The above is painfully stupid.
Now, while Georgetown has a better national name, it is not necessarily a better school for what you want to practice, where you want to practice it. Spending substantially more money to go there and live in DC when you will probably end up back in California with the same job you would have gotten otherwise doesn't make a lot of sense. I don't really know much about Hastings' placement in CA, but I don't think either choice will hurt you, and unless you're very concerned with your school having a national brand-name, I don't think G'Town will really help you.
He wants to practice IP law in southern california. His chances of getting there with a Georgetown JD are far higher than with a Hastings one. The extra couple thousand dollars in tuition will be meaningless considering the higher earnings potential. There's nothing 'painfully stupid' about it.