While there are several other global university rankings, such as the QS World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, amongst others, the THE rankings retains the title as one of the most prestigious (although admittedly, the QS rankings are in hot pursuit to take this crown.) In 2021, the Times revealed it’s 2022 rankings: here they are for law degrees and law schools in Australia.
Often also ranked as the top Australian university in the general Times rankings, the University of Melbourne topped the 2022 Law School rankings.
As mentioned above, the Melbourne Law School moved to only offering the JD degree for graduates, as well as offering the Melbourne Law Masters, with both being recognised internationally.
And to prove its popularity and prestige, the university has over 20,000 alumni in around 90 countries, with well-known public figures such as ex-prime ministers (Julia Gillard, Robert Menzies, Alfred Deakin) and governor-generals (Sir Ninian Stephens and Sir Zelman Cowen) among its luminaries.
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney offers both a standard LLB and double degrees for those wanting to incorporate other disciplines into their studies. It also offers the JD and an LLM.
A great point of difference UNSW Sydney has compared to other Australian law schools is its huge overseas study programme, meaning you can take part of your law degree at one of 80 law schools in over 40 countries.
The Australian National University (ANU) College of Laws may be one of the newer Australian law schools (founded in 1960), but it still ranks as the third best in the country.
Similar to UNSW Sydney, ANU offers both the LLB and JD, as well as the LLM, but also offers more specific graduate programmes such as the Master of International Law and Diplomacy, and a Graduate Certificate of New Technologies Law.
Being in the nation’s capital, ANU focuses on areas of law that are directly linked to governance, including administrative law, constitutional law, international law, and government and regulation.
As Australia’s oldest and first university, the University of Sydney has a strong brand and reputation very similar to the University of Melbourne, with many dubbing the two as topping the Australian equivalent of the Ivy League.
Uni of Sydney also offers the LLB, JD and LLM, as well as an assortment of specialist graduate programmes, with its main point of difference being its ‘Industry and Community Project Units’ that loops its students into the more practical aspects of practising law.
The University of Queensland (UQ) School of Law offers the LLB and a range of double-degree programmes, as well as LLM programmes, including a Master of International Law, Master of Commercial Law and even a dual master’s degree.
To set itself apart from other law schools, UQ has a focus on some interesting ‘impact themes’ that are very forward looking in terms of the scope of the law: transforming societies, building better bio economies, resilient environments and livelihoods, designing technology for tomorrow and leading healthy lives.
Of course, there are many other law schools in Australia you can apply to if you want to study closer to home or in a different location for other reasons – rounding out the top 10 were Monash University, University of Technology Sydney, University of Wollongong, University of Tasmania and University of Adelaide.
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