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”
LN Laws of Specific jurisdictions
Note: use LN* codes with appropriate Geographical qualifier for works on laws of all specific national, state and regional jurisdictions, eg England and Wales, Scotland, European Union, USA, Texas, Nigeria, etc. Use LN* codes also for works that are not specific to any jurisdiction, in conjunction with LAM “Comparative law” where appropriate
LND Constitutional and administrative law
LNDP Parliamentary and legislative practice

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