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“Objection”, shouts the lawyer; “order!” shouts the judge - all done in the name of dispensing justice. The judge and the lawyer in this scene have one thing in common: they’re showing off their law degrees. A Law degree deals with understanding and interpreting the rules (laws), statutes, decrees, and regulations that govern social behaviour. The dignified men and women who practice it daily do so for the sake of maintaining lawfulness and ensuring justice.

Law is one of the oldest and most revered disciplines throughout history, so the expectations are high, but so are the rewards. Whether you decide to become a judge, become a defence attorney or a prosecutor, or focus on working within a specific organisation or company, you will be expected to have a high level of sophistication with the law, a vast vocabulary and excellent communication skills - everything backed by a great memory and strong analytical thinking.

Law is one of those subjects you will find in every aspect of life. There’s no wonder, then, that Law degrees are offered in fields as diverse as:

• European or International Law;
• Criminal, Civil, Public or Private Law;
• Patent & Intellectual Law.

Each one of these legal subdisciplines will give you in-depth knowledge of Constitutional Law, Legal Theory, Legal Systems, and Legal Institutions.

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Suggested Masters in Law

LL.M. Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

The Criminal Law and Criminal Justice programme at the University of Birmingham draws upon Birmingham Law School's long standing research strengths in the areas of criminal law and criminal justice. Criminal Law is concerned with the most potentially invasive assertion of authority by the state: if you fail to comply with the law you will be punished. 

United Kingdom
LL.M. Commercial Law

The study of Commercial Law form University of Birmingham provides an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in this important and fascinating area of law. 

United Kingdom
MSc/PgD/PgC Citizenship and Human Rights

Created by GCU in partnership with the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, this first-of-its-kind, work-based programme will empower you to promote the principles of human rights. The Citizenship and Human Rights programme is offered by the Glasgow Caledonian University.  

United Kingdom

How Law Subject Ranking Lists Are Created

Find the best university for pursing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Law by checking university ranking tops according to subject such as World University Rankings by Subject from Times Higher Education, QS World University Rankings by Subject from TopUniversities, and ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects in Law.

These Law subject-rankings are based on a combination of indices and factors relevant to the discipline of Law. They measure aspects like: published papers on Law, cited research papers on Law, professors’ performance, the number of international students, the teaching environment, and how employable are Law graduates from each university. Data about university, programme and teachers' reputation is usually collected through surveys.

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Top Ranked Universities in Law on MastersPortal

Universities Location Times Higher Education Ranking (2018) Law Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2017) Law QS Rankings (2018) Law
Durham, United States 1 10 44
Stanford, United States 2 18 5
New Haven, United States 3 5 4
Chicago, United States 4 4 10
Cambridge, United Kingdom 5 14 3
Oxford, United Kingdom 6 9 2
London, United Kingdom 8 32 12
Cambridge, United States 9 1 1
Toronto, Canada 10 24 17
Philadelphia, United States 11 8 30
New York City, United States 12 2 6
Montréal, Canada 13 43 25
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 14 51 24
Ann Arbor, United States 15 15 29
Vancouver, Canada 16 51 28
New York City, United States 17 3 9
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 18 51 18
Berkeley, United States 19 11 8
Leiden, Netherlands 20 51 32
Los Angeles, United States 21 23 22
Ithaca, United States 22 36 34
Amsterdam, Netherlands 23 34 51
Leuven, Belgium 24 51 40
Washington, D. C., United States 25 6 21
London, United Kingdom 25 41 18
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 27 - -
Manchester, United Kingdom 28 51 51
Charlottesville, United States 29 21 51
Singapore, Singapore 30 - 15
Sydney, Australia 31 37 14
Seattle, United States 31 48 101
Sydney, Australia 33 51 13
Utrecht, Netherlands 34 51 51
Evanston, United States 35 17 51
Tilburg, Netherlands 36 76 101
London, United Kingdom 37 - 37
Washington, D. C., United States 38 7 51
Antwerpen, Belgium 39 - 51
Nottingham, United Kingdom 40 49 51
Copenhagen, Denmark 41 - -
Canberra, Australia 42 39 16
Boston, United States 43 31 51
Toronto, Canada 44 - 51
Stockholm, Sweden 45 - 101
Nashville, United States 46 30 151
Colchester, United Kingdom 47 - 151
Glasgow, United Kingdom 48 - 101
Bristol, United Kingdom 49 - 51
Canterbury, United Kingdom 50 76 51
Durham, United Kingdom 51 - 40
Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) 52 - 51
Brighton, United Kingdom 53 - 201
Brisbane, Australia 54 76 48
Austin, United States 55 12 51
Helsinki, Finland 56 - 101
Sheffield, United Kingdom 56 76 201
Gent, Belgium 58 76 51
Jerusalem, Israel 59 51 201
Tempe Junction, United States 60 22 101
Maastricht, Netherlands 61 76 51
Hobart, Australia 61 - 201
Madrid, Spain 63 - 51
Leeds, United Kingdom 64 - 101
Santiago, Chile 65 - 44
Montréal, Canada 66 - 101
Rotterdam, Netherlands 67 - 51
Notting Hill, Australia 68 28 27
Madison, United States 69 76 101
Roma, Italy 70 - 51
Boston, United States 71 76 251
York, United Kingdom 72 - 201
Groningen, Netherlands 73 - 151
Halifax, Canada 74 - 151
Atlanta, United States 75 - -
Glasgow, United Kingdom 76 - 151
Columbus, United States 77 76 201
Irvine, United States 78 27 -
Ottawa, Canada 79 - 251
Chapel Hill, United States 79 51 201
Fairfax, United States 81 29 251
Lancaster, United Kingdom 82 - -
Edmonton, Canada 83 - 151
Athens, United States 83 33 251
Wollongong, Australia 85 - 151
Birmingham, United Kingdom 86 51 51
Santiago, Chile 86 - 51
Adelaide, Australia 88 - 201
Southampton, United Kingdom 89 - 101
Coventry, United Kingdom 90 - 51
Zürich (Kreis 1), Switzerland 91 - 101
Pretoria, South Africa 92 - 101
Exeter, United Kingdom 93 - 151
Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel 94 - 151
Madrid, Spain 95 - 51
Bologna, Italy 96 - -
Oslo, Norway 96 76 51
Washington, D. C., United States 98 76 51
Hamburg, Germany 98 - 51
Ottawa, Canada 98 76 101
Tallahassee, United States - 13 251
London, United Kingdom - 16 7
Manhattan, United States - 19 201
Saint Louis, United States - 20 151
Los Angeles, United States - 25 151
Minneapolis, United States - 26 -
Burnaby, Canada - 34 -
Southport, Australia - 38 51
East Lansing, United States - 40 201
Cincinnati, United States - 42 201
Huntsville, United States - 44 -
Denver, United States - 45 -
Bloomington, United States - 46 151
Richardson, United States - 46 -
College Park, United States - 50 -
Ottawa, Canada - 51 -
Atlanta, United States - 51 201
Florence, Italy - 51 -
Ames, United States - 51 -
New York City, United States - 51 -
University Park, United States - 51 101
Melbourne, Australia - 51 11
Storrs, United States - 51 -
Gainesville, United States - 51 101
Chicago, United States - 51 -
Leicester, United Kingdom - 51 201
University, United States - 51 -
Amsterdam, Netherlands - 51 101
Geelong, Australia - 76 101
University Park, United States - 76 -
Princeton, United States - 76 -
Saint Louis, United States - 76 -
Philadelphia, United States - 76 -
Albuquerque, United States - 76 -
Albany, United States - 76 -
Tucson, United States - 76 251
Davis, United States - 76 101
Iowa City, United States - 76 -
South Bend, United States - 76 101
Pittsburgh, United States - 76 -
Portsmouth, United Kingdom - 76 -
Beijing, China - - 20
Tokyo, Japan - - 22
Paris, France - - 26
Mexico City, Mexico - - 31
Beijing, China - - 33
Seoul, South Korea - - 34
Auckland, New Zealand - - 36
Taipei, Taiwan - - 38
Heidelberg, Germany - - 39
München, Germany - - 40
Sydney, Australia - - 43
Wellington, New Zealand - - 46
Bologna, Italy - - 47
Seoul, South Korea - - 48
Kyoto, Japan - - 50
São Paulo, Brazil - - 50
Aarhus, Denmark - - 101
London, United Kingdom - - 101
Cardiff, United Kingdom - - 101
Madrid, Spain - - 101
Paris, France - - 101
Santiago, Chile - - 101
Zürich, Switzerland - - 101
Berlin Steglitz, Germany - - 101
Brussels, Belgium - - 101
Lund, Sweden - - 101
Sydney, Australia - - 101
Singapore, Singapore - - 101
Valparaíso, Chile - - 101
Kingston, Canada - - 101
Belfast, United Kingdom - - 101
London, United Kingdom - - 101
South Perth, Australia - - 101
Roma, Italy - - 101
Munster, Germany - - 101
Cork, Ireland - - 101
Barcelona, Spain - - 101
Christchurch, New Zealand - - 101
Freiburg, Germany - - 101
Genève, Switzerland - - 101
Minneapolis, United States - - 101
Johannesburg, South Africa - - 101
Trento, Italy - - 101
Vienna, Austria - - 101
Uppsala, Sweden - - 101
Tokyo, Japan - - 101
Wuhan, China - - 101
Barcelona, Spain - - 151
Beijing, China - - 151
Newton, United States - - 151
Budapest, Hungary - - 151
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - - 151
Göttingen, Germany - - 151
Seoul, South Korea - - 151
Seoul, South Korea - - 151
Melbourne, Australia - - 151
Osaka-shi, Japan - - 151
Oxford, United Kingdom - - 151
Barcelona, Spain - - 151
Lima, Peru - - 151
Bogotá, Colombia - - 151
Saint Petersburg, Russia - - 151
Singapore, Singapore - - 151
Stellenbosch, South Africa - - 151
New York City, United States - - 151
Dublin, Ireland - - 151
Bogotá, Colombia - - 151
Bern, Switzerland - - 151
Calgary, Canada - - 151
Irvine, United States - - 151
Coimbra, Portugal - - 151
Boulder, United States - - 151
Florence, Italy - - 151
Lausanne, Switzerland - - 151
Lisbon, Portugal - - 151
Liverpool, United Kingdom - - 151
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - - 151
Reading, United Kingdom - - 151
Victoria, Canada - - 151
London, Canada - - 151
Brussels, Belgium - - 151
Marseille, France - - 201
London, United Kingdom - - 201
Copenhagen, Denmark - - 201
Kobe, Japan - - 201
Nagoya, Japan - - 201
Nanjing, China - - 201
Moscow, Russia - - 201
Hsinchu, Taiwan - - 201
Galway, Ireland - - 201
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom - - 201
Melbourne, Australia - - 201
Swansea, United Kingdom - - 201
Talca, Chile - - 201
Monterrey, Mexico - - 201
Tuscaloosa, United States - - 201
Hamilton, New Zealand - - 201
New Orleans, United States - - 201
Kampung Baru Subang, Malaysia - - 201
Aberdeen, United Kingdom - - 201
Basel, Switzerland - - 201
Bergen, Norway - - 201
Bonn, Germany - - 201
Köln, Germany - - 201
Urbana, United States - - 201
Johannesburg, South Africa - - 201
Naples, Italy - - 201
Padua, Italy - - 201
Roma, Italy - - 201
Salamanca, Spain - - 201
St. Gallen, Switzerland - - 201
Strasbourg, France - - 201
Turin, Italy - - 201
Tübingen, Germany - - 201
Valencia, Spain - - 201
Warsaw, Poland - - 201
Hangzhou, China - - 201
Thessaloníki, Greece - - 251
Auckland, New Zealand - - 251
Gold Coast, Australia - - 251
Provo, United States - - 251
Lisbon, Portugal - - 251
Sydney, Australia - - 251
Dublin, Ireland - - 251
Seoul, South Korea - - 251
Rio Grande, Brazil - - 251
Adelaide, Australia - - 251
Erlangen, Germany - - 251
Atlanta, United States - - 251
Keele, United Kingdom - - 251
Roma, Italy - - 251
Athens, Greece - - 251
Taipei, Taiwan - - 251
Nijmegen, Netherlands - - 251
Seoul, South Korea - - 251
Guangzhou, China - - 251
Hull, United Kingdom - - 251
San Pedro, Costa Rica - - 251
Bogotá, Colombia - - 251
Lisbon, Portugal - - 251
Brasília, Brazil - - 251
Canberra, Australia - - 251
Granada, Spain - - 251
South Miami, United States - - 251
Milano, Italy - - 251
Montpellier, France - - 251
Newcastle, Australia - - 251
Pavia, Italy - - 251
Pisa, Italy - - 251
Porto, Portugal - - 251
Québec, Canada - - 251
Regensburg, Germany - - 251
Sevilla, Spain - - 251
Turku, Finland - - 251
London, United Kingdom - - 251
Zaragoza, Spain - - 251
Paris, France - - 251
Paris, France - - 251
Vienna, Austria - - 251
Xiamen, China - - 251
Florence, Italy - - 51
Shanghai, China - - 51
Mitte, Germany - - 51
Moscow, Russia - - 51
Brisbane, Australia - - 51
Beijing, China - - 51
Paris, France - - 51
Shanghai, China - - 51
Seoul, South Korea - - 51
Milano, Italy - - 51
Milano, Italy - - 51
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium - - 51
Dublin, Ireland - - 51
Adelaide, Australia - - 51
Frankfurt am Main, Germany - - 51
Buenos Aires, Argentina - - 51
Cape Town, South Africa - - 51
Pamplona, Spain - - 51
Dunedin, New Zealand - - 51
Bogotá, Colombia - - 51
Seoul, South Korea - - 51