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Yale Quits Rankings


Yale Law School announced yesterday it would no longer participate in the US News & World Report's annual law school rankings, a list it has topped every year since the rankings began. Dean Heather Gerken argued the rankings discourage support for low-income students and those pursuing public service careers. Later in the day, Harvard Law made a similar announcement.

The announcements are the latest challenge to the credibility of the popular rankings, which for years have served as the premier guide for prospective college students. Its methodology weighs various factors, including the school's retention rate, standardized test scores, and reputation (see method), but no audit process exists to ensure school information is accurate.

Schools often invest significant resources to receive a high rank. In September, Columbia University—consistently near the top in recent years—acknowledged it submitted inaccurate data to the rankings after one of its professors spoke out. A similar scheme at Temple University in 2018 resulted in a professor serving a year in jail.

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