Want to be a lawyer? Students who are considering a legal career should obtain an undergraduate Bachelor degree in Law (LLB) from a reputable institution. It is important to ensure that the qualifications obtained are recognized by the Law Society.

Many universities and colleges in the UK are offering quality legal education to students all over the world. Law degree is one of the most popular undergraduate programs in the UK, with number of applicants rising over the years. In 2007, there are over 96000 students applied for a law degree program at universities and colleges across the UK, according to UCAS applicant statistics.

Law qualifications from the UK are highly respected and recognized around the world. UK law graduates can be found practicing in the best local and international law firms. To practise as a solicitor student must first obtain a qualifying law degree, followed by the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and a two years training contract with a law firm approved by the Law Society.

What are the top law schools in the UK?
According to the Times Good University Guide 2009, Cambridge is ranked as the top law school in the UK, ahead of Oxford and the London School of Economics (LSE). The top ten law schools are: Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, King’s College, UCL, Aberdeen, Durham, Leicester, Dundee, and Southampton.

Cambridge has distinguished reputation in the field of law and its law faculty is rated number one in the nation. Today the faculty has about 750 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students.

Oxford law is ranked second best by The Times and the best by Guardian University Guide 2008. Oxford Law Faculty has the top 5* rating in the 1996 and 2001 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).

Please refer to the relevant guides for a complete list of top law school ranking and university ranking information.

* Suggested Reading: Princeton Review Law School Ranking
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek