Griffith Law ranked as top Australian law school in latest global rankings

18 September 2019

Griffith Law has achieved the no. 1 spot among Australian universities in the latest  Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, and second globally for Hospitality and Tourism Management.

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Griffith Law tops Australian universities in latest Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

In an outstanding result, the university was ranked in 37 of the possible 54 subjects with two recognized in the top five in the world and nine inside in the global top 100.

The university was also ranked first in Australia for Nursing and Midwifery (fourth in the world) and in Law and Criminology where Griffith rose four spots to number 29.

Griffith Marine/Ocean Engineering was ranked number 13 in the world.

Vice Chancellor and President, Professor Carolyn Evans said the Shanghai ranking results were outstanding.

“I am very pleased to see Griffith continue its upward trajectory on the Shanghai academic subject rankings,” she said. “Results like these are the outcome of long-term planning and strategic focus by the University combined with the pursuit of excellence by our academic staff.”

Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice student Hannah Wallace said knowing Griffith Law was ranked first in the country and 29th in the world was a confidence boost for her and fantastic recognition for the university.

“It is such a great boost of confidence for us that as a young university we’re being recognized in a global setting so early on,” she said. “I think that Griffith’s reputation as being such a practical university with a particular focus on social justice and global perspective is a draw card for students who want to gain a comprehensive understanding of important issues on a national and international scale and be able to make a meaningful difference regarding these fundamental issues.

“I’ve been a student ambassador for three years and I have noticed that now at student expos we are inundated with inquiries about law where we weren’t before… because people are starting to hear about our growing reputation.”

Hannah’s dream job is to work as a prosecutor with the UN or a human rights lawyer, so global recognition of her studies will be incredibly valuable.

It comes as Griffith moves up two places to 35th in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities listing.

“This is another great result for the university,” said Professor Evans. “These ranking results demonstrate the breadth and excellence of scholarship at Griffith and signal that the university is poised to make further substantial progress in coming years.”

About Griffith Law School

Griffith Law School offers a dedicated graduate program for Canadian students pursuing a legal career in Australia or Canada. Griffith offers elective Canadian Law courses at the Gold Coast campus that count toward your degree and prepare you for the NCA exams. You will learn from experienced lecturers who can guide you through what’s involved and give you personalized advice on how to prepare.

Students will also receive support and advice from the Canadian Law Student Association including regular mentoring meetings with the Deputy Head of School for Learning and Teaching.

Program: Juris Doctor
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: February, July, or October
Duration: 2 – 3 years (dependent on elective selection)
Application deadline: You are strongly encouraged to apply at least three months prior to the program’s start date to allow time for the predeparture process.

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