lastsamurai wrote: t-14orbust wrote:
sonyvaio18 wrote:Sorry if this was discussed in an earlier post, but I'm curious what's the biggest thing people love about HLS?
Being able to tell laypeople that they go to HLS
Lol'd irl. This was the main point of a current student's argument for why I should attend HLS over other T14s for free. Even it that is true, there are probably better features of HLS that the current students should highlight...
To fuel the discussion here are some excerpts from a couple e-mails I exchanged with HLS grads, not all of the info separates Harvard from Yale/Stanford, but a good look at advantage of Harvard over the rest of the T14. I may have shared some of this before, sorry if it is redundant.
From what I hear from friends of mine at other top 10 schools, the competition there is a bit heavy because everyone is trying to shine. The nice thing at HLS, SLS, and YLS is that you're sort of set once you get in, and most people who I know, including myself, were just shocked to actually be going to HLS that there wasn't as much competition.
Harvard's grading policy is great. While it can be annoying when you work your butt off and get a P, knowing you were probably on the cusp for an H, overall it's way less stressful than normal letter grades.
If you go to Harvard you should not have a hard time getting a Big Law job. Basically everyone gets one, and the only way to not would be to do absolutely terribly in all of your classes, two semesters in a row. A friend of mine got all Ps her first semester but four H's her second and she was fine; so really, two semesters of bad grades would be the only thing to hurt you. And even then, I have at least two friends who I know had all Ps or maybe one H all year and still got Big Law jobs.
Most professors don't give out all the LPs they can, and some refuse to give out LPs unless you seriously put in no effort and hand in a terrible exam. Of course, there are some rumored to give out all they can, but again it's just a rumor. You can avoid these pretty easily: study. Putting in an average amount of effort should make it so you never get an LP.
I was blown away by how much having a big school (and thus huge alum network) could be a positive rather than a negative. Further, since public interest is always a smaller percentage of each law school, the fact that harvard is large meant that its public interest community was one of the largest, and definitely the best funded, in the country. I seriously think OPIA lives up to what it promises to be. It is up to you to go often enough for them to know you, but if they get to know you, they will do EVERYTHING for you.