10 Best Law Schools -Europe
Below is a list of some of the very best Law Schools in the Europe. This list is made from the The Guardian University guide. Best 10 Law Schools are selected by author of this article.
1. University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
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Oxford is a collegiate university, with 39 self-governing colleges related to the University in a type of federal system. Thirty colleges and all halls admit students for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Seven other colleges are for graduates only; one has Fellows only, and one specializes in part-time and continuing education.
2. University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
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3. London School of Economics and Political Science LSE (United Kingdom)
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Founded in 1895, LSE enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence. All of LSE's teaching and research is undertaken from a social science perspective, giving the institution a unique approach to otherwise common fields. Around 69% of LSE's students, and more than 40% of its academic staff, originate from outside the UK.
4. Leiden University (Netherlands)Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands. It was founded in February 1575, as a gift from William of Orange to the citizens of Leiden after they had withstood a long siege by the Spanish. It was the first university in the Netherlands to practise freedom of belief and religion, as reflected in the university's motto, , Bastion of Liberty. It was this atmosphere of freedom of speech that provided the right environment for philosophers such as Spinoza and Descartes to develop their ideas.
5. Aarhus University (Denmark)
Aarhus is a young university with high aspirations. Aarhus University was established in 1928. Today Aarhus University is Denmark`s second largest university with approximately 39,000 students and 6,000 faculty staff (2013). Aarhus University belongs to the international elite. In most prestigious ranking lists of the world´s best universities. The main academic areas at the university are: Arts, Science and Technology, Health Sciences and the School of Business and Social Sciences. Aarhus University combines several institutional forms, including traditional university faculties and “university schools”, with their focus on professional and vocational education, for the mutual benefit of the two traditions.
6. Lund University (Sweden)
Lund University unites long-standing traditions with a modern, dynamic and highly international profile. With eight faculties, and a number of research centres and specialised institutes, Lund University is the largest provider of research and higher education in Sweden. The University was founded in 1666 and is one of the oldest universities in northern Europe. At present, about 35 000 undergraduate and nearly 10 000 graduate/postgraduate students are enrolled at Lund University.
Lund University has evolved into the most international university in Sweden, co-operating worldwide with a great number of universities, university networks and research institutes. Annually some 3 000 international students choose to study in Lund. The University also takes a very active part in the educational and research programmes of the European Union.
7. Trinity College Dublin (Ireland)
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The pursuit of excellence through research and scholarship is at the heart of a Trinity education. It provides a unique educational experience encompassing all major academic disciplines in the arts, humanities, engineering, science, human, social and health sciences. Students benefit from a scholar teacher model where they have the opportunity of being taught by world-leading experts in their field.
8. University Complutense Madrid
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The Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) is an institution with a long history and broad social recognition. The UCM aspires to be among the foremost universities in Europe, and to become a reference centre for Latin America.
With students as the focus of its activity, the UCM is committed to providing comprehensive training at the highest level. The quality of teaching is a hallmark of the University. Furthermore, Postgraduate programmes are their priority. Their Masters and Doctoral programmes have the necessary materials and human resources to guarantee excellence. The approach and the intensification of relations with society and with the productive environment will be a priority of the University in the coming years.
The first semester at the newly founded Berlin university occurred in 1810 with 256 students and 52 lecturers in faculties of law, medicine, theology and philosophy under rector Theodor Schmalz. The university has been home to many of Germany's greatest thinkers of the past two centuries, among them the subjective idealist philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte, the theologian Friedrich Schleiermacher, the absolute idealist philosopher G.W.F. Hegel, the Romantic legal theorist Friedrich Carl von Savigny, the pessimist philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, the objective idealist philosopher Friedrich Schelling, cultural critic Walter Benjamin, and famous physicists Albert Einstein and Max Planck. Founders of Marxist theory Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels attended the university, as did poet Heinrich Heine, novelist Alfred Döblin, founder of structuralism Ferdinand de Saussure, German unifier Otto von Bismarck, Communist Party of Germany founder Karl Liebknecht, African American Pan Africanist W. E. B. Du Bois and European unifier Robert Schuman, as well as the influential surgeon Johann Friedrich Dieffenbach in the early half of the 1800s. The university is home to 29 Nobel Prize winners.
9. Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)
After the unification of East and West Germany, the university was radically restructured and all professors had to reapply for their positions. The faculty was largely replaced with West German professors, among them the historian Heinrich August Winkler. Today, Humboldt University is a state university with a large number of students (37,145 in 2003, among them more than 4,662 foreign students).
10. University of Bologna
The University of Bologna (Italian: Università di Bologna, UNIBO) is a university located in Bologna, Italy, founded in 1088. As of 2000 the University's motto is Alma mater studiorum (Latin for "nourishing mother of studies"). The University has about 100,000 students in its 23 schools. It has branch centres in Imola, Ravenna, Forlì, Cesena and Rimini and a branch center abroad in Buenos Aires. Moreover, it has a school of excellence named Collegio Superiore di Bologna. It is widely recognised as the oldest university in continuous operation, considering that it was the first to use the term universitas for the corporations of students and masters which came to define the institution.