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Yale and Harvard law schools withdraw from U.S. News rankings

Both schools said the ranking system is unreliable.

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Harvard and Yale Law Schools announced on Wednesday they are withdrawing from the U.S. News and World Report rankings — arguing they were “profoundly” flawed.

Considering U.S. News’ heavy ranking of LSAT scores and GPAs, the deans of the two schools demonstrated concern about how it could disincentive students from applying — students use the rankings to select schools and colleges to attract applicants.   

For Heather Gerken, Yale Law School Dean, the rankings disincentivize programs that support public interest careers, champion need-based aid, and welcome working-class students into the profession. 

“We have reached a point where the rankings process is undermining the core commitments of the legal profession,” she said in a statement. “As a result, we will no longer participate.” 

For John Manning, Harvard Law School Dean, it had become impossible for the institution to reconcile its principles and commitments with the methodology and incentives of the U.S. News rankings. 

“It [the rankings] does not advance the best ideals of legal education or the profession we serve, and it contradicts the deeply held commitments of Harvard Law School,” he added in his statement

According to HuffPost, Yale’s law school has held the top spot in the U.S. News rankings since the company began releasing its list in 1990. Harvard has also retained a prominent place on the list and is currently 4th on the rank.  

Committed to keep releasing the rankings, it isn’t clear yet if the institutions will remain at the list.  

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