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5.0 of 5 stars
It's Harvard, excellent employment opportunities and you will always belong to that institution
Too much Harvard. They keep saying you are the smartest
It is the gold standard of legal education. Law firms generally consider Harvard grads to be more pragmatic
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3.0 of 5 stars
Great resources, great scholars, a lot of clinics. Also a lot of great people. Big enough to find people that you are interested in.
Social scene is less than desirable. Full of gunners. Stressful environment.
I have not loved it, but would probably make the same choice about going here.
4.0 of 5 stars
Intellectually rigorousIncredibly broad spectrum of opportunitiesPower of the brand
Institutional pressure toward intellectual homogeneity Pompous professors/students at timesLess intimate than my former school
Do not assume that, as a transfer, you will automatically perform as well as you did at your former school. Be careful about class selection (and order) and continue to work hard. The competition really is more difficult than my previous (T25) school.
Diverse student body, many resources to support you & top notch professors.
Can feel too big, with its history and number of students.
Do it, you wont regret it. it combines academia with a professional focus.
There is a real sense that this is a special place to learn the law from the brightest professors out there. People here seem to have big ambitions and the school is here to help set you on a path to realizing them.
It is large. Can make you feel belittled or anonymous sometimes.
Best place to get a legal education. Well worth the time and effort.
Applications of Socratic MethodUnconventional and creative thinking World-renowned professors Prestigious with incredible history outstanding alumni
Some of the legacy students are stuffy and arrogant. Facilities could use an upgrade.
Studying at Harvard is costly but pays back in the long run through the recognition you receive from potential employers and the fantastic alumni.
Breadth of coursesFacultyName recognitionLarge diversity within student body
School can seem impersonal at times because of its sizeCambridge gets very cold for most of the year
It's a big school, and big schools have pros and cons. Know that coming in. I like the size, but it may not be everyone.
I appreciate the quality of the colleagues and classroom discussions.
I do not enjoy the faculty to student ratio with the class size.
If you are able to get in, you should absolutely go!
ProfessorsStudents are very smartDiverse (by law school standards)Career prospectsInternational reputation
GunnersNot enough international offerings for classesMany faculty members seem disconnected from student body
It's an institution in and of itself, which pays off during EIP (OCI) and while applying for jobs internationally.
Amazing placement, great classmates, engaging professors, etc. etc. What I wasn't expecting was to make such close friends; with such large class sizes and a small university town feel (cf. Columbia or NYU), you really make lasting relationships with classmates
Weather is terrible for the entire school year. Campus, outside of WCC, is old and grungy. Placement skews heavily towards NY/DC.
If you think HLS gives good opportunities but are on the fence for personal reasons, just go -- you'll love it.
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