In an extraordinary achievement for O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) has entered the Top 100 Law Schools of the World in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 released in March. JGLS, established in 2009, is now ranked as the Number 1 law school in India and South Asia, Number 8 in the entire BRICS region and Number 76 in the world. JGLS is also the only Indian law school to feature in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.
To produce the rankings for this year, QS analysed close to 14 million unique scholarly papers, producing more than 80 million citations. In all, 1453 institutions were ranked across 51 subjects in 5 broad subject areas (including social sciences that includes law), creating over 16,981 published entries. These figures reflect the scale behind the huge undertaking that QS had carried out to produce the 2021 subject rankings.
Despite severe national and international competition, JGLS scored very high in the subject area of law. Last year, JGLS was ranked in the 100-150 category in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020 in law. With a Rank of 76 in 2021, JGLS has accomplished a highly impressive upswing in the global rankings. This was driven by a 10% jump in the JGLS’s academic reputation, a 45% jump in citations and a 25% jump in the H-Index. In ‘Employer Reputation’, JGLS is Ranked 33 in the world, and in ‘Academic Reputation’, JGLS is Ranked 58 in the world. These two reputation parameters are measured through a global survey of employers and scholars/academicians respectively. It means JGLS graduates are making their mark among various employers including law firms, corporations, academia, litigation, research institutions, civil society organisations, NGOs and many others.
Across 51 subjects, 177 institutions were considered from India, which is the fourth highest in the world after the US (508), China (200) and France (197). Several Indian universities and higher education institutions have embraced the QS Rankings, and the competition among institutions both within India and in the world is growing consistently to find a place in these rankings. There were more institutions from India competing for a spot in the 2021 subject rankings of QS than from the UK (172), Germany (135), Japan (129), South Korea (112) and Brazil (98).
In the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 in law, the top 5 positions continue to be held by Harvard University (1st rank in the world), followed by the University of Oxford (2nd rank); University of Cambridge (3rd rank); Yale University (4th rank); and Stanford University (5th rank).
QS World University Rankings in law subject area measures the global relevance of institutions, specifically in research in law along with reputation of institutions as perceived by the academic community and employers. The methodology is subject-sensitive and looks at universities or institutions that have a strong focus in law. Hence, only the best 320 law schools globally made it to the list this year. Out of the 51 subjects, 28 subjects had significantly fewer competing institutions compared to law. This year, the number of institutions published by QS in law (which stands at 320) is 7% higher compared to last year. Despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 in the previous year, the number of institutions (1,453 in total) competing for a position in any subject area in the 2021 rankings is 6% higher compared to 2020.
The sheer number of law schools in the world that were considered for these rankings (976 in total) is substantially more than some other subject areas including Nursing (667), Anthropology (497), Anatomy (707), Politics (329), Philosophy (337), History (732), Development Studies (684) and Sports (643), a fact which highlights the competition among law schools around the world.
JGU scored in 9 subjects within two broad areas of social science & management (7 out of 9) and arts & humanities (2 out of 9) that are defined by the QS. These 9 subjects include Business & Management Studies, Economics, Law, Social Policy, Sociology, Art & Design and Performing Arts. Overall, JGU’s score in academic reputation in ‘Social Sciences’ increased by 10%.
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