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Sydney Law School climbs up the QS Subject Rankings for Law

22 March 2016
11th in the world

The prestigious rankings are regarded as the most comprehensive global comparison of universities at individual subject level.

QS subject rankings for law

Our global reputation for excellence in legal research and education was once again highlighted today with the release of the 2016 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World Subject Rankings.

The Sydney Law School is now ranked 11th in the world, reflecting our outstanding achievements in the last year.

"This is wonderful news, and it comes almost twelve months to the day after we learned that our 2015 Jessup Team had made us equal best performing law school in the Jessup World Championships," said the Dean, Professor Joellen Riley.

"This Law School is its people and the result reflects the work and expertise of our academic staff in particular, many of whom are world leaders in their fields."

Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence said it was very pleasing to see the University show global leadership.

"The results confirm Sydney's place among the world's top research and educational institutions, and are testament to the hard work and distinction of our staff, students and alumni.

"The University of Sydney has maintained its excellence in the face of increasing competition on the world stage, and continues to demonstrate strength across its diverse breadth of academic areas."

Launched in 2011, the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject is a comprehensive guide to a range of popular subject areas. The prestigious rankings are regarded as the most comprehensive global comparison of universities at individual subject level.

To compile the rankings, QS evaluated 4,226 universities, qualified 2,691 and ranked 945 institutions in total. The process included analysing more than 113 million citations, and verifying the provision of more than 15,530 programs.

Sydney Law School also attained a maximum QS Star rating of 5+, the reflection of an audit that evaluates an institution against over 50 different indicators, and awards universities between one and five + stars over eight wider fields, including internationalisation and facilities.

The list is as follows:

  1. Harvard University
  2. University of Oxford
  3. University of Cambridge
  4. Yale University
  5. = New York University (NYU)
  6. = Stanford University
  7. London School of Economics (LSE)
  8. University of Melbourne
  9. University of California, Berkeley (UBC)
  10. Columbia University
  11. University of Sydney

The full list is available here.

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