Harv wrote:Hey, read the whole thread. It's super informative, thank you everyone who contributed. I'm a Canadian debating between HLS and U of T (Canada's best). I'm willing to go wherever opportunity and adventure takes me, but the approximately 100,000 more in debt I would carry out of Harvard gives me pause. Admittedly, I haven't researched this thoroughly, but it seems that Canada's economy/legal market is more stable than America's. Though, of course, HLS grads are pretty insulated from America's volatility. Given the debt load that I'll be carrying at either school, I am interested in big law (at least in the beginning). Both schools place quite well in this regard.
When I consider HLS, and the job prospects after, I have the following concerns:
No geographic ties anywhere in the US
No relevant work experience, though I have a few years of carpentry experience (perhaps this nets me some sort of maturity/character points?)
I would say my only saving grace at this pont (can't predict my grades) would be that I think I'm relatively socially adept. I'm confident that I would have a great three years at either school, so post-grad job prospects and lifestyle are my primary concerns. Any thoughts?
Haha, now to actually say something marginally more useful to you: I don't know about Canada's market or how you view $100k debt, but I can speak to your HLS concerns.
No geographic ties anywhere in the US will not really matter at all, unless you're targeting an insular market or something. If you are doing the run of the mill NYC biglaw market, being from Canada will not hurt you at all. I know a bunch of people here in NYC biglaw that were from Canada. Not as sure how being from Canada affects your job prospects on the west coast...I'd imagine you'd be treated like anyone else not from California lol, which may not be that negative at all.
No name undergrad does not really matter when you're at the stage of getting a biglaw job. It'd be a bigger concern when you were applying to law school, and since that clearly did not hold you back much, I will go on a ledge and say it won't affect you too much in EIP either.
No relevant work experience can hurt, or at least it won't help, but you'll be fine if you're targeting, again, a run of the mill NYC biglaw job. If you're looking for a super selective firm, this might hurt you a bit. I was a K-JD and my lack of work experience did not noticeably impact me at all. Being a good interviewer is at least just as important, so if you think you're socially adept, maybe you can make carpentry really work to your advantage (as long as the analogy is not too corny or something