Do not make your decision on the basis on rank, especially because the ranks for Albany and Syracuse are not all that different. In 2004 Albany was ranked 100 by US News while Syracuse was 97. Neither school was ranked in the top 100 in 2005. In the latest ranking Syracuse ranks 95. In terms of the median starting private salary, according to ILRG, Albany comes in at 43k while Syracuse commands 60k (the higher salary at Syracuse loosely supports my claim that Syracuse is more national than Albany even though the legal market in Albany is probably better than Syracuse). If you are looking for mobility you must graduate in the top quartile of your class. Better yet, graduate in the top 5 to 10 percent of your class or transfer after your first year. Interestingly, I know two law graduates of Georgetown that transferred there from Albany. Again, if money is not a factor, go to the area that you prefer because Albany and Syracuse are not that different in terms of future opportunity.