Scratch that. Never mind. Just read the news post.
I agree with everyone above, and would add this: at a tier 4, you won't have any margin for error. In fact, I think top 25%, while a great accomplishment, does not vastly improve your ability to get jobs. You need to be like top 10%. If you go to the tier two, and you work hard, I don't think your LSAT will matter. If you go to the tier 4, and you have a bad year, and end up in the middle of the class, now you're really behind the 8-ball. And if you have a really bad year, at the tier two you're near the bottom of the class, and at the tier 4 you might be out of law school.
People with law degrees get jobs. You do not need to be in the top 10% of a Tier 4 to get a job. Of course it will be EASIER to get a job in the top 10%, but according to the numbers I've seen, even the worst students at the worst law schools eventually get a job. Will you be making $150k right out of school graduating in the bottom quarter at say...Nova or Touro? No. Then again, you probably won't be making $150k graduating in the top 10% at either of those schools.
With everything being equal, go to the T2 over the T4. The caliber of the AVERAGE student probably won't be drastically different. The real difference will probably be at the top, where in T2s you have people who got into a BU or a Cornell and took the scholarship money at the T2. Those people aren't going to drop to a T4.
"For the record, as one who has lived in SoCal, I call shenanigans on any "beaches" not next to an "ocean". Lake Michigan doesn't count, land-lubbers."
lake michigan has beaches. there is sand, life guards, volleyball, people sun-bathing, swimming, building castles, etc. in short, it's definately a beach. i'm not saying i'd rather swim in lake michigan than the pacific BUT i can't see what wouldn't qualify the fine beaches of lake michigan as beaches.
AND i grew up near the ocean... so i don't want to hear any snobby costal attitude.