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Two NZ law schools now in QS top 50

09 March 2017

The University of Auckland has been joined by Victoria University of Wellington for Law, in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Auckland is in 36th place, down slightly from 32nd in 2016, with Victoria 46th. Victoria was ranked in the 51-100th group in 2016.

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.

New Zealand's six law schools all appear in the rankings for the top 300 in Law. AUT Law School has appeared for the first time. Individual rankings are given for law schools in the top 50, and the law schools are then ranked in bands of 50.

Harvard University, Oxford University and Cambridge University were the top three, occupying the same positions as in 2016.

QS World Rankings for New Zealand Law Schools, March 2017
RankingLaw School2016
36University of Auckland32
46Victoria University of Wellington51-100
51-100University of Otago51-100
101-150University of Canterbury51-100
201-250University of Waikato151-200
251-300AUTNot ranked

QS World Rankings for Law, First 20, March 2017
RankingUniversity2016
1Harvard University1
2University of Oxford2
3University of Cambridge3
4Yale University4
5Stanford University6
6New York University5
7London School of Economics7
8University of California, Berkeley9
9Columbia University10
10University of Chicago12
11University of Melbourne8
12University College London14
13University of Sydney11
14University of New South Wales13
15National University of Singapore16
16Australian National University15
17University of Toronto19
18=King's College, London17
18=University of Hong Kong18
20Peking University21

Last updated on the 16th September 2019