Don't got to a school b/c they have one cool prof. That's lame. No matter what you do, go to Tier 2. CalShitWest is a weeder school, meaning they will flunk out the bottom 1/3 at the end of 1L. Many people ignore this advice, but they soon find that it really does matter. There are a lot of smart students who if they went to a non-weeder tier 2 or tier 1, would have graduated peacefully and sit for the BAR. and a lot less stress to boot. A forced curve means that there are not enough seats in the 2L class and not enuff faculty, so they make 1L's compete like no tomorrow. It's not to make better attys, it's to raise rankings, and keep $$ from all the flunkees (about 1million a year) to improve the schools facilities. the justification is, oh, we gave them a chance. Horseshit. dont accept someone if you dont think they will pass 1st year. make them choose another career path. and dont steal their f-ing money.
if you got into a tier 2, which these days is very hard, you shouldnt throw that away. you're not buying a car, comparing which school "feels" better. you will get a better education at tier 2 (that's why they are tier 2) have far better experience, and maybe even a social life. at calshitwest you will work your ass off just to survive. and maybe have student steal your notes before finals, especially if you are one of the smart ones.
if tier 2 is in a state that you hate, then dont go, but only if you really hate that state. It is hard to go from a local school back home to practice b/c you have to take 2 BARs, and employers may be prejudice. But if you got into some well known national schools, attend and never look back. law school will affect your 1L experience, graduation, job offers, and future in law. as well as your SANITY. wouldn't you kick yourself in the ass if you chose Calshittier and were one of the unlucky ones, to owe all that $$ with no job, and you could had a solid, supportive career at tier 2?
dont go to a much lesser school b/c it's in pretty san diego. you're not a tourist. that's not your job. and who gives a *&^% about that 1 professor. @#!* him.
now which one sounds better?