Don't be so obsessed with tier. Just go to the law school that you think will provide you with the best education, whether it be Tier 1 or 4. Do not let the editors of U.S. News navigate your moves. These rankings don't mean much. Most of it is political. Keep an open mind and visit numerous schools, without regard to Tier. You'll be alot happier.
I couldn't agree more. There are so many more factors to consider than the tier of the school.
If you want to practice in a certain area, such as close to home, etc., look at the local law schools, regardless of their tier. The closer the school is to the region you'd like to practice in, the better the reputation the school has in the area.
Also, everyone gets so hung up on tiers and forgets a few major points. So you go to tier 1 school. Unless you can manage the top 10% of your graduating class, it doesn't matter. You need to get involved in activities including moot court, law review, etc., activities that are available at all law schools. The percentage you graduated in your class as well as your activities are extremely important. That's what's going to shine after law school.