The 10 Best UK Universities for Law – 2015

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1. Cambridge
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• Overall score – 100

• Entry standards – 584

• Student satisfaction – N/A

• Research assessment – 2.80

• Graduate prospects - 85

Law is one of the most prestigious careers to enter, offering graduates the potential of high financial rewards, intellectual stimulation and a myriad of opportunities. After training, you can expect a salary of £25,000- £45,000 or higher (source: Competition for training contracts is tough, however, so it’s important that you give yourself the best possible start.

 Mayfield University consultants have produced a highly respected league table of university performance for a range of subjects and have given each university an overall rating for the following factors:


  •          Student satisfaction

This is an indicator of how satisfied students are with the quality of instruction they receive.     The score is out of a total of 5 and comes from The National Student Survey of final year students.


  •          Entry standards

Entry standards refers to the average UCAS tariff score of new entrants. There is no maximum score here; however, this factor uses data from HESA - Higher Education Statistics Agency - to calculate scores. Students are given a numerical score for each grade, for example a grade A is given a score of 120, a B is given a score of 100 etc. The scores for all the subjects are then totalled to give a final score. The average score for all the students for each degree course is then calculated.


  •          Research assessment

 This factor concerns the quality of research conducted in each university and is out of a maximum of 4 points. It is based on a "Research Assessment Exercise" by the funding councils. This exercise uses both the proportion of research undertaken in designated categories (from 4* to 1*) and the proportion of people who are engaged in that research.


  •          Graduate prospects

This score is out of a maximum of 100 points. Once again, HESA data is used to calculate the     scores which are worked out as follows:

"The number of graduates who take up employment or further study divided by the total number of graduates with a known destination expressed as a percentage" (source: The Complete University Guide).


Based on the factors above, the best universities to study law in the UK are as shown below. (Scores not available are given a ‘N/A’. For further information on the methodology, please click on the ‘Further information on scoring’ link at the bottom of this post.)





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