Please do not make a decision on where to attend law school based on U.S. Rankings.
Nobody cares about the rank difference between USD, Hastings, or Chapman.
Additionally, the rankings change drastically year by year. See this chart from 2009-2014 showing law school rankings. http://www.top-law-schools.com/rankings.html
Hastings for example was 39th 5 years ago and now they are in a multipe way tie for 54th. Nothing has changed at that school I have been in the SF legal market since 2009 and Hastings is a well respected school in San Francisco. People that make hiring decisions don't look at the U.S. News Rankings.
If you were talking Harvard or Yale then yes the rank makes a difference, but none of these schools are amazing.
I cannot stress enough how many bad decisions are made based on U.S. News rankings. Remember it is a for-profit unregulated magazine offering an opinion nothing more nothing less. According to U.S. News Alberqueue, New Mexico is the #1 place to live. See link http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/real-estate/articles/2009/06/08/best-places-to-live-2009
. However, I imagine you are not going to move to Albuquerque because U.S. News says it is #1 . It would be crazy to make a life altering decision based on a magazine right?
Same thing applies to making the 3 year, $100,000 +, career altering decision don't let a magazine make this decision for you.
In conclusion if you want to be in L.A. attend law school in L.A. Again, Southwestern, Chapman, Loyola would be solid options.
If you ultimately want to end up in L.A. you will have more job opportunities if you attend law school in L.A. Your professors will be in L.A. you will get internships in L.A. there will be more alumni in L.A.
If you want to be in San Diego attend law school in San Diego.
Any ABA law school will provide you with a quality legal education, but none guarantee you a job. Rankings mean very little and simply apply common sense when choosing your school don't listen to magazines or even anonymous internet posters such as myself.
If you want to be a lawyer in L.A. my two cents is going to law school in L.A. You also preferably like to pay less for the same thing. Any of these schools will provide you with a J.D. and the opportunity to sit for the California Bar Exam you can pay $100,000 more at X school or $100,000 less to be in the same spot.
Of course if you were attending a school known nationwide this might be a different conversation, but Hastings, USD, Chapman, etc are fine schools, but nobody in L.A. is going to go out of their way to recruit a San Diego student there are already 7 or 8 law schools in L.A.