i disagree a bit with the previous poster re: reputation. hastings' rep is awesome, particularly in the bay area, and i feel it would have a greater impact than Santa Clara's in NYC.
we're someone in the same boat - in at hastings, 18K at SCU....
but i'm a native san franciscan so the idea of living in silicon valley doesn't really appeal to me.
hastings civ lit program is awesome, plus it would be easier to get summer associate positions in the city through them. visit the campuses. talk to "real" students (not just tour guides, etc.) and see what feels better.
oh, and i feel you on the boalt factor. i'm scared to check my mail for the rejection letter...
yay for people in the same boat as me!! hell, until today i didn't even know which of my accepted schools to drop (there are only 6 slots for school codes on the FAFSA).
uc hastings you can use a macbook + win xp (via bootcamp) to take laptop exams. at SCU, you can use it in class, but not during exams (because boot camp is in "beta"). however, the deans are going to re-evaluate that policy in summer '07. also, apple is most likely going to release OSX Leopard in mid-June (at the WWDC), where BootCamp should finally be a final version. i'd rather have a macbook than a PC laptop. but i don't want THAT to be my deciding factor, haha. oi... =/