UQ law rises in global rankings

23 Mar 2016

The TC Beirne School of Law has bolstered its reputation as one of the world’s most prestigious and respected law schools with the release of the 2016 QS World University Rankings by Subject today.

UQ law rose from 49th to 45th in the annual global rankings.  

The QS rankings were based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

Dean of Law and Head of School, Professor Sarah Derrington, said the higher rankings reflected the school’s long-term commitment to excellence.

“We pride ourselves on our world-class teaching and research offerings,” she said.

“While our teaching methods have become more interactive over time, we continue to emphasise traditional educational goals and values.

“We foster a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of the law, stimulate thoughtful debate, nurture enthusiasm for the study of law and encourage our students to develop practical legal skills.

“Law students have access to our vibrant co-curricular program where they can apply their classroom learning to real-life situations. They can participate in mooting, internships or placement programs, or volunteer at the UQ Pro Bono Centre - the possibilities are endless.

“Research is also one of our strengths, with our academic staff regularly contributing leading-edge research across a wide range of legal fields.

“The new QS rankings confirm our status as among the world’s best.”

Professor Derrington said the law school refurbishment and restructure would create an even brighter future for generations of law students.

“Our new, state-of-the -art facilities, revised teaching practices and better student-teacher ratios will ensure our students are ready for the new age of global legal practice,” she said.

“Future-proofing the law school means we can continue to improve on our rankings in the years to come.”

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said UQ’s top-ranked subjects deserved their national and international acclaim.

“Our globally strong performance in these subjects is a reflection of UQ’s hard work in areas where we can create change,” he said.

Professor Høj said it was gratifying that UQ had high-ranking QS subjects across the wide span of the University’s endeavour.

“UQ’s quality teaching and research takes place across a comprehensive range of top-rated disciplines, with an enviable breadth not enjoyed by all universities,” he said.

“This interdisciplinary strength is a great asset to UQ researchers and students.”

QS assessed 42 subject areas in 2016, with 37 UQ subject areas featuring in the top 100.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject - published annually since 2011 - highlights the world’s leading institutions in individual subject areas.

This year QS evaluated 4226 universities in more than 60 countries.