mike7174 wrote:Seriously how does ANYBODY get into HARVARD LAW SCHOOL and then go somewhere else? I know Yale is considered better in many specialties and that Stanford is considered on par by most standards, but, honestly, how the hell do you turn down the prestige of Harvard?
Seriously? I mean, why do people turn down the "prestige" of Georgetown to attend NYU? Because prestige is a minor factor for many people.
Obviously, prestige is extremely important--indeed, supremely important--to you. That's cool. Others, however, care about different things. Some care about a career in academia (where Yale places twice as many graduates, as measured by a percentage of its class, as Harvard). Others care about financial security, so they pick a lower-ranked T14 school with a full scholarship instead of paying full price at Harvard. And others much prefer the smaller class sizes of Yale, Stanford, and even the University of Chicago. (To some, Harvard feels a bit like a diploma mill, albeit a prestigious one.)
I think Harvard is a great law school and it's neat that you're into it, but can you really not see why someone else would feel differently?