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Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Stanford ASW go Go GO!
« on: April 24, 2007, 05:10:50 PM »
We could have. I don't really remember what I was wearing or anything but if you met someone who was asking a lot of questions about deferring and getting jobs in Seattle that was probably me. Did you meet anyone who will be in my class (2011)?

I can't remember the details, but I think I met you at the Stanford ASW (unless there is someone else looking to defer and planning on working in Seattle after law school).  So Harvard is out of the picture?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Stanford ASW go Go GO!
« on: April 18, 2007, 11:49:33 AM »
I agree with Anne Shirley-- Stanford definitely felt more welcoming, close-knit, and embracing of diversity.  The ASW really played to the school's strengths: community, location, and quality of life.

Of the HYS bunch, Stanford is probably the least well-known as an academic powerhouse, but it's still a great school. Attending SLS won't shut you out of clerkships, academia, or biglaw.  The clinical programs are excellent, and opportunities in corporate law, finance, and business are outstanding because of the location and specializations.  I suspect that, because many of the students are firm-bound, grades are not as much of an issue at SLS.  Most students do a lot of stuff (and also downplay their achievements and activities), but there seem to be fewer gunners than at HY.

Personally, I like the idea of knowing everyone in law school and having a sense of community.  When I visited Harvard, the law students I met and saw didn't seem as friendly or as happy.  At Harkness Commons, for example, pretty much all of them ignored the admits and did their own thing, and most people ate alone at their tables.  Even at the HLS student fairs, the students didn't seem as approachable.  At a few tables, I stood around for 3-5 minutes waiting while the people staffing the booths ignored me entirely to talk to other people.

In contrast, at Stanford, a lot of law students made an effort to get to know admits.  On minority preview day, students took admits to a bar/lounge; on Saturday, a lot of law students showed up for bowling, and I even got to go clubbing with the Outlaw group.  When I mentioned that a former co-worker is now a 2L at Stanford, one of the law students ran off and got him for me.  On Sunday, I had dinner with next year's student body presidents (both double minorities).  More so than Harvard (which had lots of presentations by faculty), Stanford focused on students and alumni, and their Stanford Law experiences.

There are probably a lot of people for whom quality of life is less important than academic/professional opportunities, and if that's the case, HY are most probably better choices.  Dean Koh, for one, seems to think that people who choose law schools based on weather, relationships, geography, convenience or other similar concerns deserve what they get.  But I think that QOL is pretty important to the overall law school experience with regards to the relationships we build with classmates and professors, our academic success, mental well-being, etc.

I'm not committed to Stanford yet, but I think that if I do attend (based on the relationships, geography, convenience and other reasons), I will be really really happy there.

A slightly tangential plug from Stanford: next year's SLS student body co-presidents are both gay, and one is a black lesbian.  I didn't know this, but apparently, quite a number of the women in the Stanford Law administration are also LGBT.

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Stanford ASW go Go GO!
« on: April 14, 2007, 12:43:01 AM »
I signed on quickly to say - Stanford's absolutely amazing. Everyone's just so darn happy 8)

I agree!  This is my favorite ASW so far. There is a really sense of community here.  :)

is harvard law a happy place to be queer?

You should talk to absy, our resident gay HLS troll.  IMO, it seems like a great place to be queer, since Boston is pretty open, liberal place and Harvard Law has a fairly sizable gay population.  I brought my bf to admit weekend, and everyone was cool with it.

Is Stanford no longer in the running for you??

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Stanford ASW go Go GO!
« on: April 12, 2007, 10:44:03 AM »
So are we going to organize a meet time?

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: Stanford ASW go Go GO!
« on: April 09, 2007, 10:19:48 PM »
I'll be at the Stanford ASW for sure!

Financial Aid / Re: Anyone heard from CLS finaid?
« on: April 05, 2007, 05:43:42 PM »
Got my award today!  (i was told last week by one of the fin aid ppl at the ASW that i'd prolly get it today too since i live so close)

$37,500 over 3 years: 15/15/7.5

i'm very pleased.

fwiw, i faxed over my UVa award on Mon.  i had a note written that it was taken into consideration.

Congratulations, MCB!  So is Columbia the clear front-runner at the moment?

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Stanford v. Harvard
« on: April 03, 2007, 09:36:29 AM »
Tag.  I'm definitely leaning towards Stanford:

- I live in the Bay Area and it would be much easier to stay here for law school than relocate myself and my boyfriend to the East Coast.  I also want to practice in the Bay Area after graduation.
- I'm not particularly interested in academia.
- It's too cold in Boston/New Haven.
- I love the laid-back atmosphere at Stanford
- Stanford gave me significantly more $$ than Harvard or Yale

I don't know if it's a widespread practice, but Stanford Law students are allowed to serve as TAs.  One of the political sciences classes I took as an undergraduate had a 2L as TA.

Anyone going to Penn on April 5th, or is everybody bolting for Michigan?

Not going to Penn's Preview because I went to their ASW but I have Penn above Michigan right now.

WTF---The michigan crew is dropping like flies... :(!!!!!!!!!!!!

Have you pretty much decided on Michigan, bouzie?

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