Cambridge heads Guardian’s law rankings as Oxford Brookes overtakes Bristol and Manchester

Cambridge University has topped The Guardian’s annual ranking of law degrees.

The top three positions in the table are unchanged from last year, with Oxford and Queen Mary University taking second and third place again. However, Durham moves up two places into fourth, above the London School of Economics and UCL.

The University of East Anglia enters the top ten, coming in at seventh place, up from 15th last year and 33rd in 2012. The University of Edinburgh also joined the top ten, jumping 11 places to ninth in the table.

They displace Nottingham, which drops from seventh place to 13th, and SOAS, which falls from tenth to 15th. 

Oxford Brookes, meanwhile, jumps from 40th place last year to 17th this time, overtaking the likes of universities typically favoured by law firm recruiters: Newcastle (19th), Manchester (24th) and Bristol (31st).

Meanwhile Exeter has plummeted from 25th to 48th, and City University from 23rd to 60th.

Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University has risen a massive 42 places to 12th in the list. However, Brighton is the bigger riser, moving up 48 places to 27th. Cumbria is the biggest faller, dropping 42 positions to 77th.

Once again, Southampton Solent University comes bottom of the list.

Neither the University of Law nor BPP, both of which offer undergraduate law degrees, is included in the list. The highest-ranked university which also offers the Legal Practice Course is Anglia Ruskin in 37th position. The highest-ranked university which also offers the Bar Professional Training Course is Cardiff in 38th.

The Guardian takes into account various factors, including student satisfaction, student to staff ratio and employability prospects, to produce its rankings.

UCL and Cambridge came joint top for employabilty, with 91 per cent of their graduates in graduate-level jobs or further study within six months of graduation

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The full list

  This year Last year Change
1 Cambridge Cambridge
2 Oxford Oxford
3 Queen Mary University Queen Mary University
4 Durham UCL +2
5 LSE LSE
6 UCL Durham -2
7 King’s College London Nottingham +2
8 UEA York +7
9 Edinburgh King’s College London +11
10 York SOAS -2
11 Aberdeen Queens, Belfast +7
12 Robert Gordon Newcastle +42
13 Nottingham Glasgow -6
14 Edinburgh Napier Kent +15
15 SOAS UEA -5
16 Oxford Brookes Lancaster +24
17 Kent Surrey -3
18 Glasgow Aberdeen -5
19 Newcastle Warwick -7
20 Sussex Edinburgh +22
21 Queens, Belfast Birmingham -10
22 Leicester Southampton +2
23 Lancaster City -7
24 Manchester Leicester +2
25 Birmingham Exeter -4
26 Warwick Manchester -7
27 Brighton Cardiff +48
28 Southampton Reading -6
29 Leeds Edinburgh Napier +1
30 Surrey Leeds -13
31 Bristol Dundee +2
32 Gloucestershire UWE Bristol +14
33 Bangor Bristol +40
34 Dundee Swansea -3
35 Portsmouth Cumbria +4
36 Reading Plymouth -8
37 Anglia Ruskin Derby +29
38 Cardiff Liverpool -11
39 Huddersfield Portsmouth +2
40 Brunel Oxford Brookes +22
41 Derby Huddersfield -4
42 Salford Sussex +11
43 Keele Northumbria +4
44 Sheffield Middlesex 7
45 Abertay Dundee Coventry +13
46 Nottingham Trent Gloucestershire +4
47 Northumbria Keele -4
48 Essex Central Lancashire +19
49 Ulster Greenwich +7
50 Swansea Nottingham Trent -16
51 Liverpool Sheffield -13
52 Glasgow Caledonian Strathclyde +13
53 UWE Bristol Salford -21
54 Exeter Robert Gordon -29
55 Aston Westminster NEW
56 Strathclyde Ulster -4
57 Liverpool John Moores Teesside +2
58 Middlesex Abertay Dundee -14
59 Coventry Liverpool John Moores -14
60 City Winchester -37
61 Bournemouth Buckingham +22
62 De Montfort Brunel  +19
63 Central Lancashire Staffordshire -15
64 Manchester Met Canterbury Christ Church +6
65 Plymouth Glasgow Caledonian -29
66 Stirling Anglia Ruskin +6
67 Teesside Essex -10
68 Greenwich Hull -19
69 Buckingham Bucks New University -8
70 London South Bank Manchester Met +17
71 Aberystwyth Kingston +7
72 Staffordshire Stirling -9
73 Sheffield Hallam Bangor +1
74 Bedfordshire Sheffield Hallam +20
75 Bolton Brighton +7
76 Hull Hertfordshire -8
77 Cumbria Edge Hill -42
78 Lincoln Aberystwyth +1
79 St Mary’s Twickenham Lincoln +11
80 Westminster Northampton -25
81 Bucks New University De Montfort -12
82 Kingston Bolton -11
83 London Met Bournemouth +6
84 Hertfordshire Chester -8
85 Edge Hill East London -8
86 Chester South Wales -2
87 Canterbury Christ Church London South Bank -23
88 Birmingham City Birmingham City
89 Northampton London Met -9
90 East London St Mary’s Twickenham -5
91 West of Scotland Sunderland +4
92 Bradford Leeds Met +1
93 Winchester Bradford -33
94 Sunderland Bedfordshire -3
95 Leeds Beckett West of Scotland -3
96 South Wales West London -10
97 West London Southampton Solent -1
98 Southampton Solent -1