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Three British universities have been placed in the top ten institutions at which to study law, according to the QS World University Rankings.
The rankings put the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford at number two and three respectively, with Harvard University ranked as world number one. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is placed at number seven.
The three institutions were given scores out of one hundred. Cambridge scored 96 points, Oxford 94 and LSE 86.2; Harvard scored 96.7. The scores were calculated from six factors including academic reputation and faculty student ratio.
Academic reputation, analysed by way of QS’s global survey of academics, comprises 40 per cent of an institution’s score. Employer reputation, which surveys employers to ask their opinion of graduates, makes up ten per cent.
Faculty student ratio, which counts for 20 per cent of the overall score, and academic citations per faculty, which makes up another 20 per cent and is included as a way of ranking the research quality of a faculty, are another two factors. The remaining ten per cent of scoring is split, with the proportion of international students and the international proportion of a faculty both counting for five per cent each.
Other UK institutions to make the top 20 global law schools included University College London, which scored 83.8, and Kings College London, which was given 80.6 points.
The US had the largest number of institutions within the top 20 law schools, with seven. The US was followed by the UK and Australia, with five apiece. France, New Zealand and Hong Kong also featured in the top 20.
QS rankings for law degrees
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
The University of Melbourne
New York University (NYU)
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)