I have a friend who graduated YHP with 3.7+ and 179 LSAT that came to Boalt because he/she knew it was going to be a better quality of life than HYS. I have multiple friends that chose Boalt over Stanford/Harvard. These kids are down to earth. They are smart, they're relatively relaxed and they're good people on the whole. You should really come check us out regardless of where else you get into. I am usually non-gushy about life in general, but I do think we have something out of the ordinary when it comes to law school.
I hear you bilbo, but is QOL the only reason these friends of yours chose Boalt over SLS? I don't really care about Harvard — I think I'd pick Boalt over Harvard too — but I'm interested in the Boalt vs. SLS debate. It's one I've been giving a lot of thought the past few days. Care to PM me these people's contact info or something? I'd like to actually talk to someone who made this decision.
I'd summarize Boalt v. SLS like this: I never got into Stanford but never got rejected, they still hadn't even given me any notification by May 1st, I withdrew and didn't care. Stanford is an awesome place to live if you have like a spouse or especially if you have children, Palo Alto is in one of the most desirable suburbs in the United States. If I was older and settled down, that certainly would have changed my decision.
That said, for someone like me straight out of U/G, the prospect of spending my early 20s in a suburb, after spending my entire childhood in a suburb, was not gonna happen. Palo Alto is super boring, and pretty far away from SF, Berk has plenty of things to do and is close to SF. IMO, Boalt is better than Stanford if you wanna stay in Cali, Stanford has less grads and places more people out of state, so I doubt they get as many Cali firms, though i could be wrong.
Overall, young and single = Boalt, Older and more settled down = Stanford.
Last, I'd like to echo what the above poster said, Boalt is truly a special place. I can't explain it to you, you are just going to have to visit. But here's an objective measure: regardless of if you are the richest man alive, Boalt will pay for your plane ticket to come see the school during ASW, did any other T10 unilaterally offer this without any financial aid check? NO. When, I was done with ASW I was fully committed and honestly could not have cared less about other choices. The people here are really tight, tho we did all kind of bury ourselves in our own caves after Halloween
. I think our school has like one of the lower GPA/LSAT matrixes of the T14, but these students are the kind of ppl that can consistently out-interview our peer institutions. End Rant.