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Take an LLM Degree at one of the Best Law Schools in the World for 2018

One of the hardest parts in acquiring an LLM degree is choosing the right law school. This should be one that will provide the student with quality legal education that will be useful to their current and future careers. Prospective LLM students can get an idea from the recent QS World University Ranking by Subject 2018 published late February 2018. For the Law subject, the following are the top 25 law schools:

  1. Harvard University
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. University of Oxford
  4. Yale University
  5. Stanford University
  6. New York University (NYU)
  7. University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
  8. The University of Melbourne
  9. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  10. Columbia University
  11. University of Chicago
  12. The Australian National University (ANU)
  13. University College London (UCL)
  14. The University of Sydney
  15. National University of Singapore (NUS)
  16. The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)
  17. Georgetown University
  18. University of Toronto
  19. The University of Hong Kong
  20. King's College London
  21. Peking University
  22. The University of Tokyo
  23. McGill University
  24. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  25. The University of Edinburgh

ANU and UCL are actually tied in the 12th position. All these law schools offer LLM programs that vary in subject specializations and platforms, i.e. full-time, part-time, on campus, hybrid, distance learning, etc. What the student will be assured of is that is their LLM degree, if taken from any of these law schools, will provide them with excellent legal education that will boost their resume and therefore, their professional careers.

QS World University Rankings is a yearly publication by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British company established in 1990 by Nunzio Quacquarelli. QS specializes in education and provides an annual ranking of universities based on different categories.

For the ranking made based on the Law subject. QS utilized four sources, as follows:

  • global surveys of academics;
  • global surveys of employers;
  • research impact based on research citation per paper; and,
  • h-index (Hirsh-index) in the relevant subject.

The h-index is a means of measuring both the impact and productivity of the published work of a scholar or a scientist.

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