The Stair Society: Scotland’s Legal History Society

Join The Stair Society

Membership of the society is open to all with an interest in the history of Scots law, whether based in the UK or abroad.

Individual members include practising lawyers, legal academics, law students and others. Corporate members include a wide range of academic and professional institutions, libraries and law firms.

We offer concessionary subscription rates for students, recently qualified and called solicitors and advocates and those undertaking training for these qualifications. Many members of the Society, including Council members, first joined the Society as students. We also encourage applications for institutional membership, especially from libraries and law firms.

Society Publications

A copy of each of our volumes published while you are a member – see our Publications section

Publication Discounts

Opportunity to purchase past volumes in stock at substantially discounted prices

Pre-Publication Access

Pre-publication access to material in press

Annual Lectures

Attendance at the annual lecture delivered by a distinguished speaker

Free Online Publications

Free access to all electronic Society publications on HeinOnline from 1936 to the present

Networking Opportunities

Network at our annual meeting and lunch, with judges, practising lawyers, academic lawyers, historians and others

Joining The Stair Society

Our current membership rates are as follows – rates are reviewed annually with effect from 1 April. Subscriptions are also renewed each year on this date.

Please select the appropriate option below to move through to our secure online payments facility using PayPal. You do not need to have a PayPal account – in this case when you are transferred to PayPal please select the ‘Guest’ option. If you qualify for a concession please read the notes below. You will be given a discount code once your application has been approved that will qualify you for the relevant concession.

Individual£30 (Concessionary rate: £15)£35 (Concessionary rate: £20)

Concessionary Subcription Rates

The Society wishes to foster an increased interest in Scottish legal history amongst students, trainee and recently qualified lawyers and other young professionals and is extending the concessionary subscription rates which have until now been available to students for a three year period.

The concession is now available to students at schools, colleges of further education and other similar colleges who will attain the age of 17 or more during the year of membership, to undergraduate and postgraduate students at universities and other institutions of higher education and to persons undertaking training for professional qualifications. It can be obtained for the period of the study or training undertaken plus the three subscription years following the conclusion of study or training, after which membership at full subscription will be offered automatically.

The concessionary subscription is at the rate of £15 per annum for members resident in the United Kingdom and £20 per annum for those resident overseas, in each case subject to periodic review. The concession is available to new members on application and to existing members from 1 April 2012. In the first instance application should be made to the Secretary by emailing Once your application has been approved you will be given a discount code which can be applied when you purchase your membership through PayPal.

If you are at university or college, please provide the following information:

  • University or college attended
  • Course of study
  • Expected date of graduation

If you have already graduated and are undertaking a course of professional training, please provide the following information:

  • University or college attended
  • Degree or diploma obtained
  • Date of graduation or completion of course
  • Professional course of study/training being undertaken
  • Expected date of qualification

Pay By Standing Order

We encourage prospective members to take advantage of our online joining facility when available, but it is still possible to pay by standing order.

Please download the form below and send it to the email address specified on the form (or to the physical address):

We will contact you once we have received your application.