Nashville is a great town. If you are considering practicing in the deep South, go Vandy. East coast, a toss up perhaps -- go with what you would LIKE to do. And of course these boards will tell you that for bigfirm life in big cities, every peg on the ranking board counts. Take that advice for what it costs you. Finally, if you are really torn, then always go cheaper. Having 40k less of debt at graduation will open up a lot of job options.