BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2.1 released November 2010, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and some other English language markets, available from

Note that BIC has announced that there will be no further development of the BIC scheme, and that Thema is its preferred subject scheme for current and future use. Browse the latest version of the Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme here.

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Code Description
L Law
For law for the layperson, use VSD “Law, citizenship and rights for the lay person”
LA Jurisprudence and general issues
LAB Jurisprudence and philosophy of law
LAF Systems of law
LAM Comparative law
LAQ Law and society
Class here: socio-legal studies
LAR Criminology: legal aspects
LAS Legal skills and practice
LAT Legal profession: general
See also: LNAL “Regulation of legal profession”
LAY Law as it applies to other professions
Note: use for law books aimed at non-legal professionals, eg law for businessmen, law for medical practitioners, etc; use with other code indicating profession concerned
LAZ Legal history

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