LSBU earns rise of 45 places in Guardian law league tables
19 May 2017
London South Bank University’s (LSBU) law courses have been recognised as among the best in the UK, with the release of The Guardian’s annual law rankings showing LSBU’s swift rise to 13th place, improving by 45 places from last year’s tables.
Even more impressively, the University has improved by 74 places from its position in the tables just four years ago, challenging other institutions known for the strength of their law degrees.
LSBU’s Head of Law Andy Unger said the latest ranking was the result of work over a number of years to boost the student experience in the law division.
“The Guardian league tables place a lot of importance on the student experience and the jump in the tables reflects our work on a variety of initiatives that enhance our students’ time at LSBU,” Andy said.
“We are ensuring our students can access resources easily in the way that most suits them by providing iPads and extending eLearning facilities.
“We have also done a lot of work in ensuring our students are employable, providing a professional qualification with a focus on clinical legal education and learning legal theory 'by doing' as a lawyer.
“Our students have the opportunity to work in our Legal Advice Clinic for the community and with the Lambeth County Court among other work experience initiatives in the south London legal community.”
Final-year LLB Law student, Tünde Kubitsch, has benefitted from the initiatives offered by LSBU’s Law division, some of which have assisted her in securing a vacation scheme at City law firm DAC Beachcroft, and stand her in good stead for securing a training contract at the completion of her studies.
“LSBU provides Law students with iPads and all of our textbooks for required reading are available online, which meant for criminal law instead of buying and carrying around numerous books, they were available online to us for free,” she said.
“For me, the most helpful initiative was the Legal Advice Clinic, which we are able to participate in from second year, and is an opportunity to work with and help real people with real legal issues.
“The Clinic is open to the public and you’re working alongside another student and a qualified solicitor to assist with any sort of legal problem, except for immigration, and you’re able to apply what you’ve learned in a very fast-paced environment because you only have an hour to be with each client and we give advice on the spot to them.
“All the lecturers are very approachable and helpful and the events available to us, bringing us face-to-face with law industry leaders, were invaluable.
“Despite the competitive market for law graduates wanting to become barristers and solicitors, I feel LSBU has done everything they could to provide us with a foundation to build on and prepare us for success.”
The Law Division also now enjoys industry links internationally, particularly in China and Egypt.