing the World What Librarians Can Do. Legal Information Management, 15(4), pp. 218–224. doi:10.1017/s1472669615000560.
  6. Allbon, E. (2014). Web, social media and online communities for those studying for professions: Embraced or tolerated? Managing information online at the City Law School. eLmL - International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid, and On-line Learning pp. 37–43.
  7. Allbon, E. (2014). Book Review: The Path to Pupillage, 2013, Sweet & Maxwell, 3rd edn. The Law Teacher, 48(2), pp. 223–225.
  8. Allbon, E. (2013). Too cool for (law) school? Using technology to engage students in legal skills. European Journal of Law and Technology, 4(1).

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  9. Allbon, E. and Kaur Dua, S. (2012). Legal skills: Ensuring ‘appy students. Legal Information Management, 12(4), pp. 266–272. doi:10.1017/S1472669612000618.
  10. Allbon, E. (2012). Resource Review: UK Human Rights Blog. The Law Teacher, 46(1), pp. 88–90.
  11. Allbon, E. (2011). From Black and White to Colour; Educating and Engaging the Screen Addicts of 2011. Legal Information Management, 11, pp. 226–232. doi:10.1017/S147266961100079X.
  12. Allbon, E. (2009). Innovative involvement not embarrassing intervention: Using technology to connect with students without treading on virtual toes. Legal Information Management, 9(4), pp. 240–240.
  13. Allbon, E. and Wakefield, N. (2008). Staying vital to the virtual learner: what role for future academic law librarians? Legal Information Management, 8(1), pp. 18–18.
  14. Allbon, E. (2005). IT'S ALIVE! The birth of Lawbore and the Indispensability of the Law Librarian. Legal Information Management, 5(4), pp. 21–21.
  15. Allbon, E. and Williams, P. (2002). Nasties in the Net: children and censorship on the Web. New Library World, 103, pp. 30–38. doi:10.1108/03074800210415041.


Land Law (LLB in Legal Practice, convenor)
Legal Method and English Legal System (LLB in Legal Practice, convenor)
Applied Legal Writing and Research (LLB, convenor)
Debates in the English Legal System (LLB, convenor)

Other Activities

Editorial activity

  1. The Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education, Editorial board member.

Events/conferences (19)

  1. Nottingham Law School, Centre for Legal Education Conference, UK. (Conference) Nottingham, UK (2017).
    Paper: Lagton Legal: creating a transmedia storyworld for the LLB in Legal Practice
    Author: Allbon, E
    Co-authors: Pamplin, M
  2. BILETA: British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association. (Conference) Braga, Portugal (2017).
    Paper: Keeping it real: Transmedia for online legal education
    Author: Allbon, E
    Co-authors: Pamplin, M
  3. ALT Conference. (Conference) Portsmouth, UK (2017).
    Paper: Developing a transmedia resource for online legal education
    Author: Allbon, E
    Co-authors: Pamplin, M
  4. All-day legislation workshop for the Welsh Assembly. (Workshop) Cardiff, UK (2016). Invited speaker.
    Paper: Legal Research Masterclass in Legislation
    Author: Allbon, E.
  5. Society of Legal Scholars Conference. (Conference) Oxford, UK (2016).
    Paper: Seeing is believing: We are all converging
    Author: Allbon, E
  6. Learning at City Conference. (Conference) London, UK (2016).
    Paper: Murder, Diamonds and Walking: Using walks in your teaching practice through an exploration of Hatton Garden
    Author: Allbon, E
    Co-authors: Bullimore, A.; Benata, R.
  7. Infiltrate and conquer: Showing the World what Librarians can do. Brighton, UK (2015).
    Description: Plenary session at the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians Annual Conference
  8. Web, Social Media and Online Communities for those studying for the Professions: Embraced or Tolerated? Barcelona, Spain (2014).
    Description: eLmL: The Sixth International Conference on Mobile, Hybrid and Online Learning
  9. Teaching Research Skills at City. London, UK (2014).
    Description: Teaching Research Skills to Law Students – Best Practice (HEA Workshop), IALS
  10. Engaging Legal Minds: Providing the digital tools students need. Plymouth, UK (2013).
    Description: Plymouth Enhanced Learning Conference (PELeCON)
  11. Law Libraries and Law Students: Motivating Broader Learning and an interest in practical legal skills. Oslo, Norway (2013).
    Description: Law Libraries and Law Students Symposium, University of Oslo
  12. Engaging and Educating the Screen Addicts of 2012. Boston, USA (2012).
    Description: American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference
  13. Too Cool for (Law) School? Using Technology to Engage Students in Legal Skills. Northumbria University, UK (2012).
    Description: British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association (BILETA), winner best paper in Legal Education stream
  14. Lawbore rocks! LILAC (Librarians' Information Literacy Annual Conference) (2009).
  15. Innovative involvement not embarrassing intervention: Using technology to connect with students without treading on virtual toes. BIALL (British and Irish Association of Law Librarians) Annual Conference (2009).
  16. Getting down with the kids; satisfying the 'google generation' without compromising quality for cool (both possible!). Internet Librarian International (2008).
  17. Debunking the myth: Lawbore, Indispensibility and becoming the vanguard of change. AALL (American Association of Law Libraries) Annual Meeting and Conference (2006).
  18. Developing the student learning environment at City University. UKCLE Seminar on teaching and learning for legal skills trainers (2005).
  19. Developing the legal portal of City University to support learners. ASSIGN Conference (2004).

Keynote lecture/speech

  1. Connecting with Clients - What Tools Work? Adelaide, Australia (2014). Australian Law Librarians Association Annual Conference

Online articles (2)

  1. Is there a life outside the lecture theatre for law students? (2012). The Guardian
  2. What is legal design? (2018). The Internet Newsletter for Lawyers