yomisterd wrote:why is this same debate rehashed in at least one front page thread every single day.
people need to stop using this as a personal soapbox and either give op good advice or get the fuck out. op is not dumb and can figure out LST and ABA reports him/her/they/itself.
(Himself). Sorry to open a can of worms here.
op i don't blame you. you had a valid concern with some unique circumstances. did you have to ask the tls hive mind? not necessarily. but you can't help seeking advice from people who might have been in similar situations.
i blame the fucktards who either want to trash hls or justify their turning down money to come to harvard by making it seem like fucking mecca or yale or something.
listen op, i think you make a pro con list. the way this list works out is that you have major debt either way you go. $25k difference between 175 and 200k is a 1L SA. not to trivialize debt but point is you are gonna be in the red
regardless. in a not so small way. so that is con on both sides. pro on both sides is good big law. who cares about a fucking percentage point or whatever you will likely get big law both places. so you have pro and con for both. now think about career. it sounds like you are unsure, so having most options available is good. harvard is big with lots of options. columbia also has great options. it could be a wash, or you could say harvard being bigger is a plus. now with family and SO (which i personally think is a big deal if you like the SO but who am i to know) that seems pro harvard. harvard also has low income protection plan that is pretty good and could help you out if you want to take a low income job and not biglawl after school. maybe another plus? columbia probably has something similar too but i fucking hated their financial aid process so take with a mine of salt. seems like more pros on harvard side.
i am probably biased in favor of harvard because that is where i am. i don't regret my choice because i too was looking at pretty much a financial wash between h and elsewhere. i like it. maybe you will. that's my shpeal and everyone STOP FUCKING TALKING ABOUT RANKINGS AND JOB PLACEMENT AND OTHER BORING SHIT.