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Best universities for law degrees in Australia 2024

Find the best universities for law degrees in Australia using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings 2024 data

    November 3 2023
    Best universities for law degrees in Australia


    Top 5 universities in Australia for law degrees 2024

    Scroll down for the full list of best universities in Australia for law degrees

    Australia law rank 2024  Law rank 2024  University City
    1  8  University of Melbourne Melbourne
    2  =21  Australian National University Canberra
    3  32  UNSW Sydney Sydney
    4  40  University of Sydney Sydney
    5  64  Monash University Melbourne

    Students who study law at an Australian university will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, which takes four years to complete. A law degree obtained in Australia may be recognised in other countries, depending on where graduates go on to practise. Further tests or qualifications may be required to specialise.

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    A law degree is versatile because it provides students with transferrable skills than can be applied to a range of careers. Many law graduates go on to practise law and become barristers and solicitors but it is just as common for law graduates to pursue a non-legal career in the field of business, journalism or technology, for example.

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    5. Monash University

    Monash Law School was founded in 1963. 

    The faculty offers a bachelor of laws which students can combine with other disciplines. The university also offers the Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Laws (LLM) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

    Undergraduate students are able to mould their course based on their interests and choose from a range of electives including animal law, media law and negotiation and conflict resolution.

    The university also offers students a clinical legal experience with the opportunity to work on real life cases.

    The Monash University Law Review is the faculty of law's flagship academic journal. It is managed by students and supervised by faculty advisors.

    4. University of Sydney

    The University of Sydney Law School was established in 1855. Law was one of the first disciplines at the university, alongside arts and medicine.

    The law school offers a selection of degrees including the Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Laws (LLM), specialist master’s and graduate diplomas and postgraduate research degrees.

    The university has developed Industry and Community Project Units, which give students the opportunity to solve real legal problems with industry partners. The law school has also set up two legal clinics: the public interest law clinic and the law and social justice clinic, which allow students to apply what they have learnt in the classroom to real-world issues.

    The offshore study electives allow students to develop their understanding of country-specific legal jurisdictions and learn more broadly about issues such as human rights, international law and legal theory. Some of these international programmes include the Sydney Law School in Europe, the Shanghai Winter School and the Southeast Asia Field School.

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    3. UNSW Sydney

    Undergraduate students at UNSW Sydney study law as part of a double degree, which means they graduate with a Bachelor of Laws and another non-law degree. UNSW law also offers the Juris Doctor as well as the Master of Laws and research degrees.

    The university has set up an academic exchange programme with more than 80 law schools across 40 countries. This is one of the largest student exchange programmes in Australia. Students are given the opportunity to study abroad for one, two or three terms during their fourth or fifth year of an undergraduate degree.

    UNSW Law carries out research in the fields of human rights, international finance, technology and the law, environmental protection, contracts, and justice for Indigenous peoples. The faculty has 10 centres and institutes facilitating this research, including the Allens Hub for Technology, Law and Innovation and the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.

    2. Australian National University

    Australian National University (ANU) College of Law was founded in 1960. 

    The College of Law offers a range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. These include the Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, Master of International Law and Diplomacy, Graduate Certificate of Law and the Graduate Certificate of New Technologies Law.

    ANU College of Law focuses its research on a number of key areas: administrative law, constitutional law, international law, international security law, environmental law and government and regulation. This research is carried out at the college’s five research centres.

    It also hosts events to engage with the public. The Phillipa Weeks Lecture is given each year in memory of late ANU professor Philippa Weeks, and focuses on labour law. The National Law Reform Conference is held annually and is attended by some of Australia’s leading policy experts, legal practitioners and researchers who explore key areas of the law that need reforming.

    1. University of Melbourne

    The University of Melbourne Law School was established in 1857. 

    The Melbourne JD is the only degree offered by the law school that allows graduates to enter the legal profession in all Australian jurisdictions. It can also be used in many law jurisdictions across the globe. Students can also study the Melbourne Law Masters, which is recognised internationally, or the graduate research degree.

    Melbourne Law School is committed to public engagement and therefore hosts a number of events including conferences, lectures and workshops, which give students the opportunity to engage with the local community. One of the school’s more recent events was the Centre for AI and Digital Ethics Summer Research Academy.

    Melbourne Law School has more than 20,000 active alumni in at least 90 countries. Notable alumni include several prime ministers: Alfred Deakin, Harold Holt, Julia Gillard and Robert Menzies. Governor-Generals Sir Ninian Stephen and Sir Zelman Cowen are also graduates of the law school, as well as Sir Owen Dixon, one of Australia’s greatest jurists.

    Top universities for law degrees in Australia 2024

    Click each institution to view its World University Rankings 2024 profile

    Australia law rank 2024  Law rank 2024  University City
    1  8  University of Melbourne Melbourne
    2  =21  Australian National University Canberra
    3  32  UNSW Sydney Sydney
    4  40  University of Sydney Sydney
    5  64  Monash University Melbourne
    6  =74  The University of Queensland Brisbane
    =7  101–125  University of Adelaide Adelaide
    =7  101–125  Queensland University of Technology Brisbane
    =7  101–125  University of Tasmania Hobart
    =7  101–125  University of Technology Sydney Sydney
    =7  101–125  University of Wollongong Wollongong
    =12  151–175  Curtin University Perth
    =12  151–175  Griffith University Brisbane, Gold Coast, Logan
    =12  151–175  Macquarie University Sydney
    =12  151–175  The University of Western Australia Perth
    =16  176–200  Flinders University Adelaide
    =16  176–200  La Trobe University Melbourne
    =16  176–200  University of Newcastle Callaghan
    =19  201–250  Deakin University Geelong
    =19  201–250  Swinburne University of Technology Hawthorn
    21  251–300  Western Sydney University Sydney

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