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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Stanford or Harvard
« on: May 31, 2006, 05:21:11 PM »
my two cents:  if it is important to you to use your law school experience to figure out what you want to do, i would say go with harvard. by design, since it is a much larger school, the breadth and depth of choices, i would argue, are better than stanford. moreover, harvard is part of a much more 'plugged in' environment, with events at the kennedy school of government, business school and other schools contributing to a bit more vibrant community that allow the breadth of exploration (e.g. speakers and guest lecturers are more willing to go to harvard vs. stanford which is a out of the way). its definitely not the touchy feely customized feel of stanford, and that's not good or bad, just different.

stanford is awesome in IP and comparative law, and superawesome for people interested in technology and silicon valley - and obviously an awesome school in general. i don't buy the 'weather is so nice' argument - if you made your choice on that alone, then i would seriously question your decision making framework...

in sum: these are two very different schools, so go with what feels right and least risky for your preferences. i do have to say that if you don't have a harvard degree as an undergrad (or other harvard grad school), the harvard brand and network can't be beat whatever your interest or field of career might be post-graduation....


booboo, did you just get off the waitlist today? how did it happen? a phonecall?

An admission officeer called yesterday.


class size, climate/location (proximity to cities of very different cultures), campus feel, class dynamic (harder to know).

are you really ambivalent abt all these things?

No I'm not ambivalent on everything but I don't know what outweighs the other. I hate east coast weather but am worried that Stanford will be very insular and lacking in cultural diversity. The class size of both schools is a good and bad thing. Harvard is big so more people to choose from, if you can't stand one person, there's 549 other people, but its so big, I worry about being anonymous and missing out on the whole intimate law school experience. On the other hand, Stanford would be intimate and I'd know everyone but then again the bad news is that I'd know everyone.

Also I'm not sure what type of law I want to pursue,(I know for sure that I don't want to do corporate law) and I wonder which is the better place to go if you're not certain what you want to do.

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Wait List / Re: stanford
« on: May 30, 2006, 09:09:18 PM »
grrrrr.....i guess i won't freak out over the waitlist yet since no one seems to have gotten in. i'm headed to chicago if stanford doesn't pan out, but i want to practice in california so stanford is my first choice until chicago starts demanding huge quantities of money. also, my mom and granddad went to stanford for undergrad; i stuck them in my letter of continuing interest in case it makes any difference at all, which is probably doubtful at this point.

good luck to everyone!

wow, its frustrating to see that (at least from this list and LSN) stanford has not given out any wait list admissions...anyone have inside knowledge on what's going on with them? any predictions on when they might start calling?

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Reviews, Visits, and Rankings / Yale and International Law...?
« on: February 02, 2005, 09:36:08 AM »
just curious...i know that with harold koh as new dean of yale, he had three priorities--international, public service and law as practice. 

for those of you already accepted into yale, i was wondering how much of your application really reflected these three priorities (especially interest in int'l law)...and how much of your acceptance you feel was owed to them?

...or...was it still just a numbers game...?

anyone have thoughts on this?   ???

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