This is some general advice that I have heard. In regards to rankings, if you get into a top 25, then go--you can get a job anywhere. Once you go beyond that, you should look for a school in the area you want to practice if that is important to you. This does seem important to you, and you just stated that tons of firms interview at Santa Clara, so I think you have your answer. I am from the NYC area, and my boyfriend lives 4 blocks from Fordham law. I have to admit that being in NY would be a great experience, and Fordham's reputation in this area is very good. It is a very competitive to get in, so congratulations on getting in, but at the same time, it might not be the best school to choose if you want to live on the West Coast. I think that if you are not concerned with the rankings then you should go to Santa Clara.