Best Universities for Law in Europe - Law School Rankings 2019

Do you want to study Law at a university in Europe and you don’t know where to start from? How about the best laws schools from European countries, as recommended by the best university rankings in the world.

We’ve gathered data from 3 of the most notable law school rankings that include universities offering Law degrees considered to be some of the best in Europe. The rankings are:

  • QS Rankings by TopUniversities
  • World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
  • Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai University

We have added more than one top 10 ranking so you get a more diverse look at the best options for studying Law. You probably shouldn’t limit yourself to only one list, as each ranking uses its own criteria to define which university ends up on top.

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Best law schools in Europe by QS Rankings 2019

141 universities from Europe are present in the QS law school rankings. The United Kingdom has the most universities present in the rankings – 34 law schools. The UK is followed by Italy with 15 top universities of law, and Germany with 14. Here is the top 10 list:

See the full top law school list on the official TopUniversites website.

Best law schools in Europe by Times Higher Education Rankings 2019

The law rankings from Times Higher Education use a modified methodology of the World Rankings to fit the subject of Law. The learning environment and research volume, income and reputation weigh the most, followed by industry citations, international environment and industry income. A minimum of 1,000 research publications was required for a university to be included in the rankings.

  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • University of Oxford, UK
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK
  • University College London, UK
  • The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • KU Leuven, Belgium
  • King’s College London, UK
  • Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Lund University, Sweden
  • University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

Check out the full list of best universities of law from Times Higher Education.

Smiling female lawyer shakes hand with senior couple. Best law schools in Europe by Shanghai Rankings

The Academic Ranking of World Universities or Shanghai Ranking offers the Asian perspective over Law studies in Europe. Especially in the first part of the list, the law schools coincide with the ones on the previous 2 lists – only the position varies. This confirms that the 3 best university rankings in the world agree on the very top players in Law degree education.

These are the top law schools in Europe according to Shanghai University:

  • University of Oxford, UK
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK
  • University College London, UK
  • University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • King’s College London, UK

All the following universities are considered to take equal positions in the rankings, so we’ve decided to include them all. Just think of them as all occupying positions 7 through 15 together, none higher than another.

Explore the full list of law schools from Shanghai University Rankings.

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Student reviews of the best law schools in Europe

International rankings are a great way to find top universities around the world. They also allow you to sort them by region or discipline, which is very convenient. However, they lack one thing: student reviews.

Allowing current students or past graduates to share their opinion about a university is a great way to provide transparency and help future university applicants decide where they really want to study.

At Studyportals, we encourage students to leave university reviews. You can easily find them on each university page. Here are several reviews from graduates who studied at the top law schools mentioned above:

LSE graduate

"I had a great study experience. I enjoy studying and learning and LSE was perfect for that. Great infrastructure and facilities that helped me throughout the whole year. Also student services was very good and diligent and helping with any issues or problems that mat have arised."

LMU graduate

"Try and join every event you can with international students, but try to interact with locals as well: they may seem a bit closed, but they are in fact really nice, kind and funny. The Munich University is one of the best universities overall in the world. The city itself is full of events everyday and is a mixture of both innovation and tradition."

Lund University graduate

"There is absolutely nothing to complain about. Great overall experience- Lund is absolutely a students town but big cities such as MalmÔÇØ or Copenhagen are not far off either. Great to study and meet new people!"

Tilburg University graduate

"Tilburg University has a beautiful campus with state-of-the-art equipment and a lot of available workspaces with computers. It is a green campus with a nice atmosphere. The professors are much more approachable than at other universities and the living costs are among the lowest within the Netherlands."

University of Nottingham graduate

"It has so much to offer in terms of student satisfaction along with being a russell group university. It has a beautiful campus along with excellent facilities for both academia and sports. There are so many clubs and societies that you can join and it is an incredibly sociable university with an amazing nightlife."

Which law school from Europe should you study in?

While studying in one of the most prestigious law schools in Europe increases your chances of getting the expertise and professionalism you’re striving for in your career, this still doesn’t guarantee that you’ll find the best university to fit your needs.

Depending on your goals and plans, you should check out the complete list of European law schools and filter it using your own criteria. Or, if you’re considering other places to study, you can also have a look at the list of best law schools in the United States.

Either way, we hope you’ll become the best lawyer you can be and bring justice to those who need it.

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