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Oxford Uni leapfrogged by Glasgow in shock new law school rankings

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Cambridge secured top spot

The University of Glasgow has placed higher than the University of Oxford in a new eye-catching law school power list.

Compiled by the Complete University Guide (CUG), the annual league table ranks law schools on criteria including entry standards, graduate prospects, research quality and student satisfaction. Law faculties are then given a score out of 100 and placed accordingly.

This year’s list has thrown up one or two surprises, to say the least.

Securing second place, Glasgow’s law faculty finished ahead of City law firm favourites Oxford (third) and the London School of Economics (fourth), while Aberdeen jumped five places on this year’s list to bag fifth spot. University College London and Durham finished in sixth and seventh place respectively.

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Rounding off this year’s top ten, Dundee rose an impressive eight places to finish eighth, King’s College London secured ninth spot for the second year running and Edinburgh dropped three places to tenth. Like last year, Cambridge’s law faculty secured top with a perfect score of 100.

Some Russell Group unis have not done as well as might be expected. Sheffield (25th) finished four spots ahead of Newcastle (29th), for instance, while Southampton (36th), Cardiff (38th) and Liverpool (40th) all placed outside the top 30.

The CUG’s rankings come just weeks after The Guardian released its own law school league table. Using similar assessment criteria to the GUC, Cambridge bagged the top spot, ahead of Oxford (second) and Dundee (third).

Complete University Guide’s Top 20 Law Faculties 2019:

RankingLaw school
1Cambridge
2Glasgow
3Oxford
4London School of Economics
5Aberdeen
6UCL
7Durham
8Dundee
9King’s College London
10Edinburgh
11York
12Nottingham
13Bristol
14Leeds
15Strathclyde
16Warwick
17Queen’s Belfast
18Kent
19Exeter
20Lancaster

The full rankings can be found here.

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