Research: One fifth of the world’s top law schools are in the UK

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But Oxford and Cambridge miss out on the top spot


One fifth of the top 50 law schools across the world are based in the UK, according to the latest league tables released this week.

QS World University Rankings — which carried out the research — surveyed over 70,000 academics and 40,000 employers across the globe. The organisation then took this information and ranked law schools in accordance with four key criteria: academic reputation, employer reputation, research quality and impact of work published.

The UK’s highest performing university for law in the top 50 is Oxford, which came second. The law faculty at the elite university — whose graduates are favoured by top City firms and chambers — narrowly saw off its Cambridge rivals, which secured third position. Neither prestigious law faculty was able to wrestle the top spot away from Harvard University.

Three London universities made the top 20. The London School of Economics (LSE) secured seventh place, University College London (UCL) came in 14th and King’s College London (KCL) landed 17th position. Edinburgh — the only Scottish university to make the QS list — took home a respectable 28th place.

It was also good news for Queen Mary Law School. Having only just secured a place last year, the London university has leapt 10 positions to secure 35th place in the 2016 ranking. Further north, Durham University, breaking into the top 50, came in joint 41st, alongside Nottingham University. Bristol featured on the list for the first time, securing 49th position.



The word “top” is used 6 times in this article.

That must be a record. Give TC a top congratulations!



They’ve bagged a new record.


Dr Bonham

Bottoms feel totally marginalised…



Why? We bottoms love tops



What about SOAS????



But is there a collection of 12 memes that can accompany the record, including Twitter quotes from Charlotte Proudman on how this influences diversity and commercial awareness?



I think Tom is trolling the commenters now and purposely putting “top” as every other word


ey you what?

I concur with you good sir



Well top marks to the top reporter who managed to top the topping league table, he must be proud to sit atop his new throne.




Was he wearing a top hat?



Oxbridge loses out only because US institutions do not offer law at undergraduate level.


Lord Lyle of the Isles

Come on LC? Try one of these: apotheosis, apical, capital, chief, cracker, beezer, deeker, crowning glory, dope, wicked, culminatory , orgasmic, finest, first and foremost, first-rate, five-star, greatest, head, loftiest, maximal, paranormal, extraordinary, spiffing, paramount, preeminent, primary, majestic, prime, principal, ruling, sovereign, super duper, supreme serendipity, flabergasting, celestial



“Research: One fifth of the world’s paranormal law schools are in the UK”

Nah – doesn’t really cut it…. Stick with ‘top’, I say


Certainly not a University of Southampton grad

Have you seen the graduates from Southampton Solent “university”? Paranormal would be an apt description.


Lord Lyle

This is a most serendipitously funny thread. Thanks TC



Sorry, but in what world is this “research”?



QMUL above Durham, Moths, Bristol?


QM khunt

Deal with it, fggt.



Seems to defy the general US consensus that YLS outranks HLS.



Suits doesn’t lie.



Where you study does not necessarily correlate with being a good lawyer. This is shameless marketing by Universities – for any students looking to be a good lawyer: everything is what you make of it, doesn’t matter where you studied or where you came from.



All well and good saying that- try getting a job at a top firm with a degree from Mickey Mouse University and 3 C’s at Alevel. You could be the best lawyer ever, but none of them will hire you. You won’t even get through the automatic Alevel grade filters a lot of firms use.


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