marlstone wrote:Hi folks. I am pretty much in the same shoes. For me it's between HLS, YLS, SLS and Columbia (Hamilton). Did not apply to UChicago. Let me tell you little bit about my thought process:
1. SLS and Columbia are out. Thankfully money is not a huge factor for me, and am not a big fan of NY. Want to stay in the east coast. So basically it's down to HLS and YLS.
2. I am NOT interested in academia, and I know what I want to study in law school. Harvard seems to have a stronger focus on the field I am interested in. Also thinking of applying to business school and pursuing JD/MBA.
3. Career goal is to enter biglaw and work in either US or Asia. In long term, I am also interested in finance and buyside (investment) opportunities.
4. Boston is definitely more attractive than New Haven, but I guess New Haven is not unbearable. I must add though that I turned down Yale for undergrad primarily because of the location - I visited the city and was shocked by the stark difference in the atmosphere between the campus and the city.
I know this will bring some outrageous comments, but due to above reasons I am actually leaning towards HLS. It has stronger presence/faculty in the field of my interest and much stronger MBA program (though it is 4 years vs. 3 years at Yale). Am I really out of my mind to choose HLS over YLS? Seeing posts in this thread, I would think like 90% of the cross admits would choose YLS. Is that really the case?
The only reason I would choose YLS is because of its prestige, rarity, and better job prospects (oh, and less stress). If I want to get into biglaw, does YLS vs. HLS make that much difference? I am not trying to self-justify my choice - I just want to be fully informed. I do not know any lawyers who went to these schools, and though talking to current students has been definitely helpful, it is likely to be biased. I want some feedbacks from people who went through job searching processes, and are knowledgeable in the ecosystem of corporate lawyer world, who can give tangible advice.
If you're doing the JD/MBA at the same school, Harvard is the stronger combined program. I'd choose HLS in your situation. At the very least it is a defensible choice.
Yale gets a lot of cross-admits but keep in mind Harvard gets around twice as many applications as YLS. I don't think the difference is as stark as TLSers make it seem (unless we're talking academia, where the difference is substantial). TLSers also love their rankings.