The University of Melbourne (UOM) has claimed the top spot in Australia for the study of law.
According to the 2011 annual QS World University Rankings released yesterday (5 September), UOM is ninth in the world for the study of law.
Harvard University took out first place, followed by Oxford, Cambridge, Yale and Stanford universities, in what is the first year that QS has rated universities by subject (previously law was ranked in the broad faculty of Social Sciences).
The University of Sydney (USYD) ranked 11; Australian National University (ANU) 15; Monash University 20; the University of New South Wales (UNSW) 29; and the University of Queensland (UQLD) 35, for law.
The overall university rankings for 2011/2012 - which consider over 2,000 universities worldwide and evaluate over 700 of them - showed UOM as the fastest rising Australian university, moving up seven places from last year, to 31st in the world.
Last year ANU was ranked 20th overall; USYD ranked 37; UQLD 43; and UNSW 46. This year ANU dropped to 26 and Sydney University dropped one place to 38. UQLD and UNSW also dropped to 48 and 49 respectively.
The annual QS World University Rankings - which use global surveys on academic reputation and employer reputation and data on citations per faculty member; faculty student ratio; and proportion of international students and international faculty members - remain dominated by US institutions, which took 13 of the top 20 places.
UOM is also equal fourth in the world for graduate recruitment, according to the latest QS Rankings.
A survey of 13,000 employers worldwide ranked only Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge universities ahead of Melbourne in their preference for graduates to recruit.
To see the full worldwide league table for the subject of law click here.