Stanford LLM vs. Harvard LLM


Mufasa4eva

Hi guys!

Quick question for those who may be sharing (or had previously shared) the same dilemma - I've been admitted to both Stanford (Law, Science and Technology Program) and Harvard LLM. I'm debating which school I should attend. Any inputs? Thanks.

Hi guys!

Quick question for those who may be sharing (or had previously shared) the same dilemma - I've been admitted to both Stanford (Law, Science and Technology Program) and Harvard LLM. I'm debating which school I should attend. Any inputs? Thanks.
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Noah.E

Congrats!! I would definitely choose Stanford considering the size of the class. The small class size of Stanford will enable you to have in-depth discussions/ thoughts exchanges with your classmates and even the professors. Not to mention the perfect location of Stanford where you (as a candidate who is interested in science&technology laws) be exposed to a great deal of amazing opportunities to pursue your career. But I am not accepted to both of them anyway lol

[Edited by Noah.E on Mar 18, 2022]

Congrats!! I would definitely choose Stanford considering the size of the class. The small class size of Stanford will enable you to have in-depth discussions/ thoughts exchanges with your classmates and even the professors. Not to mention the perfect location of Stanford where you (as a candidate who is interested in science&technology laws) be exposed to a great deal of amazing opportunities to pursue your career. But I am not accepted to both of them anyway lol
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normalguy

First, Congrats on your admission!
If I were you, I will definitely choose Harvard.
I mean, it's Harvard. Besides, a larger class means more connections. In depth conversation wouldn't matter anymore once you step out of law school.

[Edited by normalguy on Mar 18, 2022]

First, Congrats on your admission!<br>If I were you, I will definitely choose Harvard.<br>I mean, it's Harvard. Besides, a larger class means more connections. In depth conversation wouldn't matter anymore once you step out of law school.
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Themis94

There is a limit to how many people you can get to know, so most of the people in your class above a certain number are people you will not get to know.  The smaller class size of SLS probably means that they can be a little bit more selective in the admissions they extend (fewer people will be admitted to SLS than to HLS).
Anyhow, I believe that the most important criteria are whether the SLS specialization program fits you (approx. 1/3rd of your program are electives in this still quite broad field) and whether you want to stay in the North-East/Boston or in California/Bay Area.  Both criteria led me personally to Stanford.

[Edited by Themis94 on Mar 29, 2022]

There is a limit to how many people you can get to know, so most of the people in your class above a certain number are people you will not get to know.&nbsp; The smaller class size of SLS probably means that they can be a little bit more selective in the admissions they extend (fewer people will be admitted to SLS than to HLS).<br>Anyhow, I believe that the most important criteria are whether the SLS specialization program fits you (approx. 1/3rd of your program are electives in this still quite broad field) and whether you want to stay in the North-East/Boston or in California/Bay Area.&nbsp; Both criteria led me personally to Stanford.
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sg58

Hi! I’m in the same boat! I got accepted into the Corporate Governance and Practice program at Stanford and Harvard. It’s a really tough decision but I think I am leaning more towards Harvard because even though Stanford is more higher ranked than Harvard (the rankings are not based on the quality of education so I don't take them that seriously 1f604)  I personally think Harvard’s reputation will do wonders for me in my career trajectory and I prefer the urban feel of the Harvard campus.  

[Edited by sg58 on Mar 29, 2022]

Hi! I’m in the same boat! I got accepted into the Corporate Governance and Practice program at Stanford and Harvard. It’s a really tough decision but I think I am leaning more towards Harvard because even though Stanford is more higher ranked than Harvard (the rankings are not based on the quality of education so I don't take them that seriously :smile:) &nbsp;I personally think Harvard’s reputation will do wonders for me in my career trajectory and I prefer the urban feel of the Harvard campus. &nbsp;
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Noah.E

Maybe the latest released US News law school rankings could serve as a reference!

Maybe the latest released US News law school rankings could serve as a reference!
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Policyman

Congratulations! If I were you, I woud choose Harvard.

Congratulations! If I were you, I woud choose Harvard.
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Nova21

Maybe the latest released US News law school rankings could serve as a reference!

Stanford has now already for many years been ranked above Harvard.

[quote]Maybe the latest released US News law school rankings could serve as a reference! [/quote]<br>Stanford has now already for many years been ranked above Harvard.
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Gößling

I´d choose Stanford. As stated in previous comments, it´s better ranked than Harvard (HLS is no longer within the top 3 according to USA News), classes are much smaller, winters in Boston are unbearable, and SLS is known for having a more balanced approach than HLS.  

I´d choose Stanford. As stated in previous comments, it´s better ranked than Harvard (HLS is no longer within the top 3 according to USA News), classes are much smaller, winters in Boston are unbearable, and SLS is known for having a more balanced approach than HLS.&nbsp;&nbsp;
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Nova21

A possibly useful point of information re job-seeking prospects in the US:  based on experiences of SLS LLM classmates, SLS is definitely not disadvantaged when it comes to competing with HLS/Columbia/Chicago LLM's for jobs in NYC or DC (if anything, the small, selective cohort together with SLS's brand in the US seem helpful to "stand out" a little bit).
But it is good to know that SLS offers the extra opportunity to also participate in the Westcoast JD job fair and hunt for jobs in San Francisco / Silicon Valley.  A limited number of classmates found jobs here that are top-notch in terms of type of work, firm, remuneration, etc.

A possibly useful point of information re job-seeking prospects in the US:&nbsp; based on experiences of SLS LLM classmates, SLS is definitely not disadvantaged when it comes to competing with HLS/Columbia/Chicago LLM's for jobs in NYC or DC (if anything, the small, selective cohort together with SLS's brand in the US seem helpful to "stand out" a little bit).<br>But it is good to know that SLS offers the extra opportunity to also participate in the Westcoast JD job fair and hunt for jobs in San Francisco / Silicon Valley.&nbsp; A limited number of classmates found jobs here that are top-notch in terms of type of work, firm, remuneration, etc.
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