lakerfanimal wrote:I know someone who went to yale but was WL'd at Harvard initially (and then got in) so I'm not going to discount you as a flame. If you didn't tailor your PS to Harvard then you just messed up. I can't imagine why you'd get rejected there, you seem to have pretty good softs on top of lock numbers if there ever was such a thing for Harvard. If you didn't already talk about how bad you want to go to Harvard in your PS, keep sending them letters and say you'd withdraw from every other school including Yale (but be tactful about this obviously).
I kinda sent the same PS to every school. Didn't really personalize it to the school.
Thanks for the advice I think I'll try that.
I guess if you do defer for a year, make sure you do that. If you know a school is your first choice I think the least you can do is personalize your PS towards that school.
From what you said about wanting to go into politics/government later, obviously this is just confident 0L speculation, but I think you're better off waiting a year and then going because from what I've seen, people really bond a lot in the first year because 1) law school is hard and so you'll make friends to study with and share your pain haha and 2) people are always more friendly when they're new somewhere. You might be the most gregarious person ever and if that is the case then transferring wouldn't hurt you, but I feel like going in as a 1L would be better for you in terms of networking with your classmates who could be future presidents/politicians/etc. Plus you could work for a year to make some money, especially if you're still young.
All that being said I think you should go to Yale and graduate from there because I can't imagine a better law school to be at in terms of actual learning, and it's not like Harvard gives you any more opportunities, unless you plan on trying to get a JD/MBA..