Law School Ranking

In 2015, Tsinghua Law School was ranked 39th out of all law universities around the globe according to the recently released 2015 QS World University rankings for law, the fifth year in a row Tsinghua Law School is in the top 50 worldwide. In the 2014 rankings, Tsinghua Law School is the only Mainland China law school to appear in the global top 50 and in Asia, Tsinghua is ranked fourth behind only Hong Kong University, the National University of Singapore, and the University of Tokyo.

In the 2011 QS World University Law School Rankings, Tsinghua Law School ranked 45th in the world, cracking into the world top 50. As the only law school in Mainland China to appear in the top 50, China’s Southern Weekly published a report “Tsinghua Law School Enters into World Top 50, New-Type Law School Shoulders the Reform Responsibility” on November 5, 2011 (for the article in Chinese see: http://www.infzm.com/content/64486). The following year, 2012, Tsinghua Law School entered into the top 30 for the first time with a ranking of 26th.. Although the 2013 QS World University Rankings of top universities changed its evaluation criteria, Tsinghua Law School still retained its position among the top 50 by ranking 43rd in 2013 and 44th in 2014.

Since Tsinghua Law School’s reestablishment in 1995, Tsinghua Law School has rebuilt from the ground up to become one of the most prestigious institutions for legal education not only in China and Asia but throughout the world. Through the previous 19 years’ journey, Tsinghua Law School has demonstrated its pioneering spirit on the legal education vanguard in Mainland China. Tsinghua Law School is the first law school to build an independent law school building and independent law library as well as provide all teachers with independent research rooms. Tsinghua Law School’s many other “firsts” include: developing and implementing bilingual and “bi-law” personnel training modules to train interdisciplinary talent; launching LLM and SJD programs; publishing an all-English Chinese legal academic journal edited independently by law students (Tsinghua China Law Review, http://www.tsinghuachinalawreview.org); establishing an international exchange scholarship covering all students; setting up professor chair positions with an international outlook; offering courses such as “Common Law Essentials” and all-English courses in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution as well as International Intellectual Property; and equipping all undergraduates with tutors. Right now Tsinghua Law School is building a second independent law school building. In just roughly 20 years, Tsinghua Law School has climbed to the pinnacle of training Chinese law talent, legal theory research, and legal education exchanges worldwide. Tsinghua Law School is one of the important flag-bearers of China’s legal education reform.

The rankings are compiled by the United Kingdom’s independent education evaluation agency Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), which produces annually the QS World University Rankings by subject. Since 2004, together with Times Higher Education, QS has annually ranked the top 200 universities in the world and their rankings have become one of the three university ranking standards. In 2010, QS launched its independent rankings, the QS World University Ranking. The ranking is measured by weighing several evaluation standards: peer assessment in academic area, degree of satisfaction of the students by the employers, citations of the academic achievements and high citations ratio, while integrating several elements such as research ability, quality of teaching, employment connections, facilities, degree of internationalization, innovation ability, social responsibility, and goodwill into the rankings. Due to QS World University Ranking’s strict quantitative analyses and objective third-party evaluation, the rankings have obtained the credibility of top universities and international media.