MumofCad wrote:I'm pretty sure that your date of acceptance to Harvard will not effect your class ranking, chance at Bar Review, or SA prospects lol.
I don't know... at Bar Review, you could tell hot people that you were accepted in November and see if that impresses them. Might have better chances. But you're right, probably not.
(Sorry, this was just the first thing that came to mind. Bar Review is a weekly event in which HLS students go to a bar and party. Law Review, on the other hand, is a fairly prestigious journal that students compete to work on.)
I was accepted right before Thanksgiving last year, and the only difference between that and being accepted in, say, March is that I was less anxious for the next few months because I knew I could go somewhere I'd be happy with.
I'm probably going to say this a bunch of times throughout the next few years when I stop by TLS, but the one thing that I find striking now about how people talk about applications on TLS that I didn't notice before is that people talk about schools grouped by ranking as if they're at all similar, and they're kind of not. Harvard, Yale, and Stanford are all really top-notch law schools, but Harvard and Yale put you in very different places than Stanford does. Columbia, Chicago, and NYU are all great law schools, but the character of Chicago is very different from Columbia and NYU. And down it goes through the rankings. Even if all you are about is prestige, it's really debatable whether, say, Stanford is more prestigious than, say, Columbia or Chicago. People are fond of saying not to take the rankings too literally, but also don't take TLS's arbitrary groupings too literally.
So what I'm saying is that people talk about wanting to go to "HYS," but I honestly don't think that applying to all three of those schools makes a great deal of sense for most people. Two of those schools are small, and one is big. Two are in the Northeast and one is on the West Coast. Two much more frequently place people into the federal government and legal academia than the third does. I could go on. I don't think that HYS constitute a coherent group in any logical sense.