Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

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Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby jcccc » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:54 pm

If there are reasons, what are they?

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby iMisto » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:55 pm

I'm sure somebody might mention one... but I wouldn't.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby gaud » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:56 pm

iMisto wrote:I'm sure somebody might mention one... but I wouldn't.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby 005618502 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:59 pm

jcccc wrote:If there are reasons, what are they?


The thing is, why would you?

Classes are P/F at Yale first semester. As a 1L not at HYS, I now know why this would be AMAZING. Seriously, this with not having to worry about jobs would be the best scenario possible. Why go any other way? Harvard will not open doors that Yale wont

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby buddingjd » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:02 pm

living in New Haven?

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby Lincoln » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:05 pm

I can think of several: SO in Boston, wanting to work in Boston after graduation, legacy at HLS, scholly (does HLS award those?), wanting to study law instead of policy, and so on.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby dissonance1848 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:20 pm

If you can get into HYS, forget about H; it comes down to YS. They both give far better chances for clerkships, academia, and you automatically get biglaw if you want it.

Even good reasons for picking H over Y are probably temporary; your degree is forever.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby 09042014 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:20 pm

H Bomb bro.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby dissonance1848 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:22 pm

H bomb don't always convert into greenbacks bro.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby ph14 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:28 pm

AssumptionRequired wrote:
jcccc wrote:If there are reasons, what are they?


The thing is, why would you?

Classes are P/F at Yale first semester. As a 1L not at HYS, I now know why this would be AMAZING. Seriously, this with not having to worry about jobs would be the best scenario possible. Why go any other way? Harvard will not open doors that Yale wont


Best possible reason is wanting to live in Boston rather than New Haven, but that's not really a good reason. I think you probably should choose Yale here, unless you have some real compelling reasons to choose HLS (not just wanting the HLS brand/lay prestige). But I kind of disagree about classes P/F first semester. Seems like it would be difficult to stand out when it comes to OCI with only one semesters worth of grades. Maybe for someone with years of great work experience that could be advantageous, but for someone K-JD, a bit less opportunity to get good grades and stand out. Having less stress and probably less work is nice though.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby indigomachine » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:44 pm

buddingjd wrote:living in New Haven?


On the flip side, Harvard in general is a year-round tourist attraction that has ridiculous groups of annoying out-of-towners tromping through campus all day. (not as bad at the law school but still...)

I'd still take that over New Haven, but if you're easily annoyed by slow moving groups of 15+, might be worth noting.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby Swimp » Tue Sep 18, 2012 8:46 pm

I think there's an argument to be made that the Harvard alumni network is more valuable than the Yale network.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby jcccc » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:08 pm

Swimp wrote:I think there's an argument to be made that the Harvard alumni network is more valuable than the Yale network.


I figured this is probably one of the reasons

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby dissonance1848 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:12 pm

If you want to go into politics, or some elite corporate stuff, yeah, HLS will serve your purposes better than Yale. That being said, Yale/Stanford would be better for the typical attendee.

If you are not sure about your future ambitions, the risk of getting curve pwned outweighs being governor of some state, or doing MBB.

Take Y/S over H. Just do it.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby acrossthelake » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:16 pm

If you were doing the JD/MBA.
Or had a very significant S.O. in Boston.
If some psycho stalker of yours lived in New Haven.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby bjsesq » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:18 pm

dissonance1848 wrote:H bomb don't always convert into greenbacks bro.


But it makes the aspy chicks cream.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby cinephile » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:20 pm

I know someone making this decision right now and for her Harvard was more attractive because she's rather live in Boston - both for the sake of living in Boston and for living with her friend going to Harvard right now. Also, it has more international prestige and she'd rather work overseas anyway.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby IAFG » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:21 pm

acrossthelake wrote:If you were doing the JD/MBA.

That was my only possible answer.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby acrossthelake » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:27 pm

IAFG wrote:
acrossthelake wrote:If you were doing the JD/MBA.

That was my only possible answer.


Yeah, tbf the stalker could probably find you in Boston anyway.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby thelawyler » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:27 pm

If you wanted to definitely do extensive overseas work eventually in your career, I think Harvard does have an edge. But most cases, I'd take Yale despite the New Haven vs Boston thing. It's only three years.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby jcccc » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:38 pm

dissonance1848 wrote:If you want to go into politics, or some elite corporate stuff, yeah, HLS will serve your purposes better than Yale. That being said, Yale/Stanford would be better for the typical attendee.

If you are not sure about your future ambitions, the risk of getting curve pwned outweighs being governor of some state, or doing MBB.

Take Y/S over H. Just do it.


How exactly will HLS give me the edge if I wanted to pursue a career in politics and "elite corporate stuff"?

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby dissonance1848 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:47 pm

Harvard has larger alumni base, H bomb. Applies to politics and elite corporate stuff, which in this case means gunning for MBB, corporate executive positions, etc.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby englawyer » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:54 pm

another reason: if you have ever had a desire to live in the work of this esteemed architect: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Gropius. once in a lifetime opportunity!

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby AllTheLawz » Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:58 pm

If you have a decent personality (and dont have a full-out PI background and plan on applying to firms) you cant make a bad choice between HYS. I applied Boston, DC and a major secondary market (one of CHI/ATL/SF/SV), didnt have killer ties to any of the three and still killed it with nearly all Ps. Will be taking a job at one of the top few firms in the market, the same job I would have taken had I chose another HYS.

In my case, however, I have little interest in clerking and zero interest in academia. If you have interest in either of those two things probably better to choose Y (choice between H and S should still be preference). FWIW, I know people at all three and have discussed people aiming at biglaw and striking out at OCI at all three.

ETA: I was choosing between H and S. Never applied to Y due to personal reasons.

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Re: Is there absolutely no possible reason to pick H over Y?

Postby Ti Malice » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:23 pm

buddingjd wrote:living in New Haven?


New Haven is really not that bad. By all accounts it was a pretty terrifying place 20 years ago, but there's a lot to like about it these days.




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