LSE law degree named second highest-earning uni course in the country with average grad pocketing almost £70,000

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By Katie King on

This and more from brand new university league tables


New university league tables claim a law degree from the London School of Economics is the second highest-earning course in the country.

According to the Good University Guide 2017, LLB-ers from the top university earn — on average — £68,933 six months after graduating, beaten only by geology students from Imperial College London who earn £73,267.


Though we’re not quite sure how the newspaper behind the rankings, The Sunday Times, has arrived at this stat, given that lucrative law jobs almost always require postgraduate study, the figure will no doubt provide food for thought for wannabe lawyers.

In more predictable news, the Good University Guide has also ranked university law faculties by their overall performances and — guess what — Cambridge and Oxford came in first and second place, respectively.

Rounding off the top ten law schools are LSE, Durham, Nottingham, UCL, Leeds, Bristol, Queen’s University Belfast and, interestingly, the University of Dundee.

Other high performers include Newcastle University (20), the University of Strathclyde (22), Heriot-Watt University (26) and Keele University (29). The faculties are ranked by a number of performance indicators, such as entry standards and graduate prospects.

Trailing down the bottom of the 100-strong league table are the likes of Leeds Beckett University (85), the University of Northampton (93) and London Metropolitan University (99). The University of Winchester’s law school has come in 100th place, having also come last in this year’s National Student Survey.

Fortunately, it’s been a great year for Southampton Solent. This law school came in at a respectable 79th place this year, having come last in the 2016 rankings.