Yale Law and Harvard Law drop out of US News & World Report’s annual college rankings


Widener Library at Harvard University (left) and Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University (right). Credit: Kylie Cooper

After Yale Law School and Harvard Law School removed from the US News & World Report’s annual college rankings, the Carey Law School at the University of Pennsylvania is currently assess the problem.

Spokeswoman Meredith Rovine wrote in a statement to the Daily Pennsylvanian that Penn Carey Law “applauds Yale Law and Harvard Law for their leadership in raising key questions for all law schools”, and agrees that the rankings are not holistic.

Yale Law Dean Heather Gerken cited US News’ methodology, which she called “deeply flawed,” in a statement, adding that she does not recognize schools that provide need-based aid or support working-class students. Yale Law School has consistently held the top spot since 1990, and Harvard Law School recently ranked fourth, reported the Wall Street Journal.

“Penn Carey Law has significantly increased financial aid and support for students seeking public interest careers to meet these important needs. We are evaluating this matter and evaluating a process for our own decision-making,” the statement from Gerken read.

Law school administrators at Yale and Harvard say the withdrawal could change standards for admissions decisions, financial aid distribution and student decisions in post-graduation pursuits, particularly in terms of lower-paying public service jobs, according to WSJ.

These recent withdrawals follow several years from several law schools expressing their concerns at the US News and the US News Law Dean’s Advisory Board.

Gerken also referenced increased scores for schools that offer scholarships based on LSAT score merit instead of scholarships based on financial need in the statement.

“[The rankings] not only fail to advance the legal profession, but downright impede progress,” Gerken wrote.

Harvard Law School Dean John Manning a recent email to Harvard Law School affiliates, shared many of the same sentiments as Gerken, citing concern that rankings could mislead those who read them and “create perverse incentives” for school decisions that could harm student interests and candidates.

The University of California, Berkeley Law School, most recently ranked ninth, followed Harvard and Yale’s Nov. 17 decision. Berkeley Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky said the ranking was “deeply inconsistent” with the school’s values. Chemerinsky also shared Gerken’s reasoning, taking issue with the fact that rankings incentivize the admission of high-income students.

The US News & World Report rankings recently came under intense scrutiny after Colombia University confirmed in September to have submitted incorrect data in two categories. This caused the University to skip annual rankings and fall from second place in the 18th.

Harvard and Yale did not say whether or not major universities would follow law school decisions, The Washington Post reported. A Yale spokesperson said each of Yale’s schools will have to make their own careful decisions about whether to continue attendance.

“The U.S. News algorithm significantly underestimates the money spent on student financial aid, while fully rewarding schools for every dollar spent on faculty and administrator salaries,” Penn Carey’s statement read. Law.


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