Oxford Law Faculty has overtaken Cambridge to claim the top spot in University UK rankings for Law according to the Guardian's annual University guide.

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The rankings also place Oxford top overall in the UK for the first time in a decade, with St Andrews taking second place and Cambridge third. The Guardian attributes this success to new employment data showing that more Oxford students are moving into graduate-level jobs after completing their studies.

The Guardian ranks universities through eight different scores which form a total out of 100. These include what students say about their teaching, feedback and the course itself in the annual National Student Survey (NSS). They consider the sizes of classes through the student-to-staff ratio and how much universities spend on teaching per student, as well as students’ A-level grades, whether their academic performance improves at university (the value-added score), and how likely they’ll be to continue with their course. This year they have added new data on how many students get graduate jobs or go on to further study 15 months after leaving university.