Oxford law faculty tops Guardian league table

Oxford University’s law faculty has beaten rival Cambridge by topping the Guardian newspaper’s 2011 law school rankings after only coming second last year.

Queen Mary University of London came third after edging up from ninth place in 2010 while University College London dropped from third to fourth position.

Meanwhile, King’s College London and the London School of Economics both held steady on last year’s score at fifth and sixth place respectively.

One institution to shoot up the table is the School of Oriental and African Studies, which came in seventh this year after only managing twelfth place in 2010.

Newcastle climbed to eighth place this year following a disappointing 25th in 2010. Warwick meanwhile, dropped to ninth place after it came seventh the year before.

Elsewhere, Nottingham managed to just scrape into the top 10 this year after only coming 14th previously.

The tables rank universities according to the following measures: how satisfied their final-year-student are; how much they spend per student; the student/staff ratio; the career prospects of their graduates; a value-added score and what grades pupils have to achieve to stand a chance of being offered a place.