Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

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Which would you attend?

Harvard Law
111
56%
Stanford Law
86
44%
 
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birkenstockmarket
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Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby birkenstockmarket » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:22 am

this decision is killing me! Every discussion I could find on this topic dealt with individuals with ties to CA or a strong interest in working on the West Coast. I want to work in Manhattan, so I'm really just not sure which school is a better bet. Thanks in advance for your input.

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Teoeo
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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby Teoeo » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:23 am

Harvard IMO


edit: now I am starting to think of reasons to go to Stanford XD

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby lisjjen » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:25 am

Vault ranks Stanford #1 and all they care about are firms. Not academics and policy and stuff.

But even if they didn't, where would you rather spend Christmas?

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby bhan87 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:30 am

Go to the school that you'll enjoy more. Honestly, Stanford places very well into the NYC market, so you should be fine going to either. Your performance in law school will be a bigger determinant on which firms hire you up, so you want to pick the school that suits you better.

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby funkytown » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:31 am

lisjjen wrote:Vault ranks Stanford #1 and all they care about are firms. Not academics and policy and stuff.

But even if they didn't, where would you rather spend Christmas?

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First one looks more Christmas-y.

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby lisjjen » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:34 am

funkytown wrote:First one looks more Christmas-y.


As far as Christmas-y goes, both have a Christmas tree. From there, I'm OK with throwing a few palm trees around it.

And so even if you'd prefer a more "Christmas-y" Christmas, how about November, January and February? Personally, I'd rather be at the beach.

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby funkytown » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:44 am

lisjjen wrote:
funkytown wrote:First one looks more Christmas-y.


As far as Christmas-y goes, both have a Christmas tree. From there, I'm OK with throwing a few palm trees around it.

And so even if you'd prefer a more "Christmas-y" Christmas, how about November, January and February? Personally, I'd rather be at the beach.


Good point.

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby CanadianWolf » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:52 am

NYU or Columbia.

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The Stig
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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby The Stig » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:58 am

You gotta visit! They have totally different vibes/cultures, just pick the one you like best and enjoy it!

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby hokie » Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:00 am

H-bomb

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby BioEBear2010 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:08 am

The Stig wrote:You gotta visit! They have totally different vibes/cultures, just pick the one you like best and enjoy it!

QFT. SLS and HLS are very different schools, with very different student bodies. Go see which you prefer.

Finding a job really shouldn't be a concern coming from either school.

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby FiveSermon » Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:09 am

Stanford just because I think job prospects are pretty equal coming from H or S and spending 3 years in S> 3 years at H.

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby prezidentv8 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:44 am

bhan87 wrote:Go to the school that you'll enjoy more. Honestly, Stanford places very well into the NYC market, so you should be fine going to either. Your performance in law school will be a bigger determinant on which firms hire you up, so you want to pick the school that suits you better.


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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby UCLAtransfer » Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:54 am

At SLS, a lot of the class will definitely have a West Coast focus, which combined with the super-small class size (as compared to HLS) would make you much more of a rarity (and perhaps more desirable) than the average HLS student.

In the end though, it seems like it comes down to where you would prefer attending/spending 3 years.

Congrats on being in the position to make such an awesome choice!

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby birkenstockmarket » Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:10 am

Thanks for all of the feedback! Looks like I will have to wait to visit both schools to get a sense of the "vibes."

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby CrashingTheGate » Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:52 pm

birkenstockmarket wrote:Thanks for all of the feedback! Looks like I will have to wait to visit both schools to get a sense of the "vibes."



Similar situation here. I'm looking to return the East Coast after law school but Stanford just seems like such a cool place. Admit weekend will be the deciding moment. Are you going to the SLS one in April?

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby birkenstockmarket » Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:12 pm

CrashingTheGate wrote:
birkenstockmarket wrote:Thanks for all of the feedback! Looks like I will have to wait to visit both schools to get a sense of the "vibes."



Similar situation here. I'm looking to return the East Coast after law school but Stanford just seems like such a cool place. Admit weekend will be the deciding moment. Are you going to the SLS one in April?



Yes! I will be at Stanford's in April and Harvard's the following weekend.

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby paratactical » Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:15 pm

birkenstockmarket wrote:Thanks for all of the feedback! Looks like I will have to wait to visit both schools to get a sense of the "vibes."

I am an enormous proponet of all things New England and Cambridge and Boston and I loathe California and would never want to live there, but I have to tell you to take Stanford. There aren't many Stanford grads out here, due to self-selection. There are tons of Harvard kids. With the vast portability of the degree and your ability to be a limited commodity, take S.

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby polevaulter » Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:53 pm

HARVARD

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby kwais » Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:58 pm

I visited both. Personally I much prefer the history, prestige, city feel of Harvard to the country-club vibe of Stanford. People really make too much of the cold. You WILL get used to it. I know Stanford is Stanford but Harvard is fucking Harvard.

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby The Stig » Sun Mar 13, 2011 4:50 pm

kwais wrote:I visited both. Personally I much prefer the history, prestige, city feel of Harvard to the country-club vibe of Stanford. People really make too much of the cold. You WILL get used to it. I know Stanford is Stanford but Harvard is fucking Harvard.


OP, I'm sure you already realize this, but try to spend as much time with students as both students as you can. At least in my visits there was a different vibe from each of the groups of students I met...
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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby ahduth » Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:00 am

paratactical wrote:
birkenstockmarket wrote:Thanks for all of the feedback! Looks like I will have to wait to visit both schools to get a sense of the "vibes."

I am an enormous proponet of all things New England and Cambridge and Boston and I loathe California and would never want to live there, but I have to tell you to take Stanford. There aren't many Stanford grads out here, due to self-selection. There are tons of Harvard kids. With the vast portability of the degree and your ability to be a limited commodity, take S.


Why are you so right so often? Seems wrong.

Also loathing California is dumb. Stop it.

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby ahduth » Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:01 am

polevaulter wrote:HARVARD


Stanford. You're not an annoying east coast drone. It's exciting!

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby thecilent » Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:04 am

Cls or nyu with $$ is credited here.

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Re: Harvard v. Stanford for NYC biglaw

Postby gothamm » Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:09 am

Tough choice.


You poor thing.




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