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5.0 of 5 stars
Incredible array of courses and extracurricular activities. Lots of help with the job search.
One drawback of the school's large size is that you probably won't get that small school, everybody knows everybody feeling as you're walking around campus.
One other plus is that the culture is not as cutthroat as you might expect. People expect you to be at the top of your game, but hardly anyone is uncollegial.
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Diversity of the student body, facilities, great faculty, access to large legal markets (Boston, NY), brand name
I haven't found a large turn off yet. I had a low expectation about the life of a law student, and have enjoyed it so far.
Harvard is a big school with a large class, and thus offers a variety of courses that may not be available in other schools.
Truly the best law school experience in the country for anyone committed to practicing law.
Students can be extremely competitive; there is a bit of a pressure cooker environment, especially 1L year.
The size can be good because there is a huge range of student activities, journals, affinity groups, etc. However, unlike many other law schools, you will not know all or even most of your classmates.
4.0 of 5 stars
Quality of professors and of legal scholarship; premier institutions such as Harvard Law Review; beautiful campus with great technology; numerous employment opportunities for graduates.
Highly competitive environment; large classrooms and substantial amounts of work.
The significant resources available at Harvard Law School can be best used if you know what you are looking for. As you explore classes and other opportunities on campus, don't forget to keep your eye on the ball.
The internationalism and diversity of options in terms of clinics, courses, journals -- everything. As former dean Elana Kagan said: HLS is the New York City of law schools.
The size of the school means that it can feel a bit too big at times. The faculty and administration could do a better job connecting with JD students.
This school isn't for everyone -- but it's incredible. The resources and scope of offerings are unmatched.
Varied course offerings and extracurriculars; dean is very responsive to students. There are many opportunities post-graduation beyond law firms and support to help you think through those opportunities.
Occasionally you may confront egos or other students hyper-focused on grades and prestige. But not generally.
Harvard law school has many opportunities for a variety of interests and you can cross-register and other Harvard school and the Fletcher school. The students and professors are amazing and it is a great place to expand your mind.
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