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Friday, February 22, 2013

Chinese law schools: a ranking (sort of)

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I just came across a ranking of Chinese law schools, posted on the web in April 2012. The source is a book entitled "Picking a University and Selecting a Major: A Guide to Applying to the 2012 College Entrance Examination" (挑大学 选专业-2012高考志愿填报指南). I'm reprinting the list below, translated by Google Translate with a few modifications by me.

A few caveats and observations:

  1. These rankings appear to have been compiled as an individual effort of the author of the book. I have no idea what methodology he used.
  2. This doesn't exactly rank "law schools." What it ranks is "the study of law." And the study of law here is defined to include law (narrowly defined), Marxist-Leninist theory, sociology, political science, and police studies. Thus, even if you think that Peking University ought to outrank Renmin University as a law school, maybe Renmin University really does outrank Peking University in Marxist-Leninist theory by more than enough to make up the difference.
  3. Law studies at the Institute for International Relations, well known as China's spy school, don't do very well at 95th. Maybe they're putting their resources into computer science these days.
  4. In another table on the same web page you can see what people are studying these days. Not surprisingly, engineering is pretty popular (801379 graduating undergrads in 2011). What did surprise me was the comparable figures for some of the other majors: apparently the romantic types who take literature (288014) and arts (181158) still outnumber (separately; you don't even need to add them together) those who take all of the courses subsumed under "law" combined (113342).

Ranking

Grade

School Name

1

A + +

Renmin University of China

2

A + +

Beijing University

3

A + +

Wuhan University

4

A + +

Tsinghua University

5

A + +

China University of Political Science and Law

6

A + +

Jilin University

7

A + +

Fudan University

8

A + +

Southwest University of Political Science and Law

9

A + +

Nanjing University

10

A + +

Sun Yat-sen University

11

A + +

East China University of Political Science and Law

12

A +

Central China Normal University

13

A +

Beijing Normal University

14

A +

Xiamen University

15

A +

Zhongnan University

16

A +

Shandong University

17

A +

Zhejiang University

18

A +

Nankai University

19

A +

Nanjing Normal University

20

A +

Northeast Normal University

21

A +

Huazhong University of Science and Technology

22

A +

Chongqing University

23

A +

Shanghai Jiaotong University

24

A +

Suzhou University

25

A +

Sichuan University

26

A +

Northwest University of Political Science and Law

27

A

East China Normal University

28

A

Xiangtan University

29

A

Zhengzhou University

30

A

Shanghai University

31

A

Heilongjiang University

32

A

Yunnan University

33

A

Hunan University

34

A

Shanxi University

35

A

Hunan Normal University

36

A

Hebei University

37

A

South China Normal University

38

A

Foreign Affairs College

39

A

Central South University

40

A

Shenzhen University

41

A

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics

42

A

Tianjin Normal

43

A

Jinan University

44

A

Xi'an Jiaotong University

45

A

Yantai University

46

A

Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

47

A

University of International Business and Economics

48

A

Nanchang University

49

A

Liaoning University

50

A

South China University of Technology

51

A

Southwestern University

52

A

Shanghai Normal University

53

B +

Tongji University

54

B +

Capital Normal University

55

B +

Shanghai Institute of Politics

56

B +

Central University for Nationalities

57

B +

Southeast University

58

B +

Anhui Normal

59

B +

Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics

60

B +

Yangzhou University

61

B +

Central University of Finance and Economics

62

B +

Anhui University

63

B +

Central University for Nationalities

64

B +

Ningbo University

65

B +

Guangdong College of Commerce

66

B +

Lanzhou University

67

B +

China Youth Political College

68

B +

Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics

69

B +

Shenyang Normal

70

B +

Hehai University

71

B +

Shanghai International Studies University

72

B +

Hubei University

73

B +

China Agricultural University

74

B +

Zhejiang Gongshang University

75

B +

Henan University of Economics and Law

76

B +

East China University of Science and Technology

77

B +

Beijing Institute of Technology

78

B +

Henan Normal University

79

B +

Guangxi Normal

80

B +

Henan University

81

B +

Huazhong Agricultural University

82

B +

Zhejiang Normal

83

B +

Fujian Normal University

84

B +

Ocean University of China

85

B +

Changchun University of Science and Technology

86

B +

Jiangxi Normal

87

B +

Guangzhou University

88

B +

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies

89

B +

Dalian Maritime University

90

B +

Guangxi University for Nationalities

91

B +

Hebei Normal

92

B +

Hainan University

93

B +

Sichuan Normal

94

B +

Hainan Normal

95

B +

Institute of International Relations

96

B +

Northwestern University

97

B +

Jiangsu University

98

B +

Northwestern Polytechnical University

99

B +

Gansu Institute of Politics and Law

100

B +

Hunan University of Science and Technology

101

B +

Wenzhou University

102

B +

Nanjing University of Finance and Economics

103

B +

Zhejiang University of Technology

 

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