World University Rankings 2019 by subject: law

The 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings table for law subjects uses the same rigorous and balanced range of 13 performance indicators as the overall World University Rankings, but the methodology has been recalibrated to suit the individual fields.

This year, we have made a small adjustment to the eligibility criterion for academic staff in the subject tables, which has resulted in more universities being eligible for inclusion.

The 2019 law ranking has also expanded to include 187 universities, up from 100 last year.

View the World University Rankings 2019 by subject: law methodology

Stanford University has overtaken Duke University to claim first place in this year’s law table. The University of Cambridge completes the top three in third, up from fifth.

The top 10 features two new entries: the London School of Economics and Political Science makes its debut in the ranking at joint seventh, while New York University joins the elite group after climbing three places to ninth. As a result, the University of Toronto and UCL both fall out of the top 10.


View the full results of the overall World University Rankings 2019
Read our article on the best universities for law degrees


Australia’s University of Melbourne is the only institution outside the UK and the US to make the top 10, in 10th place.

The National University of Singapore has overtaken the University of Hong Kong to become the leading Asian institution in the table at 21st place (up from 30th). HKU is now at 22nd (down from 18th).