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What Are the Best Law Schools in Europe in 2022?

28/04/2022

If you’re planning on studying law in Europe, you’ll want to go to the best law school. A top-ranked school will offer you the in-depth and intensive teaching necessary plus offer connections and job opportunities so that you can start a successful career in the industry. But what are some of the best law schools in Europe?

We’ve delved into the rankings to show you which schools are the best at what they do. If you’re interested in studying in Germany, France, or the Netherlands, we’ve also had a look at the best law schools in these countries to help aid your decision.

The Best Law Schools in Europe

10. University of Amsterdam

Amsterdam Law School

One of the largest law faculties in the Netherlands, the University of Amsterdam (4.0 rating, 77 reviews) has 5,000 students and 450 staff members, meaning you’ll join a huge community of other aspiring law professionals. The school offer nine different Masters programmes in law, covering various aspects including financial law, tax law, and European Union law. In addition, all degree programmes are focused on experiential learning and research, so you’ll be ready for your career as soon as you’ve graduated.

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PPLE: International, Challenging and Rewarding

The Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) programme at the University of Amsterdam is a challenging, but rewarding programme which enables students to pursue more than one discipline. It provides a holistic understanding of social sciences and teaches students how to interpret the socio-economic structures embedded in our society. Through PPLE students improve their interpersonal and organisational skills, which are applicable in any of the four disciplines (and other fields as well!). Aside from the rigorous academics, the programme is very international and gives lots of opportunities to socialise, join engaging clubs and associations and meet people from various cultures. Perhaps one downside of PPLE is that it limits the extent to which you can focus on a chosen discipline because even after choosing your specialisation you’ll have to learn all four disciplines. So, when applying, really consider whether you’re interested in all four areas of study or if you’d prefer to study only one!

Programme: Politics, Psychology, Law, and Economics
Degree: Bachelor's
Graduation: 2023
Campus: Amsterdam
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9. Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London (4.1 rating, 125 reviews) has a speciality in commercial law and has a dedicated research centre for this niche. Aside from that, the faculty is also interested in the role of law in contemporary international society. They offer a wide range of LLM Master’s programs for those who want to get more in-depth knowledge about a specific area of law; courses include environmental law and technology law.

8. Leiden University

Study Law in Leiden

The oldest institution in the Netherlands, Leiden University (4.1 rating, 48 reviews) has developed a reputation for high-quality teaching and research over almost 500 years. Furthermore, their law faculty has trained some of the biggest names in the legal profession in Europe, including the country’s leaders. Their Master’s courses cover unique subjects like space law and digital technologies, but they also offer standard LLM courses for professionals who want to explore the world of international or European law.

7. Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Panthéon-Sorbonne (4.2 rating, 27 reviews) is widely regarded as the seat of law studies in both Paris and the whole of France. Despite being closely linked with the prestigious Sorbonne and French study, the university has a global outlook. Its courses are focused on international applications of the law, while the university has 390 global partners so that students get insights from around the world.

6. University of Edinburgh

Study Law in Edinburgh

Routinely ranked as one of the best universities in the UK, the University of Edinburgh (4.5 rating, 65 reviews) has also built a reputation for its law teaching. In particular, Edinburgh Law School prides itself on its broad curriculum, with Master’s programmes covering everything from corporate law to medical law. The university also has a focus on real-world relevance, so your degree will be underpinned by real cases and research.

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A great year while doing my LLM in Edinburgh

Both the university and student life/Edinburgh were really great. Really helpful and ambitious people, loads to learn in and outside of class. I would highly recommend doing a master’s degree at the University of Edinburgh.

Programme: International and European Law
Degree: Master's
Graduation: 2018
Campus: Edinburgh
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5. King’s College London

Law in London

Breaking into the top five best law schools in Europe is King’s College London (4.1 rating, 154 reviews), one of the oldest law schools in the UK. Students here have access to a huge range of law research at Maughan Library, and they offer a wide range of LLM Master’s courses across the breadth of law study. However, the university prioritises international thinking; you’ll find courses including international law and transnational law.

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LLM Studies- KCL

I have started LLM studies in September 2021 at KCL. Before the studies commenced I was curious aboıt specific subjects related to IP Law. When I searched for KCL’s curriculum I found out that offered subjects were related to my interest areas. I could find answers to the questions in my mind from high scale professionals and this is the best part of LLM studies for me. Besides academic life, London is a beautiful city to live in although slightly expensive compared to other UK cities.
If circumstances of covid would be different, I would like to spend more on campus and I am looking forward to compensating for this situation in the summertime.

Programme: Law
Degree: Master's
Graduation: 2022
Campus: London
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4. University College London

University College London Law

Another London university in the top five is University College London – UCL (4.3 rating, 275 reviews) – and for good reason. Its law school teaches students with the help of student-led activities and competitions, enriching the experience and giving students real-world experience. Postgraduate students will study for a top-ranked LLM degree but can specialise in the learning process by choosing at least 60 credits from knowledge areas including corporate law, maritime law, and intellectual property law.

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Community building

UCL is a dynamic community full of a plethora of international backgrounds, making it an educational forum through which not only your intelligence flounders, but so do your social skills and general worldview.

Programme: Law
Degree: Bachelor's
Graduation: 2024
Campus: London
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3. The London School of Economics and Political Science

Studying Law in London

Rounding out the top three is the London School of Economics and Political Science (4.0 rating, 289 reviews), another university that benefits from its location in the heart of London, close to the law courts and other important institutions. LSE has a large law department with 60 members of staff, each with a wealth of knowledge about specific areas in law, so you’ll learn from the best. Additionally, LSE has a wide range of specialisms in its LLM programme, so you can choose to further your knowledge in areas like European law and taxation law.

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Life-time experience

Studying at LSE is a life-time experience. I love its students come from literally from every corner of the planet. The university system itself is very challenging but the professor are experts in their fields so it is worth it.

Programme: Law
Degree: Master's
Campus: London
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2. University of Cambridge

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One of the best universities in the UK, the University of Cambridge (4.6 rating, 25 reviews) is also one of the best law schools in Europe. Its LLM degree only admits those with the highest-standard bachelor’s degrees, so you’ll be learning with some of the best candidates in Europe. There are also a huge number of modules available on the LLM, so you can personalise your degree to suit your future career. These include specialist modules like competition law and the law of armed conflict.

1. University of Oxford

University of Oxford Law

So, here we have it – the best law school in Europe. The University of Oxford (4.5 rating, 69 reviews) is world-renowned for the quality of its teaching and its cultural significance. Its law school has taught some of the biggest names in the legal profession, and an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from this school will undoubtedly open doors in the future. In fact, the law school is one of the largest in the UK and offers prestigious courses including the Magister Juris (MJur), an intensive programme in civil law.

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Great year

A great place to study in a magnificent campus. The whole setting is inspiring and there is a culture which makes you want to perform as best as you can. There are also great events around the campus all the time

Programme: Law
Degree: PhD
Graduation: 2018
Campus: Oxford
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The Best Law Schools in Germany

1. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (4.0 rating, 10 reviews)

2. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (4.0 rating, 6 reviews)

3. University of Heidelberg  (4.2 rating, 6 reviews)

4. Freie Universität Berlin (4.0 rating, 8 reviews)

5. Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

 

The Best Law Schools in France

1. Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (4.2 rating, 27 reviews)

2. Sciences Po (4.2 rating, 26 reviews)

3. Sorbonne University (3.9 rating, 5 reviews)

4. Université PSL

5. Aix-Marseille University (3.4 rating, 5 reviews)

 

The Best Law Schools in the Netherlands

1. Leiden University (4.1 rating, 48 reviews)

2. University of Amsterdam (4.0 rating, 77 reviews)

3. Utrecht University (4.1 rating, 24 reviews)

4. Maastricht University (4.1 rating, 25 reviews)

5. Tilburg University (4.4 rating, 48 reviews)

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Abigail is a freelance writer specialising in higher education. She has lived in London and the Netherlands, and has a Masters degree in American Studies.

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