az21833 wrote:SLS grads are MUCH more sought after in NYC DC than HLS. there are SOOO many fewer of them to start off with, let alone trying to move across country. u r like a unicorn
I've heard this argument enough times to probably start believing it (though I've never once seen data, it makes sense on its face), but the comparatively small number of Stanford grads going to DC is also a double-edged sword. Getting your first position is almost undoubtedly going to be easier, but you will be relying on your professional network for the rest of your life, and Harvard's DC or NY network is, undeniably, much larger.
Now, I know the counterargument is that Stanford's network is stronger
for whatever that's worth, but sometimes size does matter. Case in point, going back to the '60s, Democratic administrations in DC have been chock full of HLS grads (not just the current, most obvious example).
If your goal is BigLaw for life in DC or NY and you've got no other considerations, I think Stanford makes a ton of sense. If you're looking at transitioning into BigGov later on, I think there's a compelling argument to be made for Harvard.