The best law schools in the U.K. are part of some of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Complete University Guide have ranked them based on factors including entry requirements, student satisfaction and graduate prospects, and some hold the same top spots on all three lists.
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Cambridge School of Law
Ranked No. 1 by both The Times and The Complete University Guide, as well as No. 2 by The Guardian, Cambridge School of Law (law.cam.ac.uk) -- founded in 1209 -- is part of the second oldest university in Britain. As of April 2011, Cambridge has seen 88 alumni receive Novel Prizes; the college also boasts the highest graduate employment rate in the U.K. Students can seek a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Laws, a master's in Corporate Law, a Master of Letters and a Doctor of Law. The school also offers diploma programs in legal studies and international law as well as a law-based Master of Philosophy in criminology or criminal research.
Oxford School of Law
Ranked as No. 2 by The Times and The Complete University Guide, as well as No. 1 by The Guardian, Oxford School of Law (law.ox.ac.uk) -- founded in 1096 -- is part of the oldest university in the English-speaking world). Home to the largest university library system in the U.K., as well as four museums and a botanical garden, it has seen 26 prime ministers, 26 Nobel Prize winners, and 100 Olympic Medal winners graduate from its programs. The law school offers both undergraduate and graduate level degrees, including diplomas in legal studies, a Bachelor of Civil Law, a specialised Magister Juris, and a master's in law and finance.
London School of Economics
Ranked at No. 3 for The Times, No. 4 for The Complete University Guide and No. 6 for The Guardian, the London School of Economics (lse.ac.uk) Department of Law is part of the only university in the U.K. that specialises in social sciences and is home to the world's largest social sciences library. Public lectures held annually have featured guests such as Kofi Annan, Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela, and 16 alumni have been awarded Nobel Prizes. Students can study toward several degrees including a Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Master of Science in law and accounting, or a Master of Philosophy/Ph.D. research degree.
University College London
Ranked at No. 4 with The Guardian, No. 5 with The Times, and No. 7 with The Complete University Guide, University College London (ucl.ac.uk) Law School -- founded in 1827 -- is part of England's third oldest university. It is also the first university to admit students of any race, class or religion, as well as the first to treat women on equal terms as men. It has seen 21 alumni win Nobel Prizes and graduated such people as Mahatma Gandhi and Alexander Graham Bell. The law school offers multiple degree programs -- many with an international concentration, such as Bachelor of Laws with another legal system, with French law, with German Law, and with Hispanic law. Graduate students can pursue a Master of Laws in specialist areas such as international commercial law, legal history or corporate law, among others.
King's College London
Ranked at No. 4 by The Times, No. 5 by The Guardian and No. 16 by The Complete University Guide, King's College London (kcl.ac.uk) School of Law is part of a college renowned for its scientific and medical departments, which have made breakthroughs in discoveries like DNA. Its law school offers a variety of graduate degree programs such as a Master of Arts in criminology and criminal justice, a master's in medical ethics and law, and a master's in tax law. The school also offers a Master of Laws, Master of Science in construction law and dispute resolution, and a Master of Philosophy/Ph.D. in research.
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