Harvard or NYU for Securities Law LLM?


josepidal

For Securities Law, would you take an LLM at Harvard or at NYU?

I am having a tough time deciding. I am from the Philippines in Southeast Asia. I received a $10,000 scholarship offer and research associate position from NYU, but they want me to send a very sizable deposit practically tomorrow. Then, Harvard just sent an acceptance e-mail a few hours ago.

At first, I thought that if Harvard would take me, than it was Harvard or nothing.

However, now that the choice really is before me, I am having second thoughts about NYU. People have told me it might be more practice-oriented, especially if you want to land a job in the US even in the short-term. It is an excellent school, certainly, just minutes from Wall Street, and recognized in my country for finance, especially in Taxation.

On the other hand, I have always been told that Harvard is Harvard, and it's certainly no slouch in Securities Regulation, Finance, etc.

I also have some secondary considerations. First, I had the impression campus life might be richer outside the NY bustle, and certainly more affordable.

Second, I have a twin interest in Constitutional Law, and would kill for access to the scholars at Harvard.

I think the bottom line is, I am a recent law graduate and am now overwhelmed by the choice before me. It never sunk in yet that I might be abroad studying at an Ivy League grad school in just a few months, and find myself with insufficient information to guide me.

For Securities Law, would you take an LLM at Harvard or at NYU?

I am having a tough time deciding. I am from the Philippines in Southeast Asia. I received a $10,000 scholarship offer and research associate position from NYU, but they want me to send a very sizable deposit practically tomorrow. Then, Harvard just sent an acceptance e-mail a few hours ago.

At first, I thought that if Harvard would take me, than it was Harvard or nothing.

However, now that the choice really is before me, I am having second thoughts about NYU. People have told me it might be more practice-oriented, especially if you want to land a job in the US even in the short-term. It is an excellent school, certainly, just minutes from Wall Street, and recognized in my country for finance, especially in Taxation.

On the other hand, I have always been told that Harvard is Harvard, and it's certainly no slouch in Securities Regulation, Finance, etc.

I also have some secondary considerations. First, I had the impression campus life might be richer outside the NY bustle, and certainly more affordable.

Second, I have a twin interest in Constitutional Law, and would kill for access to the scholars at Harvard.

I think the bottom line is, I am a recent law graduate and am now overwhelmed by the choice before me. It never sunk in yet that I might be abroad studying at an Ivy League grad school in just a few months, and find myself with insufficient information to guide me.
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josepidal, congrats!! i am also from the philippines. i am acquainted with two guys from UP - one currently attending NYU and the other currently at harvard. if you're interested, i can attempt to get their email addresses so you can ask them about your concerns. (but maybe you're pressed for time with nyu ... my officemates are their batchmates so i can only ask on monday pa)

my atenean officemates hooked me up with someone currently attending the school im eyeing and it has been a great help. I'd like to do the same for you. PM me your email ad if your interested.

josepidal, congrats!! i am also from the philippines. i am acquainted with two guys from UP - one currently attending NYU and the other currently at harvard. if you're interested, i can attempt to get their email addresses so you can ask them about your concerns. (but maybe you're pressed for time with nyu ... my officemates are their batchmates so i can only ask on monday pa)

my atenean officemates hooked me up with someone currently attending the school im eyeing and it has been a great help. I'd like to do the same for you. PM me your email ad if your interested.
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pls. check your mail :)

pls. check your mail :)
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LLM_Brazil

I was accepted at NYU and haven't heard from Harvard yet, but I wouldn't think twice: Harvard is Harvard !!!!

I was accepted at NYU and haven't heard from Harvard yet, but I wouldn't think twice: Harvard is Harvard !!!!

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yueping

Yeah, but a RA position and a $10,000 scholarship are very important too, it will certainly do very well on a CV as these are similar to awards. After all, such distinctions are highly sought after.

Yeah, but a RA position and a $10,000 scholarship are very important too, it will certainly do very well on a CV as these are similar to awards. After all, such distinctions are highly sought after.
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josepidal

Various people have advised me that Harvard has better Securities classes and is the better university overall, and the main reason for going to NYU is its stronger contacts for job placement in New York. Would this be accurate?

Various people have advised me that Harvard has better Securities classes and is the better university overall, and the main reason for going to NYU is its stronger contacts for job placement in New York. Would this be accurate?
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Igorek

Hello, there!
I was admitted to both Harvard and NYU and Securities is my major. There are two issues I consider to be the grounds for my choise. First, Harvard has a very strong International Securities Law concentration. But NYU offers just a series of "ordinary" (but not less fantastic, I believe) securities law courses. Second, as it has already been said above Harvard is Harvard and in my country (I am from Russia) HLS reputation will promote me much stronger then NYU.
In this way I will definitely choose HLS over NYU.

What about the auther of the topic?

Hello, there!
I was admitted to both Harvard and NYU and Securities is my major. There are two issues I consider to be the grounds for my choise. First, Harvard has a very strong International Securities Law concentration. But NYU offers just a series of "ordinary" (but not less fantastic, I believe) securities law courses. Second, as it has already been said above Harvard is Harvard and in my country (I am from Russia) HLS reputation will promote me much stronger then NYU.
In this way I will definitely choose HLS over NYU.

What about the auther of the topic?
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josepidal

Incidentally, anyone else here interested in Securities Law, and what schools are you going to?

Incidentally, anyone else here interested in Securities Law, and what schools are you going to?
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munipoka

hey there,

i am interested in doing an LLm in securities law coupled with an option to take few credit courses in business. i have been having disucssions about the various options of law school for doin an LLM in securities law and the predominant amongst them seem to be georgetown, harvard and upenn-wharton. any thoughts from you guys?

hey there,

i am interested in doing an LLm in securities law coupled with an option to take few credit courses in business. i have been having disucssions about the various options of law school for doin an LLM in securities law and the predominant amongst them seem to be georgetown, harvard and upenn-wharton. any thoughts from you guys?
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