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I think it depends on each school, but I would just go ahead and send extra stuff if you feel it is appropriate.  You can also e-mail the admissions office if you want confirmation.

I sent a statement of purpose to all of the schools I applied to (in addition to a personal statement, resume, and diversity statement), and have not had any problems yet.

Law School Admissions / Re: Harvard March ASW Roll Call
« on: January 24, 2007, 09:21:35 AM »
I haven't worked out the details, but I plan on being there for the March ASW.

Law School Admissions / Re: NYU reputation
« on: January 23, 2007, 04:47:19 PM »
Both. :) 

I am indeed becoming somewhat trollish, but I do think that Stanford is a great school.  Clearly, Yale has its advantages, but I would agree with the above poster who put it as Yale > Harvard/Stanford.

Law School Admissions / Re: NYU reputation
« on: January 23, 2007, 02:43:46 PM »
I was wondering what NYU's reputation is like in the legal community. How is it considered relative to the HYS? Columbia? Chicago?

Is there anything they specialize in.

The consensus seems to be


check xoxo for some of this stuff...i must say, they have more substantive things on this topic.

Whose consensus is this?  I also would not put HLS/YLS above SLS.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Harvard or Stanford?
« on: January 23, 2007, 02:35:42 PM »
It would be nice to diversify for life experience as well as for the connections and the stanford-harvard thing. mike, when did you graduate? I'm '07. It really is great here...

I was '04.  I agree--it's a great place to be!

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Harvard or Stanford?
« on: January 23, 2007, 02:34:31 PM »
Is Stanford really the unpopular choice? I chose Stanford without hesitation for undergrad (that's not exactly true. Applied early, but confident I would've made Harvard) and am genuinely stuck here. What % of SLS students got into HLS and vice versa? I guess that isn't a valid comparison, but still.

Percentage-wise, SLS has a lower yield than HLS.  But I think that percentage is misleading, since SLS has a much smaller class size.  Both schools lose a large number of admits to YLS.

I guess you could check LSN to see which SLS students got into HLS, etc., but I don't think there is an official count anywhere.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Harvard or Stanford?
« on: January 23, 2007, 01:31:55 PM »
I am also making the same choice, as a Stanford alum currently living in the Bay Area.  I will probably be choosing SLS, because of location, reputation, student atmosphere, etc.  I want to practice in California after graduation, and it doesn't make much sense to relocate all the way to Cambridge (or New Haven) just so that I can come back to work in the Bay Area.  My SO is also here in the Bay Area, which is another deciding factor.

I think you should consider what reasons you have for attending SLS/HLS, or law school in general.  What kind of law do you want to practice?  Where do you want to work? 

Diversity of schools may be nice, but you won't lose anything by sticking around at Stanford for another three years.

BTW, congratulations on your acceptances!!!

Law School Admissions / Re: Year off
« on: January 22, 2007, 04:55:38 PM »
I am currently in the middle of my third year off, and I'm loving it.  Having a job and living independently are very different from being in college, and it's an overall great learning experience.  I've also used the time to develop some professional relations, explore my career interests (in law and otherwise), get a great letter of recommendation from my boss, and prepare a strong law school application.  I highly recommend the gap year.

Is this the LSNer who was waitlisted at Harvard and rejected by Yale?  I hate to pull an ad hominem, but maybe some of her attraction to YLS is that she didn't get in?  Or, it might be a case of the grass being greener elsewhere...

Interesting.  Did this student qualify or explain why she believes Yale is marginally better than Stanford?  I think within HYS, trying to find the differences in reputation and career opportunities is like splitting hairs, except perhaps for certain fields like academia.

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