Education

Save Us From the Ivy League Oligarchy

You didn't go to Harvard or Yale law? Good luck making it onto the Supreme Court.

Congratulations, Harvard law grads, you did it!

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The late Justice Antonin Scalia argued last year that there was something wrong with having a Supreme Court composed entirely of people who had studied at Harvard and Yale law schools. You may disagree with the larger point he was making -- the observation was part of his dissent to the court’s landmark same-sex marriage decision -- but you’ve got to admit that it’s pretty weird that the members of the nation’s highest judicial body are drawn from only two schools. (Ruth Bader Ginsburg got her law degree from Columbia, but spent two of her three law-school years at Harvard.)

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