Best law schools in the world: Harvard No. 1, UPenn joins top 20

Add University of Pennsylvania Law School to the list of the very best law schools in the world.

Quacquarelli Symonds, also known as QS, released its annual ranking based on academic reputation, employer reputation and citations. As in years past, the U.S. dominates the list with nine schools (up from eight) followed by law schools in the United Kingdom (5) and Australia (4).

Danny Byrne, editor at TopUniversityes.com, which publishes the ranking, said it differentiates itself from other world rankings by directing its focus to U.S. and international students, with an emphasis on how these top universities would bring value to the education market and for potential employment — a big concern for everyone going to law school.

“We wanted to create something that was for more student-focused and less directed on research and stakeholders,” Byrne said.

QS surveyed employers and educators from around the world working in the fields of law. Members of academia were asked to identify the best universities for legal education. The survey asked employers to identify which universities produce the best graduates. Additionally, citations per paper were evaluated

 

1. Harvard Law School

United States

2. University of Oxford

United Kingdom

3. University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

4. Yale Law School

United States

5. New York University School of Law

United States

6. Stanford University Law School

United States

7. London School of Economics and Political Science

United Kingdom

8. The University of Melbourne

Australia

9. The University of Chicago Law School

United States

10. University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

United States

11. Columbia Law School

United States

12. University College London

United Kingdom

13. The University of Sydney

Australia

14. The University of New South Wales

Australia

15. Australian National University

Australia

16. Monash University

Australia

17. Georgetown University Law Center

United States

19. University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

20. King’s College London

United Kingdom

21.University of Toronto

Canada

22. The University of Tokyo

Japan

23. Leiden University

France

24. University of Pennsylvania Law School

United States

24. Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg

Germany