USD without thinking, assuming you care about jobs.
At USD, you can (with effort) get a job on the east coast, interview on campus at all of the top SD/OC firms (plus a lot of LA firms mixed in). At Cal Western, if you're in the top 10% you're assured of nothing. Top 10% at USD writes its own ticket locally, and can move you nationally (again with work).
Also, there's a good chance that USD, over the next 20 or so years, will become a top 30 school. (It's faculty is already in the top 25) It's in a very desirable location, it's the major player in a huge area (Mexico border to UCLA), etc. What is holding it down is student rankings which are based on, as you mentioned, a poor career services. The new dean has fired everyone in career services, and the new staff will be complete this summer. Whether or not this changes anything remains to be seen, but at least it's movement and recognition of the problem.
Since I see you are currently at USD, are you saying that Cal Western grads haven't got a chance in the SD market? Since that's where I'm going next year I find that really disappointing...
well thats not true. i dont see thousands of destitute cal west and tjsl grads on the streets. I think the point is, rankings aside, usd is the most estblished school in sd when it comes to law. i would bet most ppl would automatically think of usd if you said you were going to law school in sd (that is if they live in sd, i have relatives in la and sf who only know that the uc's, usc and stanford have law schools. i believe this is very representative of ppl's preceptions when it comes ot ca law schools). having a recognized name in your region brings a level of confidence to your future employers and will open up more doors.
this has been said many times though, job prospects are all dependent on how well you do in school, what innate charm you have to open your own doors, etc, etc. i would say the one advantage of usd in san diego is name recognition, after that you're pretty much on your own. usd is no harvard or even ucla where the name blinds ppl into submission. its all in the work you put in. that being said, i doubt cal western would have the name cache to travel to even oc or la.