It’s a good thing lawyers love law school rankings, because there are tons of them. Every year, it seems like there’s a whole new crop of law school rankings to fight about with your friends. Aren’t you getting tired of them? No, of course not. Lawyers love rankings more than they love money (okay, maybe that’s taking it a step too far).
You’ve seen the Princeton Review law school rankings (and like us, you probably wondered why the hell so much emphasis was put on student feedback over actual data). You’ve seen the U.S. News law school rankings (and you watched your deans play the blame game lest they be fired). You’ve seen the ATL law school rankings (and you cheered for realistic, employment-based metrics). You’ve even seen the Cooley law school rankings (and you’re hoping and praying that the school hasn’t gained a sense of shame and will someday put out another edition because it’ll surely be a LOLable work of disingenuous art).
But have you seen a ranking of the best law schools in the world ? Here’s your chance.
Before we get to the World Law School Rankings , let’s discuss the methodology used by the Quacquarelli Symonds team at Top Universities (you can explore more in-depth explanations here ): Each of the subject rankings is compiled using four sources. The first two of these are QS’s global surveys of academics and employers, which are used to assess institutions’ international reputation in each subject. The second two indicators assess research impact, based on research citations per paper and h-index in the relevant subject. These are sourced from Elsevier’s Scopus database, the world’s most comprehensive research citations database. These four components are combined to produce the results for each of the subject rankings, with weightings adapted for each discipline. We know you want to see if any American law schools cracked the list, so we won’t make you wait anymore. Here they are, the top 10 best law schools in the world: 1. Harvard University
2. University of Oxford
3. University of Cambridge
4. Yale University
5. Stanford University