Cambridge Uni law faculty tops rankings

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  • Well done Warwick for staying in the top 10...

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  • This league table has proven exactly what I thought of Exeter - it's full of posh students who aren't that bright.

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  • University league tables are all deeply, deeply flawed. This one at least gives undergrads some idea of how happy they might be at uni and provides useful information on staff-student ratios, but so much depends on the individual. Particularly at Oxbridge, where the quality of your tutor could make a massive difference to the quality of your education. And is it really news that going to Oxbridge, Durham, UCL or other top 10 unis is probably a better bet than choosing to study law at Bolton?

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  • Good point re Exeter - would be curious to know where At Andrews features in the tables - it's a another favourite hunting ground for law firms proving that provided you'd got to look and accent you'll be sorted...

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  • @ Anonymous | 18-May-2011 3:36 pm - Spot on re Exeter, they're usually pretty unpleasant as well.

    This league table is pretty flawed in the very large weighting that it gives to the results of various student satisfaction surveys. Few would objectively put Queen Mary above LSE, which is far stronger in terms of research. However in broadly highlighting the strength of the 'Golden Triangle' the table is reflecting reality.

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  • "would be curious to know where At Andrews features in the tables"

    One problem. St Andrews doesn't do law.

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  • Heaven forfend St Andrews students and graduates might actually be bright and capable people.

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  • I've come across useless lawyers who went to Oxford, and excellent ones who went to less trumpeted institutions.
    This country is obsessed with celebrity and rankings .
    I suppose they have to fill their newspaper with something..

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  • I don't see what everyone has against Queen Mary!!! As a department the school of law ranks consistently in the top ten of every league table, with good student satisfaction and research levels. Furthermore, it is probably one of the only uni's in the top ten who won't produce students who think they are god's gift to litigation. Something which some may wish to bear in mind if they wish to pursue a career in law.

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  • Well, if there are poor lawyers that went to Oxford, and excellent ones who went to apparently worse universities, then obviously this means that the proposition that Oxford is a better university than (say) Bolton is entirely undermined!

    And the fact that your great grandad smoked 20 a day his whole life and lived to 96 shows that there is no link between smoking a various life-threatening illnesses.

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  • To all those commentators taking a swipe at Exeter. Yes there are those who are 'rah' etc but the majority aren't. It is absolute rubbish to say that you have to have the 'right' accent - I was born and raised in Rotherham, South Yorkshire and I have managed to get where I am "nah wi mi yorkshire spake."

    Also there were some extremely bright students there, granted some weren't, but that's the same at any university.

    As regards 'us' Exonians being unpleasant - don't be ridiculous. Most people I know from Ex are fantastic and I have made friends for life despite being a 'dirty northerner'...

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  • "Exonians" - talk about proving everyone's point. Definition of "Exonians" is surely "Wannabe Etonians" or "Ex Etonian who was too thick to go to Oxbridge".

    Also, why is LSE on this list - you cant even get in there to study law unless you are a Cypriot or Middle Eastern national whose parents are loaded beyond imagination.

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  • oooh! Got a little chip on our shoulder have we?

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  • Re: being too thick to go to Oxbridge
    Surely that's the definition of every student who went to any top university instead of Oxbridge.

    As a Law student graduating from Exeter, I feel that I have a strong degree that employers will take seriously. Exeter was my first choice, because I found it to be a friendly place with a fantastic atmosphere, I have been able to get involved in many different things and had some really fantastic opportunities that I do not think I would have gotten elsewhere. Exeter is high up on student satisfaction and involvement for a reason.

    In any event, Exeter can stand on its own merits and I do not need to defend it, people who did not go to Exeter cannot say with authority what Exeter is like based on one or two people they may have met from here.

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  • As a soon-to-be Exeter graduate, I don't feel I need to defend Exeter or its reputation - it stands on its own merits, which is reflected on its ranking in the table. You can believe what you want to of its clientèle but if you're open minded enough and not prejudiced then you won't judge each person by the one or two that you may have met. I've found Exeter a very nice place to be, come across some people I don't like and many that I do; and I'm leaving with a degree from a highly-reputable university and many employable skills - do I care what one or two of you think? Not really, no.

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