Law School Rankings in the UK: What to look out for
Law school rankings for the UK can vary according to your source, but we are here to explain the differences and what to look out for.
Overall Law School Rankings UK
Overall in the UK, Cambridge and Oxford will be found in the top three law schools across the nation. However, you will need to bear in mind the different systems of law across the United Kingdom in order to get a better picture of how these differ.
For example, in The Complete University Guide’s rankings, Glasgow law school comes second, but your child would be studying Scottish law and not the system of law which applies in England and Wales. When researching Law school rankings in the UK, make sure you know what you want your child to get out of their degree and whether they want to practice in England and Wales, or Scotland.
More Than Just Numbers
You may have already found that the overall numerical score provided by researched league tables such as The Times or the Guardian do not give you the whole picture. For example, The Guardian league table places Birkbeck, Lancaster and UCL top according to the percentage of students who started a career after six months of graduating.
The Guardian and Complete University Guide rankings allow you to re-order the league tables according to criteria which are important to you, such as staff to student ratio, student satisfaction, and graduate prospects. Check out the Guardian league table and have a little play yourself.
More than just a law school
The prestige of the university’s law school is obviously important. The Times world law school university rankings, for example, regularly place Oxford, Cambridge, LSE, and other London universities among the top in the world. This means you can be assured of a world-class education in law that will be respected among employers.
What you may also notice is a divergence between the UK Law school rankings, and the wider university rankings regardless of subjects. This can be found with universities such as Nottingham and Bristol which are known to have strong law schools. You may want to consider what your child’s plans are post-university and check with potential future employers for their particular stance on this.
If prestige is what you are looking for, compare law school rankings within the UK to how these law schools compare on the world stage with The Times guide.
Know what you are looking for
It seems obvious, but with the masses of data these organisations collect, it is important to know what you want your child to get out of their law degree. Ask yourself (and your child, of course!):
- Do you want a high staff to student ratio, as this is how your child learns best?
- Do you want the most prestigious law school in which your child is going to get a place?
- Do you want high student satisfaction?
Knowing the answers to these questions will help you navigate the three key UK law school rankings highlighted here and ensure you get the most out of them.
A Starting Point
Despite its name, the Complete University’s Guide’s notes on the top five suggest that these UK law school rankings are a starting point, from which you ought to carry out further research. For example, the guide points out that Oxford offering both a short course qualifying law degree and the opportunity to go on a year abroad, and that the London School of Economics offers both a double degree and joint-honours law courses.
Taken from: https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/league-tables/rankings?s=law
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Overall, law school rankings for UK Universities are a useful tool which should be used as a springboard for further research. Know what you want to get out of them, and where you want your child to go from there.
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