i'd love to hear any insights about stanford, i agree it seems to be underrepresented here. what's the student/faculty interaction like? is there any limit to how many clinics you can do? can you easily take classes elsewhere in the university? are there opportunities to TA for undergrads, such as there are at harvard and yale?
i am actually deciding between harvard, stanford, and yale. until this week i wasn't really giving much consideration to stanford (more to keep things simple than for any rational reason, plus i am on the east coast) but i actually am so torn between harvard and yale that now i am going to go out to stanford's admit weekend... and hopefully will get some bolt of insight. i like harvard for specific programs such as the berkman center and some of the more niche clinics, and it seems like such an exciting place, but i like yale's small size and flexibility. now i am wondering if stanford might combine the best of both worlds - i like its cyberlaw offerings and the clinics, including the new nonprofit/general counsel clinic, sound cool, plus it's as small as yale.
but, it seems like stanford's summer public interest funding and LRAP aren't as good as harvard/yale, and i'm not as familiar with stanford's faculty as i am with harvard/yale, so if anyone can speak to that, it would be awesome. i'm also potentially interested in academia (not 100%, but would like to have the option). and agree with the concern about non-trad careers, international options, etc. would love to be in california for 3 years, but palo alto itself doesn't sound so exciting.
at the end of the day, i think it will come down to a gut feeling and at this rate it looks like the decision is going to get made at the last possible minute. of course i mainly just feel incredibly grateful and lucky to get to make this choice, and i don't think there is really a wrong answer, but i also don't think there's one right answer for everyone. (i.e. getting tired of the eminently not helpful "you got into school x? well, you obviously have to go there" response.)