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A significant distinction for NKUA’s School of Law according to QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

For the seventh consecutive year, the School of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens ranked among the top Law Schools worldwide. More specifically, according to the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) World University Rankings by Subject, published on March 22, 2023, our University’s Law School ranked in the 301-350 bracket globally. Nationwide, it ranked joint first with the Faculty of Law of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

QS rankings use peer review data from researchers, academics, and employers. They also consider the number of citations and the impact of the published work of each School’s or Department’s members of faculty and researchers. More specifically, QS scores four criteria-indicators, each having a different weighting applied. These criteria, as well as the weighting used for Law & Legal Studies for 2023, are as follows:

  1. Academic Reputation (50%). This indicator draws from the survey responses of academics from various specialties. Respondents name 30 Universities in their area of expertise, their affiliated Institutions excluded. Between 2018 and 2022, QS collected votes from over 130,000 academics worldwide.
  2. Employer Reputation (30%). This indicator, like the preceding one, is based on survey responses, but the respondents, in this case, are the employers of University graduates. Over 75,000 global employers’ responses were collected between 2018 and 2022, giving QS access to rich hiring levels data. Employers from every sector of the economy have participated in the poll, including Facebook, Google, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and others.
  3. Citations per Paper (5%). The total number of citations received by papers on the subject in question over the past five years divided by the total number of faculty members and researchers who published those papers yields the score for this indicator. Elsevier’s Scopus is the source of all citation data.
  4. H-index (15%).The H-index measures both the productivity and impact of the work published by a scientist or scholar. The set of the academic’s most cited papers and the number of citations they have received in others’ publications form the basis of this indicator.

Table 1: The rank and score of NKUA’s School of Law over four indicators according to QS World University Rankings by Subject

Year Global RankAcademic ReputationEmployer ReputationCitations per PaperH-indexOverall Score

Source: QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) Website and Reports

Table 1 shows the rank and score of NKUA’s School of Law over the indicators presented above for 2023. It is important to note that a University can achieve a maximum overall score of 100.

At the top of QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 for Law & Legal Studies is the American Harvard University (1st place), with the British Universities of Oxford (2nd place) and Cambridge (3rd place) following. Two other American Universities, namely Yale (4th place) and Stanford (5th place), round out the top 5.

We warmly congratulate all members of our Law School’s academic community. This distinction joins the many others the School has received in recent years, all reflecting the excellent and multi-faceted work at the School of Law of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Thanos Dimopoulos

Rector of NKUA

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