vanwinkle wrote:fortissimo wrote:If PI, UVA.
If anything else, Harvard, including if you want to work outside of the legal field. People don't know what UVA is outside of law (well, my parents STILL confuse it with virginia tech), but everyone knows what the H-bomb is.
This is terribly stupid. If you know before you go to law school that you want to work outside of the legal field, the correct answer is don't go to law school, not this.
It does not matter what people think of a school outside of the law. You go to law school to become a lawyer, and lawyers know UVA's value as a degree. Lay prestige should be of exactly 0% importance in a decision like this.
To be fair I don't know if you are aware, but Harvard Law does really really well with sending people to investment banks, management consulting firms, private equity, venture capital, and even general business jobs. This is something that simply cannot be said of law schools like UVA and Michigan. Non law prestige can be very helpful if you decide to switch careers later etc. The flexibility that Harvard Law provides is unreal.