kulshan wrote:If you're considering academia, you should also keep in mind that Stanford's LRAP doesn't cover academic jobs, like Harvard and Yale's programs do. So if you are planning on (or thinking about) going into academia within 10 years of graduating law school, you'll be paying for it (literally).
I did not know this. That's actually a pretty big deal. Getting academia is obviously pretty unlikely, so for most people this difference won't matter, but if you're set on academia, then Harvard and Stanford provide about equal chances of success at getting a job. With equal chances of getting a job, the fact that Harvard provides a better financial outlook for those who DO get a job seems to make it the better option for academia, right?
The only exception is if a student goes into academia more than 10 years after graduating. And while that does happen, my sense is that that's the exception rather than the rule.