UCL Faculty of Laws


UCL Laws ranked no. 1 in the UK for law in the Guardian University Guide 2024

12 September 2023

UCL Laws takes the top spot in the Guardian’s subject league tables for law, which ranks 106 institutions.

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This year’s Guardian University Guide, published on 9 September, ranks UCL Laws 1st in the UK for studying law – moving up three places from 2023.

The Guardian University Guide uses eight measures of performance to compile their rankings – including student satisfaction, staff-student ratios, course continuation, student satisfaction and career prospects.

The result is consistent with UCL Laws’ performance in national and international league tables, and demonstrates our excellent teaching and learning experience. Putting this result together with our 1st ranking in REF2021 for research quality, UCL Laws is now in prime place as a research-led education institution.

Professor Eloise Scotford (Dean of UCL Laws) commented:

“This outstanding result reflects the strength of our fundamental values at UCL Laws. We have built our academic strength through uncompromising standards, intellectual breadth, a steady focus on social justice issues, and through living our values of inclusion, diversity and open-minded engagement. We also have brilliant students who are at the very heart of our academic mission, and who go on to make significant contributions to their professions and to society across the world. All members of our academic community – students, staff, professional services colleagues, alumni, as well as colleagues in the wider UK legal academy – contribute to making us an excellent and compassionate Faculty.”

In the Guardian’s overall university rankings, UCL was ranked 8th in the UK out of 122 universities – moving up one place from last year.

In addition to this, The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 league table for law (published 15 September) has ranked UCL 2nd in the UK.

UCL was also named University of the Year 2024, demonstrating the university's academic excellence and our interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research which creates real-world impact. Dr Michael Spence (UCL President & Provost) said: "Being named the Sunday Times University of the Year is a testaement to the dynamic and diverse community of students and staff who make UCL such an extraordinary place. Our high-achieving, curious students learn from and work alongside world leading academics, getting directly involved in research that breaks boundaries and tackles global challenges."

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