The world's best universities for law: Cambridge and Oxford trump UK competition

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The University of Cambridge was named the second-best university in the world for law. (Source: Getty)

More Britons would prefer to be lawyers than Hollywood movie stars, but where's the best place to ensure the dream could become a reality?

According to the 2015 World University rankings from QS, Cambridge and Oxford live up to their lofty academic reputation when it comes to law degrees. Cambridge and Oxford are ranked second and third respectively, behind Harvard which is named as the best university in the world for studying law.

QS bases its rankings using major global surveys of academics and employers and the number of research citations given to an average research paper.

LSE is the only other UK entry in the world's top 10 courses for budding lawyers, with a total of eight in the top 50.

UK rankWorld rankUK University
12University of Cambridge
23University of Oxford
37London School of Economics
411University College London
517Kings College London
627University of Edinburgh
735University of Nottingham
845Queen Mary University of London
951-100Durham University
1051-100University of Manchester

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According to a recent YouGov survey, lawyer is the fourth most desired job in the UK - unsurprising when a separate study found that a law graduates had the second highest salaries of all with an average salary of £40,000 in the first year of their career.

Beyond the UK, five of QS' best universities in the world for law are American Ivy League schools, with the University of Melbourne the only other university on the list.

1Harvard University
2University of Cambridge
3University of Oxford
4Yale University
5New York University
6Stanford University
7London School of Economics
8The University of Melbourne
9University of California, Berkeley
10Columbia University

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