slsorhls wrote:Not very encouraging. Isn't it a strength of Harvard that you have a number of different courses to choose from covering different ground?
"Isn't it a strength of minimum-security prison that you have more freedom on the grounds during your three-year stay than at other detention centers?"
Law school sucks. Harvard gives you more chances to choose your flavor of suck, but studying the law is horribly boring in general. (One true exception that I have greatly enjoyed is clinical work, which is more engaging and gives you practical experience that's generally useful even if you work in a field you'll never practice in.)
I know I'm a couple weeks late responding to this, but I figure it might help somebody considering HLS.
I think that, if what you're interested in is "what the law is," you'll find the HLS 1L classes extremely interesting. This was my experience.
If you're more interested in a philosophical/liberal arts approach to law ("what law is ideally" or "whose will to power does the law-as-it-is mask?" or similar) you'll find 1L at HLS boring. From what I'm told, if you want to focus on this kind of thing in your 1L classes, go to Yale. Not having attended Yale, I have no idea if this is true.
If you're a 100% hands-on learner, 1L anywhere will be a drag, and as vanwinkle's comment suggests, your best bet at HLS will be volunteering with the student practice organizations during 1L and otherwise looking forward to 2L, when you can do a clinical or two.
Personally I did a student practice organization this past year, liked it a lot, and am registered for 2 clinicals for next year (my 2L year). But like I said, I also really liked my 1L courses.