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NZ law schools fall in QS rankings

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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

Ranking Law School 2018 2017
44 University of Auckland 29 36
51-100 Victoria University of Wellington 38 46
101-150 University of Canterbury 101-150 101-150
101-150 University of Otago 51-100 51-100
Not Ranked University of Waikato 201-250 201-250
Not Ranked AUT 251-300 251-300

QS World Rankings for Law 2019, First 20

Ranking Law School 2018
1 Harvard University 1
2 University of Oxford 3
3 University of Cambridge 2
4 Yale University 4
5 Stanford University 5
6 University of Melbourne 8
7 London School of Economics 9
8 University of California, Berkley 7
9 Columbia Unversity (US) 10
10 New York University 6
11 University of Chicago 11
12 University of Sydney 14
13 National University of Singapore 15
14 University of New South Wales 16
15= Australian National University 12=
15= University College London 12=
17 Georgetown University (US) 17
18 University of Hong Kong 19
19 King's College, London 20
20 University of Tokyo 22
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