UCL crowned best law school

University College London (UCL) has been found to be the most highly rated UK law school.

Oxford University, the London School of Economics (LSE), Cambridge University and the University of York followed UCL in the rankings, compiled by The Guardian, which measured student satisfaction and investment in students.

Of the top five institutions, Cambridge scored highest for graduate job or further education prospects (85 per cent of graduates went onto further education or graduate level employment in the six months after graduation) while UCL and York came in at second place with 82 per cent each.

However, Cambridge was pipped to the post by Glasgow and Buckingham for graduate prospects, which scored 91 per cent and 90 per cent respectively.

Across the top-rated universities, course satisfaction was most highly rated at York (95 per cent of graduates were satisfied with course quality), followed by UCL (93 per cent), LSE (91 per cent) and Oxford (90 per cent). This information was not available for Cambridge.

Overall, however, the University of Nottingham was ranked as garnering the most course satisfaction.

At the bottom end of the table, Canterbury Christ Church scored lowest of the 96 law schools ranked. Just 39 per cent of its graduates went onto a graduate job or further study in the six months after graduation.

Birmingham City was ranked 95th, Bedfordshire 94th, Bucks New University 93rd and St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, 92nd.

The University of Brighton was found to have the lowest levels of student satisfaction, by a six point margin (56 per cent), and was followed by Southampton Solent (62 per cent)and City University (69 per cent).

The research was compiled from data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency and from the National Student Survey.

Last week, the Sutton Trust told the government that university tuition fees should be means-tested (31 March 2013).