O P Jindal Global University, Sonipat

Jindal Global Law School ranks 70th globally, No.1 in India

April 6, 2022

Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) of OP Jindal Global University (JGU) has retained the No.1 position in India while its global ranking this year improved to 70th, a jump of six places from 2021, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject (Law) 2022. There is no other Indian law school including none of the National Law Schools that have been able to find any place in the top 75 law schools in these prestigious global rankings. 

Overall, the 2022 QS World University Rankings by Subject analysed over 14.7 million unique papers, producing close to 96 million citations. A total of 1,543 institutions were ranked across 51 subjects in five broad subject areas, creating over 17,700 ranked entries.

For law, QS ranked a total of 340 law schools after evaluating 1,118 institutions in the world in 2022.

Reacting to this, Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor, OP Jindal Global University, said, “Congratulations to Jindal Global Law School for once again being ranked for the third year consecutively as India’s Number 1 Law School. The improvement in the global ranking of Jindal Global Law School this year goes on to prove that the spirit of excellence with which it was established 12 years ago remains undiminished even in the face of numerous challenges associated with the global pandemic. This has only been possible due to the relentless efforts of the university’s leadership and management team, outstanding works of our distinguished faculty members and the hard work of our students. It’s the commitment to the greater good that continuously inspires JGLS to scale new heights in academic excellence, legal training and research. To see the name of an Indian university among the 70 best law schools in the world is a matter of immense pride for all of us. I congratulate our Vice-Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, and each member of the broader JGU community, including its faculty, students and staff for making it happen. I would also like to thank all the partner institutions in the world which have collaborated with JGU to create unprecedented opportunities for our students.”

To produce the rankings by subject, QS primarily considers academic reputation, employer reputation, citations and h-index, an index that attempts to measure the stability of impact and quality of the work published by the institution’s scholars. 

JGLS scored 77.9 in academic reputation, 79.3 in employer reputation, 60.3 in citations, and 45.4 in h-index, leading to a total score of 72.6 which helped the No.1 law school in India to secure the 70th position globally.

On reaching this important milestone, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University, said, “The rise of JGLS to the 70th position among the world’s top law schools in a span of just 12 years bears tremendous significance as it marks the emergence of India as an important destination for pursuing legal education of global standards and conducting cutting-edge research. Even during the testing times of the Covid-19 pandemic, JGU has not only shown its resilience but has also continued its mission of expanding opportunities for students through interdisciplinary learning, world-class faculty and global collaborations. One of the major factors that has propelled JGLS to the 70th position in the world in the prestigious QS World University Rankings is the quality of research produced by the faculty members. It is heartening to note that during 2020-21, JGLS faculty members produced over 300+ academic research publications, of which 280+ are indexed in Scopus, which is the largest database of peer-reviewed literature in the world,” he said. 

Starting its journey with 10 faculty members and 100 students in 2009, JGLS today has nearly 5,000 students and 500 faculty members. It offers a range of undergraduate, post-graduate, masters’ and doctoral degrees in law, jurisprudence and legal studies. To offer the best international learning experience to its students, JGLS has forged international collaborations with over 250 leading law schools/universities in the world.

Reflecting on JGU’s achievements, Dr. Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director, Middle East, Africa & South Asia, QS Quacquarelli Symonds observed, “It is a moment of immense pride and glory for India to have O.P. Jindal Global University rise to rank 70th in the world and 1st in India in our 2022 edition of QS World University Rankings by Subject. As the saying goes – Age is no barrier, but a limitation you put in your mind; and this aptly says a lot about JGU achieving great heights in just its 12 years of existence. QS evaluated over 1118 institutions for law globally and ranked 340 of them, making it a very exclusive and elite list of top law schools of the world. My congratulations to all at JGU and a special mention to Prof C Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, for his stellar efforts for envisioning and working towards a building a world-class institution in India.”

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