The top 3 law schools in Australia for 2017 are

  1. University of New South Wales
  2. Queensland University of Technology
  3. University of New England

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • law school size (student numbers)
  • student and graduate satisfaction with law courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

Law includes: Law and Legal Practice, Justice Administration, Legal Studies and Police Studies.

University of New South Wales

the Law School of UNSW tops the subject rankings for Law in 2017.

The Faculty achieves a high level of overall satisfaction with courses (87%) and a high average salary ($57,817).

Queensland University of Technology

The Law Faculty of QUT is ranked 2nd in Australia.

The undergraduate program is estimated to be the largest and achieves a high course satisfaction rate (86%).

University of New England

The Law School of UNE is in the top 3 for Australia.

The School has consistently good quality indicators, ranking in Australia’s top 10 course satisfaction and salaries.

Law School Rankings

Rank Law School Size* Satisfaction Grad salary Points
1 University of New South Wales 677 87% $57,817 218
2 Queensland University of Technology 1,688 86% $46,775 217
3 University of New England 443 86% $60,989 205
4 Australian National University 728 86% $52,487 195
5 Griffith University 1,176 89% $43,172 195
6 Western Sydney University 1,078 83% $51,176 194
7 Southern Cross University 451 86% $57,248 193
8 Deakin University 770 84% $52,820 191
9 University of Technology Sydney 569 88% $51,931 190
10 Macquarie University 958 82% $51,453 186
11 Charles Darwin University 216 83% $63,985 180
12 Charles Sturt University 1,062 67% $63,892 176
13 University of Notre Dame Australia 280 91% $50,990 172
14 Monash University 797 81% $47,421 161
15 Bond University 412 90% $43,484 157
16 University of Sydney 316 83% $53,569 151
17 Murdoch University 449 83% $48,431 147
18 University of Adelaide 652 82% $44,787 147
19 La Trobe University 724 80% $44,474 142
20 University of Canberra 222 82% $51,134 130
21 Flinders University 470 87% $38,724 129
22 University of Newcastle 348 78% $49,196 119
23 University of South Australia 296 85% $41,829 116
24 University of Southern Queensland 304 81% $44,949 111
25 University of Western Australia 371 70% $55,237 111
26 Victoria University 523 79% $39,255 104
27 Edith Cowan University 149 82% $45,767 96
28 RMIT University 436 80% $36,995 93
29 University of Queensland 295 68% $50,585 76

Updated: 4 September 2016

* Combined sample size for student course satisfaction surveys.

Universities with small sample sizes for satisfaction or salary components are omitted from overall ranking.

Student Course Satisfaction

Rank Law School Graduates Students
1 University of the Sunshine Coast 89%
2 University of Notre Dame Australia 87% 91%
3 University of Wollongong 85% 90%
4 Bond University 94% 86%
5 Griffith University 90% 86%
6 CQUniversity 87%
7 University of Technology Sydney 90% 85%
8 Federation University Australia 86%
9 University of New South Wales 85% 88%
10 Flinders University 88% 84%
11 Queensland University of Technology 89% 84%
12 Southern Cross University 90% 82%
13 Australian National University 84% 85%
14 University of New England 85% 85%
15 Australian Catholic University 84%
16 University of South Australia 89% 81%
17 Deakin University 89% 80%
18 Charles Darwin University 84% 81%
19 Murdoch University 89% 76%
20 Western Sydney University 87% 79%
21 University of Sydney 76% 83%
22 University of Canberra 91% 76%
23 University of Adelaide 80% 84%
24 Swinburne University of Technology 81%
25 Edith Cowan University 88% 77%
26 University of Tasmania 83% 80%
27 Macquarie University 78% 83%
28 Monash University 85% 78%
29 University of Southern Queensland 82% 79%
30 Curtin University 77% 82%
31 RMIT University 87% 75%
32 La Trobe University 81% 78%
33 Victoria University 81% 77%
34 University of Newcastle 83% 73%
35 University of Western Australia 75% 62%
36 University of Queensland 65% 71%
37 Charles Sturt University 69% 64%

Sources: Course Experience Questionnaire (2014-2015), University Experience Survey (2014-2015)

Universities are ranked by course satisfaction ratings of current students and recent graduates.

Indicative Graduate Salaries

Rank Law School Employed Studying Other Salary
1 Charles Darwin University 59% 28% 13% $63,985
2 Charles Sturt University 95% 3% 2% $63,892
3 University of New England 67% 17% 16% $60,989
4 University of New South Wales 77% 14% 9% $57,817
5 Southern Cross University 66% 21% 13% $57,248
6 University of Western Australia 59% 26% 15% $55,237
7 University of Sydney 64% 21% 15% $53,569
8 Deakin University 61% 26% 13% $52,820
9 Australian National University 60% 26% 14% $52,487
10 University of Technology Sydney 71% 13% 17% $51,931
11 Macquarie University 71% 11% 18% $51,453
12 Western Sydney University 60% 23% 17% $51,176
13 University of Canberra 57% 22% 21% $51,134
14 University of Notre Dame Australia 66% 16% 18% $50,990
15 University of Queensland 53% 35% 12% $50,585
16 University of Newcastle 70% 11% 19% $49,196
17 Murdoch University 56% 15% 29% $48,431
18 Monash University 61% 23% 17% $47,421
19 Queensland University of Technology 57% 23% 20% $46,775
20 Edith Cowan University 53% 17% 30% $45,767
21 University of Southern Queensland 56% 28% 16% $44,949
22 University of Adelaide 47% 31% 22% $44,787
23 La Trobe University 42% 36% 23% $44,474
24 Bond University 47% 38% 15% $43,484
25 Griffith University 48% 24% 27% $43,172
26 University of South Australia 51% 22% 27% $41,829
27 Victoria University 38% 35% 27% $39,255
28 Flinders University 51% 10% 40% $38,724
29 RMIT University 51% 25% 24% $36,995

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for low incomes of unemployed graduates and potential incomes of students doing postgraduate courses.

Graduate salaries generally appear higher for universities with high numbers of online and mature-age students.