Nothern Girl, while I admire your candor I have to strongly disagree with you on several points.
First of all, location. Seton Hall and Rutgers Newark are literally 3 blocks from each other. Seton Hall is at Raymond between Broad and Mulberry and Rutgers is at Raymond and Washington. The "ghetto" as you call it does not stop at Broad street as you imply. (some may argue that the entire city of newark is a ghetto...but that's an entirely different debate)
Secondly, as far as the social context is concerend, Rutgers has a very social atmosphere that extends from the fact that it is associated with a major university campus and also the fact that it is located in an actual law school, as opposed to a few floors of an office building like Seton Hall. The student organizations are very active and there is always something going on either at the law school itself or next door with the undergrads.
As far as facilities the 2 schools are similar in quality. Seton Hall, while located in an office building, does have very nice interior and state of the art design for their classrooms and library and I hear they are planning to undertak a little remodelling in the near future. Rutgers Law School's new building itself was just recently constructed in 1999 so it has similar state of the art capabilities and a very large 3 story library with plenty of space.
What Northern Girl said about Bar Passage rates is true. Seton Halls' is higher than Rutgers and higher than the state average. But where Rutgers falls shy in bar passage rate they make up for it in job placement. Rutgers has a better repuation with the law firms in both the NJ and NY area, as evidenced by their higher average starting salaries. Seton Hall hovers around 80-85k starting in the private sector, while Rutgers hovers around 100-105k starting.http://www.ilrg.com/rankings/law/median.php/2/asc/LawSchool
The difference between the reputation of the two schools is murky today, but it has not been such a gray area historically. Law firms, lawyers and judges are very familiar with the rankings during their time in which there was a clear distinction between Rutgers and Seton Hall. In fact, as recently as 15 years ago, Rutgers was a tier 1 law school, ranked at #40 in 1990, #41 in 1995, and #42 in 1996. However, Rutgers has continued to commit themsleves to public advocacy, minority recruitent, and admitting students with life experience (as opposed to LSAT scores) which are not elements held in high regard by USNews & World Report today, thus the tier 2 ranking. To my knowledge, Seton Hall has never been a tier 1 law school.
jfk2 - you take price out of the equation which is the largest substantive difference between the two schools IMHO.
I'll echo Northern Girl and say that they are both good schools and you really can't go wrong with either one.