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NZ law schools fall in QS rankings

07 March 2019

New Zealand's law schools have fallen down the rankings in the latest QS World University Rankings.

Auckland is now ranked 44th in 2019, down from 29th in 2018. Victoria University of Wellington has gone from 38th to the 51st to 100th ranking band.

The University of Waikato and AUT University are both not ranked for 2019. The rankings are for what QS determines to be the top 300 law schools in the world.

The QS World University Rankings have been published every year since 2004.

The rankings are designed to highlight the world's top universities in 42 subjects, based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

The ranking process relies on four data sets to measure performance - two surveys of academics and employers, and two indicators that evaluate research impact based on academic citations per paper.

Internationally, Harvard University, Oxford University and Cambridge University and Oxford University were the top three, with Oxford pushing past Cambridge into second place behind Harvard.

QS World Rankings for New Zealand Law Schools, 2019
RankingLaw School20182017
44University of Auckland2936
51-100Victoria University of Wellington3846
101-150University of Canterbury101-150101-150
101-150University of Otago51-10051-100
Not RankedUniversity of Waikato201-250201-250
Not RankedAUT251-300251-300
QS World Rankings for Law 2019, First 20
RankingLaw School2018
1Harvard University1
2University of Oxford3
3University of Cambridge2
4Yale University4
5Stanford University5
6University of Melbourne8
7London School of Economics9
8University of California, Berkley7
9Columbia Unversity (US)10
10New York University6
11University of Chicago11
12University of Sydney14
13National University of Singapore15
14University of New South Wales16
15=Australian National University12=
15=University College London12=
17Georgetown University (US)17
18University of Hong Kong19
19King's College, London20
20University of Tokyo22

Last updated on the 16th September 2019