OperaAttorney wrote:kjunfood wrote:lol ty for the posts, though sadly none of them seem to be serious
ok, let me rephrase so i dont hurt everyone's sensibilities:
why would one choose harvard law over columbia law? or why would some choose harvard law over stanford law?
the more specific the better
I'm matriculating at UT Austin this fall, but I'll answer the questions since I applied to all 4 schools and got dinged LOL.
Harvard/Columbia? HARVARD Both schools are large and expensive. Both schools endure brutal winters. Both schools are super competitive (the word on the streets). But Harvard has eliminated letter grades, though I'm unsure at how great the new grading system is working out. Harvard is also ranked higher and will probably remain above Columbia. I hate the idea of living in New York. I don't care much about faculty rep. (I don't aspire to become a law prof or a SCOTUS clerk.) Both schools have rock-star professors, most of whom will probably suck.
Harvard/Stanford? STANFORD. I'm a native Californian. I hate cold weather. Harvard's great. But so is Stanford. And though Harvard's course offerings far exceed Stanford's, Stanford offers more courses than any overachiever could take in 3 years.
Choosing a law school is, truly, a personal affair--at least, it should be, I think. What works for one person might not work for other. (The rankings alone should not dictate where you opt to matriculate.) Do you want to know how wildly personal it can be? Here's a shocker: I would've picked UT over Columbia--after sitting on the fence for about 10 mins.
ty for your post. though it doesnt completely answer my question, its very helpful and informative. i realize a lot personal preferences come into play when choosing amongst the top schools, and i dont think your decision is that crazy at all operaattorney! depending on what you want to do...it can make total sense. UT is extremely high up on my list as well, even over a lot of other higher ranked law schools.