The Best Universities to Study for a Law Degree in the UK
The ranking for what is considered to be the best universities to study for a law degree depend on which ranking system you refer to. Also, not all degrees are rated the same way or offer the same post-graduation benefits.
Differences between the LLB degree and the BA degree
Important differences exist between studying for an LLB (Bachelor of Arts) degree and a BA degree in Law. The LLB entitles the graduate to skip part 1 and go straight to sitting Part 2 of the Bar or Law Society Qualifying Examinations after graduation. The BA degree in Law does not permit this and does not usually qualify the graduate to sit for the Law Society Qualifying Exams, the kind of qualification a no win no fee solicitor or business related lawyer may hold.
The Independent newspaper publishes the “Independent’s Complete University Guide” in which they rank universities not just simply by a top 10 list, but also by splitting out the ranking for sub-categories like which university law courses were found to be best for teaching or best for research using the in-house student libraries. The National Student Survey however has their own ranking system completely separate from that of the Independent newspaper’s guide.
Summarising from multiple ranking systems, the top 10 chart looks roughly like the list below. A university ranking can move up or down one of two positions, but between several ranking systems the positions are “roughly right”. The rankings are:
3. University College London
4. London School of Economics
9. King’s College London
Favourable mention also went to Leeds, Warwick and Glasgow Universities.