wksen wrote:OP here! After careful consideration of everything I've been told/seen at both schools, I've decided on HLS. While I've been convinced that I'll be giving up a competitive edge professionally and also a relaxing/family-like academic environment, I think my personality is more suited for a bigger, bureaucratic school like HLS, and I also prefer H's location/social scene. I'm also not planning to enter into an extremely competitive field (my interest is pretty niche) so going to HLS I think will serve me just fine.
Thanks all for your input! Ultimately, this was a personal decision, and was not based on which school I thought was "superior". The people are great at both schools and I'm very happy to have met/talked to all of you.
Thanks for starting this thread!
I've been deciding whether to stay on WL at S and Y, or to just fully commit at H, and I think i'm leaning the way of OP.
(OP, congrats on your choices)
Yale's prestige edge is not enough to make up for how much I loved cambridge and how much I prefer the larger size of HLS (and other Harvard campuses). I'm also a person who greatly prefers the pragmatic to the academic/intellectual approach. I want to do movement lawyering or impact litigation. I was pleasantly surprised by how many state school (undergrad) admits I met at HLS. Great community.
Harvard has plenty of prestige for me!