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Thursday, October 5, 2017

2018 Times Higher Education World Law School Rankings

THETimes Higher Education has released its 2018 ranking of the Top 100 Law Schools in the world, based on this methodology:

  • Teaching:  The Learning Environment (32.7%)
  • Research:  Volume, Income and Reputation (30.8%)
  • Citations:  Research Influence (25%)
  • International Outlook:  Staff, Students and Research (9%)
  • Industry Income:  Innovation (2.5%)

Here are the Top 25 law schools:

  1. Duke
  2. Stanford
  3. Yale
  4. Chicago
  5. Cambridge
  6. Oxford
  7. Melbourne
  8. University College London
  9. Harvard
  10. Toronto
  11. Pennsylvania
  12. NYU
  13. Melbourne
  14. Edinburgh
  15. Michigan
  16. British Columbia
  17. Columbia
  18. Hong Kong
  19. UC-Berkeley
  20. Leiden
  21. UCLA
  22. Cornell
  23. Amsterdam
  24. KU Leuven
  25. Georgetown

The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ table for law subjects employs the same rigorous and balanced range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings, but the methodology has been recalibrated to suit the individual fields.

It is a brand new ranking for 2018 and includes 100 institutions.

The law table reveals a much more diverse list than the overall THE World University Rankings table.

While Switzerland is the only country outside of the US and the UK that makes the top 20 of the THE World University Rankings, universities in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and the Netherlands achieve the same heights in the law table.

Australia’s University of Melbourne and Canada’s University of Toronto both break into the top 10.

But the ranking is led by four prestigious institutions in the US – Duke, Stanford, Yale and Chicago. Notably Harvard is ninth, mainly due to its much lower score for teaching. ...

No law school can be included in the overall World University Rankings unless it has published a minimum of 100 research papers over the five years that we examine.

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Any list that doesn't take into account the cost of law school combined with the school's employment rate is suspect.

Posted by: Justin | Oct 5, 2017 9:38:15 AM

Thought I'd do a comparison with US News rankings:

Int’l.––Name–––––––––––US News
1––––Duke Univ.––––––––10T
2––––Stanford Univ.––––––2
3––––Yale Univ.––––––––––1
4––––Univ. of Chicago––––4
9––––Harvard Univ.–––––––3
11–––Univ. of Penn.––––––7
12–––New York Univ.––––––6
15–––Univ. of Michigan–––8T
17–––Columbia Univ.––––––5
19–––U. Cal. Berkeley–––12
22–––Cornell Univ.––––––13
25T––Georgetown Univ.–––15T
29–––Univ. of Virginia–––8T
31T––Univ. of Wash.–––––18
38–––George Wash. Univ.–30T
43–––Boston Univ.–––––––23T
46–––Vanderbilt Univ.–––17
55–––Univ. of Texas–––––14
60–––Arizona State –––––25
69–––Univ. of Wisconsin–30T
71–––Northeastern Univ.–65T
75–––Georgia State Univ.65T
77–––Ohio State Univ.–––30T
78–––U. Cal. Irvine–––––28T
79T––Univ. of N. Car.––39T
81–––George Mason Univ.–41T
83T––Univ. of Georgia–––30T
98T––American Univ.–––––86T

Posted by: Old Ruster | Oct 5, 2017 11:02:17 AM

As inexplicable ranking formulas go, this one is especially inexplicable!

Posted by: Brian | Oct 5, 2017 12:13:49 PM