Top Law Schools

Law illustrated by metal statue holding the scales of justice.What Australian universities have the best law schools?

One's definition of a good law school depends on what you value in a degree. Some of the law schools with the highest course satisfaction ratings are not considered elite. These include Edith Cowan University, UniSA and Bond University.

The UNSW Law School has strong claims to be the best law school because it has prestige and gets high ratings from graduates. UNSW is also good in social sciences and has a strong Master of Laws program. UNSW's rivals in postgraduate study include Melbourne Uni, Sydney Uni, UQ and UWA.

Another consideration are the types of law degrees universities offer. Some law schools do not have Bachelor of Laws, instead requiring students to do expensive Juris Doctor degrees. Other schools require students to complete lengthy combined degrees (such as Arts/Law). These options contrast with USQ's 3-year law degree.

Top Rated Law Schools

Reputations count for little when graduates rate how satisfied they are with their law courses. The top law schools for course satisfaction are a mixture of prestigious and vocational universities.

Summary

Top 10

11-20

Top 5 law schools for student satisfaction

  • Edith Cowan University in Perth heads the list of high-rated law schools, with a 97% satisfaction rate. It is followed by UNSW, which has one of Australia's larger and more prestigious law schools.
  • Other universities with a satisfaction rate over 90% are UniSA, Bond University (Gold Coast), and the University of Wollongong.

Differences in ratings

  • The course satisfaction rates are high on average but there is significant variation. Several law schools have satisfaction rates below 80%, meaning more than 1 in 5 graduates were less than pleased with their course overall. This contrasts with the top rated law schools, for which less than 1 in 10 students were indifferent or dissatisfied.

Top 10 rated law schools

Edith Cowan University

University of New South Wales

University of South Australia

Bond University

University of Wollongong

Charles Darwin University

Monash University

University of Canberra

University of Technology, Sydney

La Trobe University

 

Satisfied

97%

95%

92%

91%

90%

89%

89%

88%

87%

87%

Source: MyUniversity, Course Experience Questionnaires

 

11-20 rated law schools

University of Sydney

University of Notre Dame Australia

Deakin University

Griffith University

Australian National University

Flinders University

James Cook University

University of Melbourne

Queensland University of Technology

Victoria University

 

Satisfied

86%

86%

85%

85%

85%

84%

84%

84%

83%

83%

Source: MyUniversity, Course Experience Questionnaires

Best Universities for Masters

Master of Laws (LLM) degrees are popular with law graduates wanting to specialise and non-law graduates seeking to improve their legal knowledge.

Top masters program

Top 10 list

Top law schools for Master of Laws (LLM)

  • Based on the depth of courses offered, the top 5 law schools for masters degrees are Melbourne Uni, Sydney Uni, UNSW, UQ and UWA.
  • The biggest and best masters programs can generally be found at Australia's most prestigious universities. Masters students prefer to study at the top ranked universities. Strong demand for places allows such universities to offer large programs with plenty of subject choice and course flexibility.
  • For distance education, the UNE has the strongest study program.

10 best unis for LLM (not in order)

Australian National University

Monash University

University of Adelaide

University of Melbourne

University of New England

University of New South Wales

University of Queensland

University of Sydney

University of Technology, Sydney

University of Western Australia

 

State

ACT

VIC

SA

VIC

NSW

NSW

QLD

NSW

NSW

WA

Source: For the complete list, see Australian Master of Laws

 

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