Harvard v. Duke (35k/yr)

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MissElphaba
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Harvard v. Duke (35k/yr)

Postby MissElphaba » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:48 am

Sorry, I already made one of these, but I was just accepted at Harvard this week so my choices have changed quite a bit. Everyone I have spoken to has strong feelings on this, they just don't agree. Is Harvard worth sticker when I have $105,000 at Duke?

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Re: Harvard v. Duke (35k/yr)

Postby flem » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:49 am

That's dependent on your goals. What are they?

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Re: Harvard v. Duke (35k/yr)

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:50 am

Don't you have any better options ? :D

P.S. Any expectation of financial aid from Harvard ?
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Re: Harvard v. Duke (35k/yr)

Postby Tadatsune » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:51 am

flem wrote:That's dependent on your goals. What are they?

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Re: Harvard v. Duke (35k/yr)

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:55 am

Based on the limited info. in this thread, you're just asking whether or not Harvard is worth $35,000 a year more than Duke Law School. The answer is that it depends upon your priorities/goals.

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Re: Harvard v. Duke (35k/yr)

Postby StrictlyBusiness » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:06 am

I'm very interested to see what you decide here. I had basically the same offer at Duke and my thought process was something like:

105k Duke < 120 Northwestern < 90k Chicago =< Harvard if I manage to get in.

I thought those were all pretty comparable though and there were certainly days when I was leaning towards Duke. I think Harvard is a total wildcard for most people (myself included) because it just carries a bit more than the logical value of the degree.

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Re: Harvard v. Duke (35k/yr)

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:08 am

OP also has/had $50,000 per year at Northwestern as a deferred admission offer.

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Re: Harvard v. Duke (35k/yr)

Postby flem » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:10 am

CanadianWolf wrote:OP also has/had $50,000 per year at Northwestern as a deferred admission offer.


Depending on your career goals (ie, if you don't want academia or the ACLU) then free law school at Northwestern is TCR.

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Re: Harvard v. Duke (35k/yr)

Postby MissElphaba » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:57 am

My career goals are a good clerkship, biglaw for a while, and eventually public interest.

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Re: Harvard v. Duke (35k/yr)

Postby flem » Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:58 am

MissElphaba wrote:My career goals are a good clerkship, biglaw for a while, and eventually public interest.


If you're really, REALLY serious about clerking and know that's what you want to do, Harvard is going to give you the best shot at AIII clerking.

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Re: Harvard v. Duke (35k/yr)

Postby Tiago Splitter » Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:00 pm

CanadianWolf wrote:P.S. Any expectation of financial aid from Harvard ?


This is the big question. Harvard tends to be pretty generous with need based aid. If you get any, Harvard wins, but I wouldn't hold it against you if you chose Harvard regardless. I would.

If you really like Duke negotiate with them using the Harvard acceptance and the Northwestern full ride to snag a bit more cash.

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Re: Harvard v. Duke (35k/yr)

Postby CanadianWolf » Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:01 pm

Agree that if a federal clerkship is your immediate goal after finishing law school that Harvard offers the best odds. Nevertheless, the question remains: At what cost ? How much are you willing to pay for increased odds of obtaining a federal clerkship ?




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