rgndvo wrote:This isn't exactly a novel question, and I think the fact that it hasn't been satisfactorily answered illuminates the necessity of posing it again.
I would like attendees of HLS to specifically, concretely (i.e. invoke data rather than "intuition") explain why HLS is so much better than Georgetown, Cornell, Michigan, or other T-14's. There doesn't appear to be any data supporting the notion of bigger salaries. My suspicion is that the desire to sacrifice T-14 scholarships and go to H is born in sheer vanity, and a desire to "name-drop." Prove me wrong, HLS-ers.
1. Harvard has its own credit union that lends to foreign students, making it (along with stanford and yale) one of the very few schools that gurantee you can pay if you're accepted
2. Harvard places more grads in clerkships. While clerking doesn't interest me, for those ~20% of students who want to clerk and who go on to clerk, then Cornell or Georgetown, or Michigan is going to make you have a much more uphill battle.
3. Plenty of places will never ask to see your grade if you went to Harvard, you went to Harvard = automatically smart for many places, not big law necessarily but mid size firms
4. Grade inflation and the impossibility of getting a C- on your transcript
5. Harvard often gives more scholarships, and there is a guy who went to either Columbia or NYU (which are like t5/6) schools and ended up working in "shitlaw" and basically had a depressong life so ran off to turkey to dodge student loans (see areyouinsane) And he graduated before the market went shitty.
6. Now if your question was Harvard vs UT, then I'd say I don't know, all in all UT grads probably have the best job outlook after yale. Moderate in state cost, good job prospects, low col, and one of the largest states and having no close competitors.