The law faculty at the University of Cambridge has topped the Guardian newspaper’s 2012 university league tables, knocking rival the University of Oxford into second place.
The other law departments in the Guardian’s top 10 were University College London (3rd), Queen Mary (4th), London School of Economics (5th), the School of African and Oriental Studies (6th), Durham (7th), Warwick (8th), Newcastle (9th) and King’s College London (10th).
Of all the top 10 departments the one based at Durham showed the greatest improvement, jumping from 22nd place to take the number seven spot.
Reading University’s law faculty was also a strong performer, moving up from 36th place to 17th.
Elsewhere, the law school at the University of Nottingham, which came 10th last year, had to settle for the number 12 spot. Exeter, meanwhile, plunged from 12th place to 20th.
Other universities that have made their way onto the radars of leading law firms this year in a diversity push have moved up the table, with Leicester, Sussex and Essex universities achieving 15th, 21st and 44th place, respectively, although Southampton university fell two rungs to 22nd position.
The worst performing law schools were those based at Leeds Metropolitan, London Metropolitan and Bolton universities, which ranked 93rd, 94th and 95th respectively.
Cambridge beat Oxford to take the top spot in the overall university rankings.