kloseframe wrote:I chose SLS over HLS and also have no regrets, for what its worth. I'm out of law school now and back on the East Coast and still have no regrets. I think the folks who say that its really about fit and which place you like more are right. I wouldn't get too bogged down in the minutiae of SCOTUS clerkships, or anything else. For PI, there are advantages and disadvantages to both, and both will afford you enough of a platform to have a meaningful career. Go where you want.
I agree with this. I wouldn't split too many hairs over the differences in outcomes. Frankly, those differences are minute. What you put into school, networking, the job search, making relationships with professors, etc. will drive your employment outcome far more than choosing HLS or SLS. It's also silly to try and pick based on the differences in characteristics of your fellow classmates. In truth, there is no way to predict what your classmates will be like at either school. I'm at HLS and even across different sections the section "personalities" vary WILDLY. At the end of the day you are going to be surrounded by law students, so you're going to have to put up with some people you probably won't like. You'll also meet some wonderful people.
I don't regret choosing HLS over SLS. I really like the size of the school, I feel like I can personalize my experience here to a very large degree. There's also something to be said for not knowing everyone and not being known by everyone. I like how often I get to meet new people here. I would also really hate being on a quarter system; two rounds of exams was shitty enough. Of course that stuff is really personality dependent, and I could see it cutting the other way for someone else.
My advice would be this: 1) Consider where you want to live for 3 years of your life. This is a pretty unique chance to check out one of two pretty awesome and very different parts of the country. Consider where you want to spend your summers and how far away your family will be. 2) Try and determine whether you want to be part of a large class or a more intimate environment where you'll likely get to know all your classmates. 3) Try and weigh things like quarters vs. semesters and the importance of variety in class offerings and student organizations.