Most people, within 3 years of their BigLaw job realize that the things that make them happy in life...
Like having the degree, experience, friends, contacts, prestige, job opportunities from Harvard Law...
TooOld4This wrote:are the ones that occur outside work hours -- and that they have very few of those hours in their lives.
That is absurd. Having a job you enjoy immensely improves your life satisfaction and overall happiness.
TooOld4This wrote:Harvard is not going to get you a civil service job in the government that much more easily than any other schools.
People can basically get away with making imprecise, baseless statements of this sort all they want to. What exactly does "that much more easily" mean and can you please explain what allows you to draw this conclusion?
Harvard offers benefits in almost every domain. They add up over the course of one's life.
And if you have a named scholarship, you can always list that on your resume. It's basically code for: got into Harvard but was too smart to pay for the "prestige."
People get full rides to T14 schools quite often without getting admitted to Harvard. The exceptions are the Hamilton and Rubenstein, although a few have gotten these without being admitted to Harvard. Few if any employers will care what you paid to attend the law school you attended. They will care where you finished in your class and what school you attended, which is much more indicative of future performance. Clients will also not have a clue what the implications of full ride to school X are, they will not care, and good luck telling them or anyone else about your full ride and not coming off as trying way too hard to impress.
bizzybone1313 wrote:If you don't want to be POTUS, a Supreme Court Justice or professor at a T-10 LS, I would attend Penn. An Ivy league law school for close to free is a big deal.
This T-10 distinction is stupid. A HLS degree significantly improves prospects for being a law professor at any law school. The Ivy League distinction is also stupid.
In other threads you have opined that Penn is better than NYU, which is baseless and suggests your opinion of Penn may be inflated.
Rlabo wrote:I'm prob gonna be alone on this, but if it were me I'd choose Harvard and never look back.
You're not alone. I think Harvard is actually the less risky option on a holistic life satisfaction basis (rather than a narrow, short-sighted financial analysis), and the school will pay off your debt if you aren't in a lucrative job, anyway.