hmm, I think this is actually a pretty tough decision. While first instinct would have me saying go to GW, ciolli seems to show that two have comparable placement in New England.
You are seriously misreading that study. GW is fairly national, many students simply do not chose to go to new england. At North Eastern, almost all the students opt to stay in New England.
All other things being equal, the GW grad will get picked over the NE grad every single time at a Boston Biglaw firm.
Actually I think you may be reading the study wrong. The fact that GW is even RANKED in NE proves that they have a substantial # of grads interested in coming to NE. I really do not feel like going through the methodology and breakdown of the two schools but I'd suggest you do before you claim people are misreading the study.
I also want to say that Northeastern is much more well regarded in Boston than their numbers would suggest. I also think Boston is a funny market and, while GW may be a big name everywhere else, Boston likes to recruit from local schools. Look at Suffolk, they probably place better in Boston then all but the top non-local T1's. Granted, NEU is a T2 but its numbers are high and I think part of the reason for its low numbers are its unconventional grading and curriculum structure. I think you have a tough decision but NEU is not one of those schools that you can just shoot off the "blahblahblah USNEWS ranking blahblahblah" arguments, esp. if you want to end up in Boston. Co-op alone could place you in positions GW grads would envy. That being said, if you want out of NE I would definitely go with GW but if you want to stay in New England NEU is a serious contender and should be considered as such.