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Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Social life at Harvard - does it suck?
« on: December 11, 2006, 01:34:04 PM »
Can you elaborate more on what you mean by the campus feel? I've heard people say Y and S feel more collegiate than Harvard because of their size.

I generally keep a distinction between collegial and collegiate (though they can be interchanged sometimes).  I don't have enough information to opine on the collegial (relating as colleagues) feel among the schools.  It's possible that your statement is true, but I've found a good collegial feel here.

I do think Harvard is rather more collegiate (feeling like a college).  If I remember correctly, Yale and Stanford are each housed inside a single building.  (Columbia and NYU have several buildings, but they're spread out.)  HLS has a real campus.  It's in a college town.  They have extracurriculars (including a drama society that puts on a show each semester) and intramurals and things like that.  These were a draw for me.

Law School Admissions / Re: 180 and a high gpa?
« on: December 10, 2006, 10:15:25 PM »
of people on LSN last year with 177+/3.8+...
Harvard: rejected 1 person
Stanford: 50% accepted, 40% waitlisted (but Stanford takes a huge portion of their class from the waitlist, so it's a good shot even then)
Yale: 60% accepted, 30% waitlisted

great chances all around

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Social life at Harvard - does it suck?
« on: December 10, 2006, 10:00:38 PM »
I actually based part of my choice on the fact that Harvard would be more of an undergrad-type experience for those who want it.  as compared with its similarly-ranked schools (yale, stanford, columbia, nyu), it was the only one that really had that campus feel.  people hang out and go out together all the time.  visit, and you'll see what I mean.  it's a great place to be.

I believe a wave of LGBT CRS letters was sent out from us (and I hope we qualify as a "big name"), but I don't know how they decided who would get it.  Admits should be getting an email or phone call based on CRS or their personal statement, but none of that has started yet.

Law School Admissions / Re: Harvard 1Ls Taking Questions
« on: November 30, 2006, 11:12:05 AM »
It's really great to hear they're supportive of independent research projects like that.

I like how Harvard is branching out considerably from careers in private practice- but how far does the golden ticket go, anyway? A lot of people come out of law school and become published authors in both fiction and there any way to use law school connections (at Harvard especially) to go this route? It would be nice to know if HLS would both support such a project and help students carry through to publication (even in non-law journal sort of publications), etc.

I haven't quite gotten to that point yet, but there have been mentions of turning the research into a published book of some sort.  And I can remember at least two panels on going into publishing.  I feel confident in being supported once I figure out what written form I will take.

Law School Admissions / Re: Harvard 1Ls Taking Questions
« on: November 30, 2006, 09:12:07 AM »
Slightly off-topic, but what are the options as far as going abroad? I have read a bit on the website, but what is your perspective? Does it seem like this is a popular option - do a lot of people do it? What are the possibilities?

I can speak a little to this.  (And one big reason the 1Ls haven't said much is because it's still early for them.)  If you want to go abroad for public interest during the summer, there is extra funding for that.  If you want to go abroad during the winter term for research or a clinical, there is special funding for that.  If you want an LLM from Cambridge, there's a program for that.  If you want to study abroad for a semester, you can apply for that (though you have to apply relatively early).

I have decided to take a year off to travel and do a bit of research.  I have found faculty and staff unbelievably supportive not only in helping me do what I want, but also on making great suggestions for improvements and contacts to make.  And so far, when contacting foreign judiciary members (a number of whom are HLS JD or LLM alumni), the Harvard name has been my ambassador.

On the topic of judiciary members, just this week we have a justice from South Africa, one from Australia, and Justice Scalia.

Not that I'm applying to any of these schools, but I am curious to know how well is the representation of black LGBT population at Yale, Harvard, NYU and GTown?

we have two members on our executive board and more in the student body, but we could always improve.

if anyone ever has any questions, feel free to ask me.  and if you wanted to get another point of view, I could put you in touch with someone.

Law School Admissions / Re: Help me find safeties - 3.59 GPA and 177 LSAT
« on: October 21, 2006, 08:43:51 PM »
Harvard does seem to have raised its GPA standards, though.  I would count on being below 50% at Harvard with that GPA (yes, even with a 177), but you're about 90% for Columbia and NYU.  I would bet pretty good money that you're not flat-out rejected by any of CCN.

Hi Tom,

Maybe you won't even have to move away from Boston and subject yourself to culture shock.  My GPA was exactly yours. 

Here are my estimates:
174: Harvard
171: Columbia
170: NYU
169: Penn
167: Mich/GULC/NU

Night Court was last year's theme.  still haven't come up with this year's.  But it's a big dance party that is open to law students from all over the Boston area (so you can go if you are at BU!), and over 500 people showed up last year.

and I know several couples, including one married and one engaged (beat that, other states).  I'm not aware of "couples housing" per se, but there are people in apartments, and the hastings rooms are big enough to share.

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