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Number of ‘super law schools’ taking over 500 law students a year more than doubles

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Exclusive: Huge increase in law student numbers, though some unis experience major falls

Seven universities took on more than 500 new law students last year, compared to just three doing the same the year before, Legal Cheek can reveal. This rise of super schools comes as a number of law departments increase their cohorts, though there are notable drop-offs in numbers at other law schools, too.

There are more than 100 universities that took a new batch of law students in 2017, UCAS data shows, and at seven of these the cohort was more than 500-strong. Twelve law schools boasted cohorts of more than 400 but less than 500, while a further 12 took on 300-400 newbies. The vast majority of law schools, then, took on less than 300 aspiring lawyers, including Oxford (220 new law students) and Cambridge (215 new law students).

Back to these super law schools, which we can reveal are: Liverpool (590), Nottingham Trent (555), Essex (550), Leicester (515), The University of Law (510), Northumbria (505) and Leeds Beckett (500). This means 3,725 people accepted places to study law in 2017 at this seven-strong group. That’s more than at Bristol (380), Durham (295), King’s College London (235), the London School of Economics (175), Manchester (335), Newcastle (240), Nottingham (290), Sheffield (240), Southampton (160), Sussex (275), Queen Mary (285), University College London (200), Warwick (270) and York (240) added together.

This is the second year Legal Cheek number crunching has shown Liverpool is the biggest law school in the country. Last year 580 people accepted places to study law there, meaning if Liverpool increases its cohort next year by the same as it did this year, it’ll be the first ever 600-club member.

Continuing to look back to last year, it was Leicester (515) in second place and then Leeds Beckett (505) in third. With the number of law hopefuls accepting a place at Nottingham Trent having increased by 75 (or 17%) the Midlands uni is now in second place. Essex, in third, has also enjoyed a huge influx of law students, from 445 to 550 (105, 24%) in one year.

It’s not just our newly-crowned super law schools who have experienced big law increases since the 2016 acceptance round.

At Brighton, the number of law acceptances has more than doubled from 70 to 145, while at Stirling the figure has increased from 85 to 155. De Montfort now boasts 415 acceptances onto its law course versus 340 the year before, while Bath Spa has for the first time opened its doors to law students (its neighbour, the University of Bath, has not).

This increase in law school places fits with non-provider specific UCAS data, which shows the number of law students both applying to and accepting places at UK universities has increased.

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We have previously brought you the news that 26,075 people accepted places to study law in 2017, this making law’s fresher cohort the eighth biggest of all, after: biological sciences, business studies, computer sciences, creative arts and design, engineering, subjects allied to medicine, and social studies. While the number of students accepting places to study all subjects at university in 2017 fell by more than 1,000 (0.24%), law’s clout has persisted; acceptances have increased by 4% since 2016 and by 18% since the tuition fee hike in 2012.

This high number of acceptances is, of course, followed by an even higher number of applications made to study law. Legal Cheek revealed last year that the number of LLB applications had increased by 5,410 since the year before. This was more than any other course, both in percentage and real number terms.

However, that’s not to say numbers are on the up at all law schools.

At Aberdeen, for example, 170 said yes to its law degree compared to 240 the year before, while numbers are down by 50 at Anglia Ruskin (from 180 to 130). More striking is undergraduate student numbers at BPP Law School, which now stand at 105 (versus 240 in 2016 and 535 in 2015).

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48 Comments

Anonymous

They’re after the money.

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xyzhq

Over 500 students IN ONE YEAR-GROUP???

How in God’s name are these people going to get any kind of decent support from tutors and the like?

What are the Oxbridge stats? Or is that harder to find out because admissions are organised by the colleges?

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Anonymous

220 Oxford; 215 Cambridge.

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STRAWPEDO & BANTAH

Notts Trent and Essex take second and third place – such TOP TOP TOP law schools

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Anonymous

UCL is wise, keep your numbers/intakes low to retain the quality and prestige of the degree.

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Dgo

LSE is the wisest it seems…

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Anonymous

sure, I guess. But its all about quality of graduates, distribution of resources and etc.

I say we can blame Brexit for this, cause a lot of Uni will lose a sh*t tonne of funding from the EU, this also includes long term debentures/loans.

On top of all, the patterns tells us that universities need as much money as possible so they intake more.

Law school need to decide between additional funding vs repute/quality of their schools.

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Anonymous

I’m sorry, but Nott Trent, Leeds Beckett et al. are all “universities” which deserve to go bust. Their existence is an absolute sham

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TRUMPENSTEIN

Agreed – all scammy shyte universities that could never survive if people weren’t mongs.

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Anonymous

Nottingham Trent. University of the Year; Modern University of the Year; not so long ago, Legal Education Provider of the Year. Not so sham, then.

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Anonymous

ROFL

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Derek Zoolander

Ackchyually its Southampton

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Anonymous

UCL also caps tutorial sizes at 8, whereas LSE does not. From my experience, class sizes can be as small as 3 students.

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Diogenes

I once taught on a half-module at UCL with one (count him) student.

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Anonymous

That’s not always been the case. Not that long ago they bumped up numbers significantly. Then they realised they could just do it with the LLMs instead.

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Anonymous

Waffle 😂

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Anonymous

Purchase tickets for Legal Cheek’s Future of Legal Education and Training Conference on May 23.

Not for £240 + VAT, thanks Alex.

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Anonymous

Next year: The LC online GDL, BPTC/ LPC ( £30k all in)

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Wannabe USBigLaw associtate

Is Leicester a good law school?

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Big Dolla

Hahahahahaha no.

Your CV wouldn’t make it past first round at most US firms.

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TRUMPENSTEIN

TOPKEK

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Anonymous

If you get a mid 2.1 with extra-curriculars then you’re good for any non-US firm

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Anonymous

Yes. It’s pretty good.

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Anonymous

Yes, we have small tutorials (no more than 8 students) then large lectures. If you put in the extra work on your cv you will do great. I have 2 vac schemes in the city and some TC interviews lined up. University is important but you need the extra curricular and personality to match.

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BPP Shareholder

£££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££££

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Wannabe USBigLaw associtate

Is Sussex a good law school then?

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Anonymous

If you don’t have the A-Levels to get into a good university’s LLB programme, get a degree in a non-law subject from a good university (entry requirements aren’t as steep). You can do the GDL later.

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Anonymous

I know one of those universities is highly geared towards foreign students with circa 300 places allocated for the same.

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Anonymous

Foreign as in non-EU, right?

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Anonymous

Correct.

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Anonymous

This post has been removed because it breached Legal Cheek’s comments policy.

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Anonymous

Lol imagine all of them fighting to top the class.

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Anon

I think more than half of the law students at Liverpool are from overseas (mainly Singaporean and Chinese). Numbers are still staggering though.

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Anonymous

Indeed they are.

Uni of Liverpool are clearly desperate for the cash, bumping up the undergrad numbers and getting into bed with ULaw, win win situation for them really isn’t it.

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Anonymous

They’ve been recruiting high numbers for a long time.

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Avid legal news reader

Discounting all those students that drop out, where the hell are those people going to get training contracts from, or even paralegal roles for that matter! Its about time that there was a link between training contract places and those people qualifying and thats not even taking into account all the previous years over subscription. Its a big con… quantity over quality and lets use the money to pay our Deans £250k+ per annum…. Keep them applications coming in….£££££$$$$$$

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Anonymous

Where’s De Montfart University?

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Anonymous

LOLZ Demon fart University

#Bantz

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Anonymous

Oh Katie my dear you forgot Exeter; there law cohort is fucking huge, full racist fucks though.

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Anonymous

these ‘super law schools’ aren’t even real universities. It’s a waste of money paying tuition to go them

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Anonymous

Liverpool and Leicester are proper universities.

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Anonymous

Goodbye first rate education, hello the University of Leicester

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Anonymous

Not all students can get in to red brick universities but that does not mean that they should not be given the opportunity to study law and it certainly does not mean that they’ll be a second rate lawyer!

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Anonymous

What is the best revision tips for passing wills and solicitors accounts.

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Anonymous

Don’t mix singular verbs with plural nouns and make sure you learn the topics well 😂

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Anonymous

@ Anonymous March 22nd
1:55am – LSE does have a tutorial cap size of 12

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Durham Anonymous

Durham has a tutorial cap size of 8 meeting in staff offices

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Anonymous

What about QUB? QUB accept international students whose grades are nowhere near A levels required. Embarrassing really all for the $$$

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