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Top 10 spots for Glasgow, Solent, Leeds and Aberdeen in latest law school rankings

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Oxford University comes first

Glasgow University has ranked higher than the likes of Durham, King’s College London and its Scottish rival Edinburgh in the latest law school power list released over the weekend.

The annual league table, complied by The Guardian newspaper, assesses UK law schools on a range of criteria including quality of teaching, student to staff ratio and the percentage of law grads with a career after 15 months. The number bods at the newspaper then generate a score out of 100 and rank the law schools accordingly.

Glasgow placed fifth on this year’s list behind the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics in third and fourth respectively. Oxford University claimed the top spot, ahead of UCL in second place.

King’s scooped sixth place, Durham placed seventh and Solent University, Southampton, came in an impressive eighth position and ahead of the University of Leeds in ninth.

Rounding off the top ten, the University of Aberdeen (10th) placed ahead of Russell Group law schools, including Queen Mary, University of London (12th), the University of York (17th), the University of Edinburgh (19th) and the University of Bristol (20th).

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At the other end of the table, City, University of London, came in 96th on the list — five spots ahead of Leeds Beckett in last place (101st).

This isn’t the first set of law school rankings to be published this year, with Legal Cheek reporting in June that Cambridge beat Oxford to the top spot in the 2021 Complete University Guide.

The QS World University Rankings, meanwhile, crowned Harvard University the best law school in the world ahead of Oxford and Cambridge in second and third respectively.

Guardian rankings — Top 10 by law:

Ranking Law school Guardian score (out of 100)
1 Oxford 100
2 UCL 99.7
3 Cambridge 99.2
4 LSE 91.9
5 Glasgow 88.8
6 King’s 86.8
7 Durham 83.2
8 Solent 83
9 Leeds 82.3
10 Aberdeen 81

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46 Comments

James

How unexpected to see Aberdeen (and Glasgow) on the list, normally we get overlooked because only St Andrews teaches English Law.

Chris

St Andrews don’t offer the LLB as an undergraduate course.

Anonymous

But it offers a bachelor’s degree as a post grad course? What you been drinking??

Qurious

Care to provide a link? All I have seen is the MLitt in law, which is not a qualifying law degree.

Anonymous

All degrees from St Andrew’s also come with a free life time of being an obnoxious tool. St Andrew’s is third tier but uses its posh but dim graduates to push the idea it is better than that.

Aberdeen Student

Aberdeen offers a dual qualifying Scots and English Law LLB…

James

So they do – must have come in after my time. Which wasn’t all that long ago… or so I thought!

Still, it’s nice to see it in these lists.

Anonymous

For almost all subjects it is an English law degree with a glossary for the funny terms the Scots lawyers used in their little closed shop operation.

student

where’s warwick

K

in the bin where it belongs!

Anon

About 11 miles south of Coventry.

Anonymous

Somewhere for Oxbridge and London rejects to end up?

MCT

Oxbridge rejects go to Durham or Bristol, or if they’re exceptionally stupid, to Exeter.

Anon

Warwick is packed with chippy state school people. Grim.

Bizniss

Warwick is a business school with some other departments shoved in a shed. I can’t see any other reason for the uni to exist.

Dusty Wig

Not only does St Andrews not teach law it does not have an apostrophe. The university and city were founded before the introduction of the apostrophe into the English language.

Life

1. Tie – Oxbridge

3. The rest

Anon

The Cambridge law reading lists are pretty lightweight compared to Oxford’s tbh.

anon

further proof, if any more was needed, that the Guardian league tables are utter crap.

Anonymous

Pahahahahaha

It’s the Guardian so they probably used ridiculous measures like ‘inclusivity’ and ‘diversity’ in their calculations

Anon

I’ve ranked you number one in the LC commenters list. My sole measure was “arseholeness”.

A Non

Most people agree with 11:04 and disagree with 11:50. I would take being called an “arsehole” by 11:50 a sign of being sound.

Grumpy

The sole measure was whether the Uni canteen serves organic rice

Anon

Oxbridge

LSE/UCL

Rest

Rank

Nearly

Oxbridge

UCL/KCL/Edinburgh

The rest

James

Well, that may be where the Edinbuggers believe they should be, but…

Anon

I always laugh at how the Kings people pretend they are level pegging with UCL.

jamie

QS Law School Rankings 2020 = KCL is over UCL lol

MCT

This ranking on Legalcheek invariably goes: Oxbridge > my university > any other university

No one cares where you went to uni

I truly pity those who argue about university rankings

MCT

Just say that you got rejected by Oxbridge and go

Anon

Once again, a ranking list that is actively misleading. This sort of nonsense only damages students from poorer backgrounds, or whose parents didn’t go to university, in thinking they can apply to a sh1t university and get a good job.

If you go to Solent you aren’t getting an interview in my chambers unless you’ve also saved the world ten times over in your spare time.

I wish that was different, but it’s true.

Bob

CHECK OUT ROEHAMPTON!!!!!!! 116th overall, 11th for LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!! PAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA what a joke list

Tom

What’s the name of your chambers?

Anonymous

Insert the name of any ranked set. It will work.

MCT

If OP really is a barrister (which I highly doubt), then I’d imagine chancery or commercial, because the snobbery there is truly unparalleled to anywhere else in the Bar.

THFC

With the best will in the World, saying that Solent is at level pegging with Durham and Leeds shows that there is something wrong with this league table. It does not reflect observable reality…

Ran King

LLB LAW:

1. Oxbridge
2. UCL/KCL
3. Bristol, Durham, Nottingham, Warwick
4. Rest of RG
5. Scottish shops
6. ….

Anonymous

Word

Although LSE should be in the second category and KCL in the third

D

Glasgow and Edinburgh are in the Russell Group

Solentsupporter123

1. Solent

2. the rest

London Calling

If I saw Solent on an applicant’s CV, my most likely reaction would be “There is a University of Solent, I did not know that” and unless that CV included “1st in most papers in the Uni, top overall and then I did a BCL”, it would be placed carefully in the larger of the two sorting piles.

SolentAlum939320

Rude

Forever Associate

This is the only ranking anyone needs – something with at least some (albeit not perfect) statistical analysis of trends:

https://www.chambersstudent.co.uk/where-to-start/newsletter/law-firms-preferred-universities-2019

From talking with my firm’s recruitment partner and from going through the process myself at a few good and medium-tier City firms a few years back, I can honestly say the most desirable grads to other partners and HR teams are those who read History at Oxford. Silly me for doing a respectable LLB in order to pursue a career in law…

Barrister

That’s because History graduates can think for themselves. DittoEnglish grads. As an Australian barrister, I’m delighted we don’t have your snobbery in chambers. Or indeed in our community, at least not to the extent you do. Here, you can be poor and become a barrister. And we have nice weather and less COVID.

Ricky ponting

You guys have crap universities, so you couldn’t be snobbish about that, that’s the only reason you aren’t. Melbourne Uni is theoretically the best in aus, I know. Maybe that 40th place ranking in the world Universities table is there for the taking, who knows?

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