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As the Supreme Court considers removing affirmative action from the university admissions process, both Harvard and Yale law schools this week announced they were exiting ranking by the US News & World Report, which would reduce the elite colleges’ reliance on merit-based LSAT scores for admissions.
According to the Wall Street Journal, “This sounds like cover for a desire by Yale to be free to admit students with lower test scores in service to diversity, but without taking a hit to its exclusive reputation.”
Vivek Ramaswamy wrote on Twitter, “Yale and Harvard are actively preparing for the Supreme Court to strike down affirmative action: they are de-emphasizing test scores and GPAs, likely as a backdoor mechanism that gives them more wiggle room to achieve ‘diversity’ at the expense of merit.”
Yale Law Dean Gerken said, “Today, 20 percent of a law school’s overall ranking is median LSAT/GRE scores and GPAs. While academic scores are an important tool, they don’t always capture the full measure of an applicant. This heavily weighted metric imposes tremendous pressure on schools to overlook promising students, especially those who cannot afford expensive test preparation courses.”
The Wall Street Journal called the LSAT a merit-based “equalizer,” and wrote that “for the price of a prep book, a low- or middle-income applicant can use an excellent score to compete with thousands of affluent applicants with polished resumes or connections.”
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