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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Letter from Dean Kagan (Harvard)
« on: February 23, 2006, 05:09:03 AM »
Got it as well. I must say that Harvard does this recruiting thing better than anywhere else. I actually feel wanted by them ...

Great thread, all. I wish I was in the exact same situation, but not quite.

Does anybody know anything about the Pierce scholarship at Columbia? It offers a full ride plus 15K/yr stipend. I was invited to interview for it with my Columbia acceptance. Ironically, I had a very human rightsy application and the Pierce says it is aimed at people who want to work in the private sector, which makes me wonder why they picked me.

I have two theories: One is that Columbia just gives this scholarship to people who they think will get into HYS, and the other is that it is actually aimed at ppl who want to work in the private sector. Anyone have knowledge/thoughts? I am interviewing for it next Friday at Skadden Arps in NYC, and thinking about how to prepare.

In any event, if I got this, I would have to lean towards Columbia over Harvard. (haven't heard yet from Yale, but the same thought applies) Although the thought of the LRAPs would be interesting. I'm not sure yet exactly where my career path will lead.

Also: does absy work for Harvard? It seems just like them to have someone on these boards inserting pro-Harvard commentary. Not that that's a bad thing...

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Money matters (or does it?)
« on: February 16, 2006, 11:57:03 AM »
Most of the discussion on this topic has been on schools with significantly different reputations.

I'm wondering what the difference in salaries and job prospects would be among NYU, Columbia, and Harvard.  If I am primarily interested in maximizing my net worth over the next 15 years, the best option would seem to be to go with the school that offers me the most money or the highest rank if none offer me money, since the differentiation among the schools can't be that high.

However, if I went to NYU I would hate to be passed up for partner 7 years after graduation in favor of someone from Harvard just because of their brand.

I discussed this very issue with a partner at a large law firm who went to Harvard Law. She assured me that no firm limits their partners to just Harvard and Yale. According to her, Columbia, NYU, Stanford, and Chicago are all very well respected, and someone who went to one of those schools would not suffer at any firm. She added that Columbia and NYU in particular might actually be better than other schools for the purpose of working at a firm because they don't have an overly academic/theoretical reputation and they are situated in the legal capital of the world, NYC. You might make more contacts while a student there than elsewhere.

Outside of the top 6, reputations do drop significantly. It would make less sense to go to, say, Georgetown over Chicago just because Georgetown offered you a lot more money. In such a case, the ranking makes a difference.

I've heard many people mention the idea of this, but no one who has actually done it.

I've been accepted into Columbia, NYU, Harvard. Still waiting to hear from Yale. Is it possible/advisable to use my Harvard admission (and/or Yale, should the gods smile one me) to leverage more aid from the New York schools?

If I do so, what is the best way to go about doing it? It seems a bit crass to send an email saying "give me money, or I'll go to a higher-ranked school," but that is the basic message that needs to get across.


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