Studying law can be a challenging but rewarding step toward a lucrative career, but with so many schools to choose from, it can seem impossible to know which university is best. An independent survey by the London-based "Guardian" newspaper ranked universities in the United Kingdom according to a number of different factors, including the percentage of students satisfied with teaching and feedback, and the staff/student ratio.
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University of Cambridge
Cambridge's Faculty of Law ranked first in the United Kingdom with an overall index score of 100 per cent, according to the "Guardian" survey. As of 2010, 95 per cent of Cambridge law students said they were satisfied with their teaching--the third highest of all British universities offering law courses. At a tariff of 527, entry standards were also the highest for law in the UK. Around 70 faculty members teach approximately 700 undergraduate students in Cambridge, while the faculty also has around 100 graduate students. Students enjoy access to a dedicated law library with comprehensive research resources and an archive.
Faculty of Law University of Cambridge 10 West Road Cambridge CB3 9DZ United Kingdom +44-12-2333-0055 law.cam.ac.uk
University of Oxford
The "Guardian" survey ranked the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford second in the United Kingdom. The faculty claims an index score of 91.2 per cent in the survey. Spread across more than 30 law schools within the university's colleges, the Faculty of Law at Oxford is the largest law school in the UK. The faculty teaches both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and has the largest doctoral program in law in the English-speaking world. According to the "Guardian" survey, Oxford provides its students with an added value score of 9 out of a possible 10.
Faculty of Law University of Oxford St Cross Building 10 Saint Cross Road Oxford OX1 3UL United Kingdom +44-18-6527-1491 law.ox.ac.uk
University College London
The Faculty of Law at University College London ranked third in the UK in the "Guardian" survey. Sited in the centre of London, the faculty draws on the British capital's extensive resources to teach its students. Leading judges and lawyers are amongst the 55 faculty members who teach 450 undergraduates, 350 taught graduates and around 40 research students. The faculty values its world-class reputation for research, and was ranked joint top in the UK in 2008. The faculty claims that its students "have the best of both worlds: all the fun and fulfilment of a bustling, busy city, with the availability of pastoral peace and tranquillity close at hand."
Faculty of Laws University College London Bentham House Endsleigh Gardens London WC1H 0EG United Kingdom +44-20-7679-2000 ucl.ac.uk/laws/index.shtml
King's College London
The "Guardian" ranked King's College London fifth in its 2010 survey, with some 93 per cent of students saying they were satisfied with their teaching. The school prides itself on what it calls its "distinguished international reputation for sustained excellence," particularly in the fields of competition, commercial, financial and European law. The school houses several major research centres, including the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics (CMLE), the Centre of European Law, Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution and the Centre for Technology, Law, Ethics and Society (TELOS).
Faculty of Law King's College London Strand London WC2R 2LS United Kingdom +44-20-7836-5454 kcl.ac.uk/schools/law
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