Congratulations! It's funny that a school would make a claim that they expect to be rated a tier 2 school soon.
I also have two choices..Santa Clara & UOP McGeorge. McGeorge has offered a $15K/year scholarship for all three years if I stay in the top 30% of the class. That would cut my tuition in half. Santa Clara is offering no financial incentive.
I have a BA in Microbiology and ten years of work experience at a biotech company. My interests are corporate, financial, & IP law.
After making my lists of Pros & Cons, I believe that SCU would be the better choice. Its IP program is ranked 9 in the nation. Stanford is ranked 8. The school is located in Silicon Valley & Biotech Bay. For a biology person, South San Francisco & Mountain View are perfect places to look for summer positions or a career after graduation. SCU recognize the importance of biotech and offers a biotech fellowship.
LA really lacks a biotech community. Pepperdine doesn't seem to meet your needs..biotech IP lawyer.
I will be making my deposit at SCU. Fortunately, I have friends in the Bay Area who were able to put me in contact with their friends who went to SCU School of Law. Most are very successful and feel they can compete with students from Boalt & Stanford.
Best of luck.