It all depends on what you are looking for. If you want to attend a school with a national reputation that never forces you to defend your education, look at the top 15. Other than those pretigious schools on the top of the US News Rankings, reputation depends on the area. For example, in Philadelphia, Temple and Villanova are very well respected. Graduates from those schools place well in the Philly Metro area and garner nice starting salaries. Hell, the senior US Senator from PA is a Villanova grad. However, in San Francisco a Temple or Villanova degree might not get you very far because of the unfamilarity of their programs and a lack of experience with their graduates. So, if you already know where you want to practice and do not have the stats for a top Tier 1 school, look at the area schools and go from there.