Law School Discussion

Nine Years of Discussion
;

Author Topic: Who here is in at HYS? How are you deciding?  (Read 8979 times)

dashrashi

  • Sr. Citizen
  • ****
  • Posts: 3601
    • View Profile
    • LSN
Re: Who here is in at HYS? How are you deciding?
« Reply #100 on: February 13, 2007, 03:32:09 PM »
that's why i'm in love with the size of harvard

That's what she said!


Also, my school also has a Pass/Fail for first semester system which I can say saved my chances of getting into a top law school (my gpa would have suffered pretty significantly were it not for that policy), but I do feel well prepared for the rigors of law school and think that I'll be fine immersing myself in a graded environment immediately.  Besides, everyone from HYS gets amazing jobs, regardless of their position.  This helps mitigate the advantages of having a HP/P/LP/F system or something similar like they have at Yale (and Berkeley).

i would love to have that sort of confidence but i don't know why i'm worried about being the stupidest person at harvard. of course, that would also translate to being the stupidest person at yale, but i'm okay with being stupid with passes instead of being stupid with C's. i am aware this is entirely irrational.

does yale have dorms? and -- silly question alert! -- can i paint them? [i am serious -- i'm particular about environment]

the small class size scares me because i've never really been in a *tiny* environment -- my high school was about 560 a class, and UG is about 1100 a class (which still feels tiny sometimes, because everyone knows everyone else's business). i can't imagine going to such a tiny place, particularly in light of the commentary that law school is sort of like high school all over again. "tight, close-knit community" can translate into "ohmygod, leave me alone you crazy people" pretty quickly (you know, sort of like family).

do you think there's a huge difference in terms of social environment at Y v H? i don't know why i have this picture of yalies diligently poring over books and having philosophical conversations over tea, while harvard kids are like staging a coup and getting into arguments. intellectuals vs. movers-and-shakers, i guess? i don't know.



Yale has some dorms, but this has apparently been a problem in the past (not enough of them it seems). When all the UG college renovations are done (EDIT: not for a while yet--three years at least and probably more like 5-7), the current Swing Space dorm is set to turn into law school dorms.

There's also some grad student housing but it's pretty crappy from what I understand.

I feel you on the paint, but I don't think it's possible on campus or in the affiliated housing. They are picky as *&^% about thumbtacks; painting my room aqua was a no-go (the exception is if the building is slated for imminent renovation, which I don't think any grad housing is).

I'd say your best bet is to live off campus. It's super cheap, and I made my room last year look like the inside of a swimming pool. Wonderful for my state of mind.

Alternatively, go to Harvard.  ;)
This sig kills fascists.

http://lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?user=dashrashi

Saw dashrashi's LSN site. Since she seems to use profanity, one could say that HYP does not necessarily mean class or refinement.

Steve.jd

  • LSD Obsessed
  • *****
  • Posts: 5313
  • I'm edumacated now, still not photogenic though
    • View Profile
Re: Who here is in at HYS? How are you deciding?
« Reply #101 on: February 13, 2007, 03:34:15 PM »
Also, Harvard's buildings are significantly uglier than Y or S.  There are some gorgeous onces, but overall, there's just no cohesion.  Having said that, we do have a tons of them and our own campus, which I prefer to a single building. Still, if our buildings were people, you'd definitely regret sleeping with them as you walked home in the morning.

FWIW I thought the buildings at SLS weren't that great - reminded me of taco bell style architecture.

Although the main Stanford campus is gorgeous.
HLS '09

Catherine Morland

  • Sr. Citizen
  • ****
  • Posts: 711
  • the improvement of her mind by extensive reading
    • View Profile
Re: Who here is in at HYS? How are you deciding?
« Reply #102 on: February 13, 2007, 04:21:42 PM »
that's why i'm in love with the size of harvard

That's what she said!


Also, my school also has a Pass/Fail for first semester system which I can say saved my chances of getting into a top law school (my gpa would have suffered pretty significantly were it not for that policy), but I do feel well prepared for the rigors of law school and think that I'll be fine immersing myself in a graded environment immediately.  Besides, everyone from HYS gets amazing jobs, regardless of their position.  This helps mitigate the advantages of having a HP/P/LP/F system or something similar like they have at Yale (and Berkeley).

i would love to have that sort of confidence but i don't know why i'm worried about being the stupidest person at harvard. of course, that would also translate to being the stupidest person at yale, but i'm okay with being stupid with passes instead of being stupid with C's. i am aware this is entirely irrational.

does yale have dorms? and -- silly question alert! -- can i paint them? [i am serious -- i'm particular about environment]

the small class size scares me because i've never really been in a *tiny* environment -- my high school was about 560 a class, and UG is about 1100 a class (which still feels tiny sometimes, because everyone knows everyone else's business). i can't imagine going to such a tiny place, particularly in light of the commentary that law school is sort of like high school all over again. "tight, close-knit community" can translate into "ohmygod, leave me alone you crazy people" pretty quickly (you know, sort of like family).

do you think there's a huge difference in terms of social environment at Y v H? i don't know why i have this picture of yalies diligently poring over books and having philosophical conversations over tea, while harvard kids are like staging a coup and getting into arguments. intellectuals vs. movers-and-shakers, i guess? i don't know.



If I remember correctly, the dorm rooms at Yale are absolutely amazing.  The social experience at Yale is probably comparable to that of HLS, though there's probably less diversity of opinion, as Yale as a reputation for being highly liberal (which is clearly either a liability or an asset depending on your viewpoint).

I heard that there are only about 15 amazing dorms at Yale available to 1Ls.  And perhaps even fewer this year.  Not exaggerating.

The Housing information in the admit folder mentioned that there won't be any dorms available next year.
0102 SLY

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. - Jane Austen

Denny Crane

  • LSD Obsessed
  • *****
  • Posts: 5383
  • Where's my Shirley Schmidt-ho?
    • View Profile
Re: Who here is in at HYS? How are you deciding?
« Reply #103 on: February 13, 2007, 04:23:32 PM »
that's why i'm in love with the size of harvard

That's what she said!


Also, my school also has a Pass/Fail for first semester system which I can say saved my chances of getting into a top law school (my gpa would have suffered pretty significantly were it not for that policy), but I do feel well prepared for the rigors of law school and think that I'll be fine immersing myself in a graded environment immediately.  Besides, everyone from HYS gets amazing jobs, regardless of their position.  This helps mitigate the advantages of having a HP/P/LP/F system or something similar like they have at Yale (and Berkeley).

i would love to have that sort of confidence but i don't know why i'm worried about being the stupidest person at harvard. of course, that would also translate to being the stupidest person at yale, but i'm okay with being stupid with passes instead of being stupid with C's. i am aware this is entirely irrational.

does yale have dorms? and -- silly question alert! -- can i paint them? [i am serious -- i'm particular about environment]

the small class size scares me because i've never really been in a *tiny* environment -- my high school was about 560 a class, and UG is about 1100 a class (which still feels tiny sometimes, because everyone knows everyone else's business). i can't imagine going to such a tiny place, particularly in light of the commentary that law school is sort of like high school all over again. "tight, close-knit community" can translate into "ohmygod, leave me alone you crazy people" pretty quickly (you know, sort of like family).

do you think there's a huge difference in terms of social environment at Y v H? i don't know why i have this picture of yalies diligently poring over books and having philosophical conversations over tea, while harvard kids are like staging a coup and getting into arguments. intellectuals vs. movers-and-shakers, i guess? i don't know.



If I remember correctly, the dorm rooms at Yale are absolutely amazing.  The social experience at Yale is probably comparable to that of HLS, though there's probably less diversity of opinion, as Yale as a reputation for being highly liberal (which is clearly either a liability or an asset depending on your viewpoint).

I heard that there are only about 15 amazing dorms at Yale available to 1Ls.  And perhaps even fewer this year.  Not exaggerating.

The Housing information in the admit folder mentioned that there won't be any dorms available next year.

That blows, not that it matters for me!
Yale.Law.School.2010

Catherine Morland

  • Sr. Citizen
  • ****
  • Posts: 711
  • the improvement of her mind by extensive reading
    • View Profile
Re: Who here is in at HYS? How are you deciding?
« Reply #104 on: February 13, 2007, 04:29:55 PM »
I'm ready for an apartment and a kitchen. There are also seem to be a ton of apartment complexes within 10-15 minute walking distance from campus. It probably won't be much of a change since 560/600 law students live off campus each year anyway.
0102 SLY

The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid. - Jane Austen

dashrashi

  • Sr. Citizen
  • ****
  • Posts: 3601
    • View Profile
    • LSN
Re: Who here is in at HYS? How are you deciding?
« Reply #105 on: February 13, 2007, 04:34:54 PM »
Lots of apt buildings/complexes, some nice old houses that have been split up into units, and if you are willing to take the shuttle, it opens up the whole area past the Divinity school, which is very family friendly. Except for the whole "New Haven is a little bit of a pit" thing, it's a great school to live off campus.
This sig kills fascists.

http://lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?user=dashrashi

Saw dashrashi's LSN site. Since she seems to use profanity, one could say that HYP does not necessarily mean class or refinement.

lovelyavocado

  • Sr. Citizen
  • ****
  • Posts: 169
    • View Profile
Re: Who here is in at HYS? How are you deciding?
« Reply #106 on: February 13, 2007, 04:43:30 PM »
hmm. are there certain apartments where the law students tend to go in terms of housing? i actually like living with fellow students, and the dorm thing (as much as others hate it) really appealed to me at harvard because i like having people around all the freaking time.

i had no idea about the yale housing thing.

Denny Crane

  • LSD Obsessed
  • *****
  • Posts: 5383
  • Where's my Shirley Schmidt-ho?
    • View Profile
Re: Who here is in at HYS? How are you deciding?
« Reply #107 on: February 13, 2007, 04:47:15 PM »
hmm. are there certain apartments where the law students tend to go in terms of housing? i actually like living with fellow students, and the dorm thing (as much as others hate it) really appealed to me at harvard because i like having people around all the freaking time.

i had no idea about the yale housing thing.

Think about it lovely,

We could live in the same dorm, cook meals together, study together, drop H-bombs together...  it's the American dream!
Yale.Law.School.2010

TotsRound2

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 46
    • View Profile
    • LSN Profile
    • Email
Re: Who here is in at HYS? How are you deciding?
« Reply #108 on: February 28, 2007, 12:33:58 AM »
having just gotten the Yale call this past weekend, this thread is now useful!  although i am incredibly biased in harvard's favor (Harvard College '06), i will object to the idea that harvard's campus environment is more active and fun than yale's.  admittedly, my experiences are more drawn from the undergrad experience at each school, but Yalies party and have just as much fun as we Crimson do...sometimes even more.  no one will ever say that Harvard-Yale weekend is more fun in Cambridge than in New Haven.

i have a different question.  does it matter to go to someplace different than where you did your undergrad?  if i were getting a Phd, it'd be imperative to go somewhere else, because in academia you want to look like you were exposed to different faculty.  you wouldn't get a BA in art history from harvard and then go back and get your doctorate there as well.  (well, you could, but people seem to advise against that).  it seems like it wouldn't matter when it comes to professional schools, because it's not like you're recreating the same experience. 

oh, and i just might choose HLS solely based on the chicken tikka masala at Kebab Factory on Kirkland st.

dashrashi

  • Sr. Citizen
  • ****
  • Posts: 3601
    • View Profile
    • LSN
Re: Who here is in at HYS? How are you deciding?
« Reply #109 on: February 28, 2007, 12:56:02 AM »
having just gotten the Yale call this past weekend, this thread is now useful!  although i am incredibly biased in harvard's favor (Harvard College '06), i will object to the idea that harvard's campus environment is more active and fun than yale's.  admittedly, my experiences are more drawn from the undergrad experience at each school, but Yalies party and have just as much fun as we Crimson do...sometimes even more.  no one will ever say that Harvard-Yale weekend is more fun in Cambridge than in New Haven.

i have a different question.  does it matter to go to someplace different than where you did your undergrad?  if i were getting a Phd, it'd be imperative to go somewhere else, because in academia you want to look like you were exposed to different faculty.  you wouldn't get a BA in art history from harvard and then go back and get your doctorate there as well.  (well, you could, but people seem to advise against that).  it seems like it wouldn't matter when it comes to professional schools, because it's not like you're recreating the same experience. 

oh, and i just might choose HLS solely based on the chicken tikka masala at Kebab Factory on Kirkland st.

No one will every say that Harvard-Yale weekend is more fun in Cambridge than in New Haven because that would be a lie. If only because of our BFF relationship with the Yale PD and the...understanding to which we have come with the NH PD.

As for the going-to-a-different place--I thought about this as well. I think maybe there's layman prestige in going somewhere else for LS though there may well be no actual reason for it?

On the other hand, lay prestige is fun. One of the many, many reasons I didn't apply to YLS.
This sig kills fascists.

http://lawschoolnumbers.com/display.php?user=dashrashi

Saw dashrashi's LSN site. Since she seems to use profanity, one could say that HYP does not necessarily mean class or refinement.