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

RankLaw SchoolSize*SatisfactionGrad salaryPoints
1University of New South Wales67787%$57,817218
2Queensland University of Technology1,68886%$46,775217
3University of New England44386%$60,989205
4Australian National University72886%$52,487195
5Griffith University1,17689%$43,172195
6Western Sydney University1,07883%$51,176194
7Southern Cross University45186%$57,248193
8Deakin University77084%$52,820191
9University of Technology Sydney56988%$51,931190
10Macquarie University95882%$51,453186
11Charles Darwin University21683%$63,985180
12Charles Sturt University1,06267%$63,892176
13University of Notre Dame Australia28091%$50,990172
14Monash University79781%$47,421161
15Bond University41290%$43,484157
16University of Sydney31683%$53,569151
17Murdoch University44983%$48,431147
18University of Adelaide65282%$44,787147
19La Trobe University72480%$44,474142
20University of Canberra22282%$51,134130
21Flinders University47087%$38,724129
22University of Newcastle34878%$49,196119
23University of South Australia29685%$41,829116
24University of Southern Queensland30481%$44,949111
25University of Western Australia37170%$55,237111
26Victoria University52379%$39,255104
27Edith Cowan University14982%$45,76796
28RMIT University43680%$36,99593
29University of Queensland29568%$50,58576

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

RankLaw SchoolGraduatesStudents
1University of the Sunshine Coast89%
2University of Notre Dame Australia87%91%
3University of Wollongong85%90%
4Bond University94%86%
5Griffith University90%86%
6CQUniversity87%
7University of Technology Sydney90%85%
8Federation University Australia86%
9University of New South Wales85%88%
10Flinders University88%84%
11Queensland University of Technology89%84%
12Southern Cross University90%82%
13Australian National University84%85%
14University of New England85%85%
15Australian Catholic University84%
16University of South Australia89%81%
17Deakin University89%80%
18Charles Darwin University84%81%
19Murdoch University89%76%
20Western Sydney University87%79%
21University of Sydney76%83%
22University of Canberra91%76%
23University of Adelaide80%84%
24Swinburne University of Technology81%
25Edith Cowan University88%77%
26University of Tasmania83%80%
27Macquarie University78%83%
28Monash University85%78%
29University of Southern Queensland82%79%
30Curtin University77%82%
31RMIT University87%75%
32La Trobe University81%78%
33Victoria University81%77%
34University of Newcastle83%73%
35University of Western Australia75%62%
36University of Queensland65%71%
37Charles Sturt University69%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

RankLaw SchoolEmployedStudyingOtherSalary
1Charles Darwin University59%28%13%$63,985
2Charles Sturt University95%3%2%$63,892
3University of New England67%17%16%$60,989
4University of New South Wales77%14%9%$57,817
5Southern Cross University66%21%13%$57,248
6University of Western Australia59%26%15%$55,237
7University of Sydney64%21%15%$53,569
8Deakin University61%26%13%$52,820
9Australian National University60%26%14%$52,487
10University of Technology Sydney71%13%17%$51,931
11Macquarie University71%11%18%$51,453
12Western Sydney University60%23%17%$51,176
13University of Canberra57%22%21%$51,134
14University of Notre Dame Australia66%16%18%$50,990
15University of Queensland53%35%12%$50,585
16University of Newcastle70%11%19%$49,196
17Murdoch University56%15%29%$48,431
18Monash University61%23%17%$47,421
19Queensland University of Technology57%23%20%$46,775
20Edith Cowan University53%17%30%$45,767
21University of Southern Queensland56%28%16%$44,949
22University of Adelaide47%31%22%$44,787
23La Trobe University42%36%23%$44,474
24Bond University47%38%15%$43,484
25Griffith University48%24%27%$43,172
26University of South Australia51%22%27%$41,829
27Victoria University38%35%27%$39,255
28Flinders University51%10%40%$38,724
29RMIT University51%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.