dirac wrote:Oh yes, I am a 2L at HLS. Do not tell me you do not attend HLS and guess from your intuition that HLS students do not have involvement with MIT. Cross-registration aside, HLEP, Harvard Innovation Lab, MIT Entrepreneurship contests, etc. are a few among the abundant activities involving both HLS and MIT engineering students. Those are the benefits of being two train stops (half an hour's walk away) away from one of the best engineering schools in the country. The only other law schools that have this benefit are SLS and BOALT.
I know these programs exist. Cross-registration at Fletcher and MIT is awesome. Similar interactive programs exist at many universities. That is not my contention. You have a particular interest in emerging tech and maybe you have a STEM background: that's great, I'm genuinely glad you are taking advantage of that community. That is not the traditional experience for an HLS student (heavy interaction with MIT engineering students and faculty). Far from it.
dirac wrote:To be fair to Chicago that I have a lot of respect for, let us look at the percentage of HLS and Chicago graduates who have secured SCOTUS clerkships.
http://www.bcgsearch.com/article/900047 ... erkships/#
Yes, top law firm opportunities fall to the top students of every law school in t-20 and you could advise OP to choose Wash U over Yale (no offense to Wash U) if Wash U offers half tuition discount while Yale sticker.
Again, my contention is not that Harvard does not outperform Chicago in SCOTUS clerkships, or that more HLS students do not get summer positions at Wachtell and Bill and Conny. It does, and they do. But you framed these three examples as unique "opportunities available to HLS students." In reality, it takes 7-8+ H's during 1L to be competitive for these firms. And all or nearly all H's with several DS to be competitive for the types of feeder judges (Garland, Reinhardt, Katzmann, ect.). These are slices, of various sizes, of the class. They are not opportunities available to the majority of students at the school, anecdata from well-performing friends aside.
And that's the larger point: there are similarly sized slices (on a percentage basis) of students at Chicago who have access to these same professional opportunities. Not identical; but substantially similar. The distinction between the treatment of a Chicago student and a Harvard student by any particular firm or judge will vary. WashU versus Yale is not an apt analogy. Those are two very different schools; there are firms and judges that hire at one of those schools are not the other. This is not the case with Chicago, and HLS, two very similar schools insofar as the opportunities available to their graduates at different places in the class.
dirac wrote:To address your question about my summer internship place, I am interested in venture capital and startup (that is why I am involved a lot with MIT) and I am going to do my summer internship in CA, Fenwick & West. I did not bid NY firms. But two of my section mates (a section is 80 students at HLS) declined Wachtell offer and at least one other accepted Wachtell.
Fenwick is a great shop. I have classmates who started there. Much better for what you want to do than New York firms. When you arrive and see you have to work with attorneys that went to schools other than Harvard--dare I say it, maybe even a graduate from the University of Chicago--I hope you can contain your surprise.