There are no shortage of rankings in the higher education sector at the moment, however there are relatively few rankings that consider law - and law schools - as a specific area of scholarship and/or teaching. In September, I blogged about the QS World University Rankings for law, where 12 Australian law schools made the list of the top 200 law schools worldwide (including, I might add, the Queensland University of Technology). Today the Australian Research Council released the Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 National Report that outlines how the quality research undertaken by Australian universities stacks up against a rigorous evaluation process.
The Excellence in Research for Australia ranks Australian universities across 22 different fields of research, including law. In each field of research, Australian universities are ranked on a five -point rating scale. The rankings for the field of law (FoR 1801) are as follows.
5: well above world standard:
- Australian National University;
- Monash University;
- University of Melbourne:
- University of New South Wales;
- University of Sydney.
4: above world standard:
- Griffith University;
- Macquarie University;
- Queensland University of Technology;
- University of Adelaide;
- University of Queensland;
- University of Tasmania;
- University of Technology, Sydney;
- University of Wollongong.
3: at world standard:
- Bond University;
- Deakin University;
- Flinders University;
- James Cook University;
- La Trobe University;
- Murdoch University;
- RMIT University;
- University of New England;
- University of Western Australia;
- University of Western Sydney.
2: below world standard:
- Curtin University of Technology;
- Southern Cross University;
- University of Canberra;
- University of South Australia;
- University of Southern Queensland;
- Victoria University.
No universities were ranked "1: well below world standard" in law, but 11 law schools were not assessed due to low volume.