Browse the BIC Subject Categories and Qualifiers

This is BIC’s Subject Categories and Qualifiers Scheme, version 2 revision 01, the standard classification scheme for the UK book trade and other English language markets, available from You can also browse version 1.2 of the new Thema international, multilingual subject category scheme.

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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
LB International law
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
LR Law: study and revision guides

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