Ivy League Law and Legal Definition

The Ivy League is group of eight private institutions of higher education in the Northeastern U.S. The term also denotes academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism. The institutions have a reputation for scholastic achievement and social prestige. The eights institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth University, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. The universities are named for the ivy plants traditionally covering their older buildings. Ivy league institutions are also called Ancient Eight.