Jurisprudence is one of the most demanded and competitive specialties in the world. Having received a legal education abroad, the student opens up wide opportunities for international employment: he has the right to pass production practice and internship in any country, work in international and governmental organizations. What kind of legal universities in the world can be rightly called the best, what graduates will be hunted by the best world headhunters?
The best law schools in the world: TOP-7 from SMAPSE
Especially for you, SMAPSE experts have compiled a list of the best law universities and higher schools, based on the annual global survey QS World University Rankings (data for 2014). To compile this TOP, the following indicators were taken into account:
1. Academic reputation of the university, professionalism of teachers, the number of scientists and professors
2. The reputation of the institution among world employers
3. The ratio of teachers to students
4. Index of publications cited (teachers and research students)
5. The number and percentage of foreign students, the relevance and popularity of the university among foreign students
6. Number of foreign teachers, international composition.
So, let's move on to the list of the best!
- Harvard University
The first US university - and the first, today is the oldest law school. 7 presidents of the United States received at one time the diploma of Harvard (for example, Barack Obama graduated from law school). Here is the world's largest law library, and the number of programs offered, courses and specialties is more than 400! Students are engaged in 1-2 years of study in large lecture classes - approximately 80 people.
- Cambridge University
The best law university in the UK and Europe has been working for over 700 years! An incomputable number of professors and doctors of sciences, invited lecturers and speakers, famous graduates are presidents of the International Court of Justice and members of the Court of Appeal, judges of the European Court. The list of available specialties and destinations is huge: for example, English law and its history, European Union law, private and public international law, etc.
- Oxford University
The oldest of the English-speaking universities in the world can boast of the highest level of rapid employment of graduates (95% find work in the first six months), and young specialists from Oxford, on average, get 20% more than graduates of other universities. Mostly English law is studied (three-year bachelor's degree), but on a four-year bachelor's program there is an exchange education in Spain, Holland, Germany, France or Italy for the study of national and international law.
- Yale University
The most stringent in the US rules of admission and requirements for applicants and students - a passing score (Raw Data Law School Rankings) is even higher than in Harvard. But Yale University itself has been considered the best law school in the United States for several years already. More than 180 directions are taught here, and the class sizes are already more standard - up to 20 people each.
- New York University (NYU)
The law school in the center of Manhattan offers a choice of more than 300 courses and specialties, including double degrees - in collaboration with Harvard, Princeton and other top American universities. Every year about 600 representatives of large law firms and companies (both private and public) visit the NYU law school. There are no problems with future employment and internship at the students.
- Stanford University
The smallest law school in the world (if we talk about the most prestigious and popular) is distinguished by an incredibly high competition: every year from the 4,500 entrants the students of Stanford are only 180 people. The law school offers 21 double degrees (for example, in international politics, informatics, business, health), and internships are organized around the world: you can choose Wall-Street or Silicon Walley, or you can go to Asian countries and the Pacific.
- The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Innovative approach - this is the main trump cards of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Many modern legal areas were first taught here - for example, labor and tax law, family law, civil litigation, banking law. Graduates founded the prestigious legal journal Modern Law Review, which has been successfully published so far. In 2008, LSE was recognized as the best research university in the UK in the field of law.
How to become a student?
Admission to the top law schools in the US and England - a long and difficult process: get ready for numerous exams, interviews and a huge contest.
In particular, it is necessary to pass final school examinations to the highest possible, excellent grades: in the UK it is A-level, in the USA - SAT, and the IB certificate is considered international. Do not forget about the level of English - you should know it even better than at the level of the carrier! For example, Oxford University accepts law school applicants with IELTS from 7.0, Stanford requires TOEFL from 100 (internet-based test) or 620 (paper-based test).
If the marks and scores on the language exam are excellent, you will be invited to a personal interview, and then organize entrance exams and tests, the composition of which each institution determines individually.