Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, King’s and Queen Mary top latest law school league table

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By Thomas Connelly on

Annual comprehensive rankings produced by The Guardian examine standards of teaching, level of feedback and overall quality of the course


The latest law school league table has thrown up a list of the usual suspects, with the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, London School of Economics (LSE), King’s College London, Queen Mary and University College London (UCL) all performing well.

The annual rankings — compiled by The Guardian — assesses how satisfied law students are with the quality of teaching and feedback at their respective law schools. Adding this to other contributing factors including student to staff ratios and how many law grads have a career after six months, the newspaper complies a unique “Guardian score” out of 100 for each law faculty.

With Cambridge again taking top spot, with a perfect 100 score, it was left to arch-rivals Oxford to make do with 2nd, landing a still very respectable 95.8. LSE — which came 5th last year — bagged 3rd place (87.2) and fellow London law faculty King’s — who could only muster 7th position last time around — landed 4th place (84.6).

It was also good news for law school staff at Queen Mary who saw off the likes of City law firm favourites Durham to tie with UCL in 5th (83.4). It was also an excellent result for Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. The uni — that placed 12th last year — positioned 8th with an impressive score of 81.1.

However, it was disappointing news for Nottingham and City Law School who could only manage 17th (74.7) and 34th (67.1) place respectively. York, 10th in last year’s rankings, dropped down to 18th, narrowly beating Derby. Propping up the bottom of the table was Leeds Beckett in 95th position (33) and Southampton Solent in 96th with a score of just 31.6.