No, actually, I haven't visited the campus. I don't have the money or the opportunity to take off from work right now to go there during the week (when the offices would be open, and I could speak to people, etc.).
Money, unfortunately, has become the overriding factor in the decision. Going to Hastings would put me into more credit card debt. It'd be the only way I'd be able to afford the move, but since credit card payments can't be deferred like Staffords, I'd be saddled with that expense in addition to rent, car payment, other various and sundry expenses -- all this while trying to do well in my first year in law school in a city with which I'm completely unfamiliar.
I worry -- with good cause, I believe -- that going to Hastings might prove to be too much for me to take on financially. Even though I'd probably stand a better chance of getting a better job if I graduated from Hastings, the major problem is the issue of the moving expenses right now and the expenses I'd accrue during the school year.
Unless there's some sort of drastic change in my financial situation (where's Ed McMahon when you need him?), it's very likely that I'll be going to my third-tier. With any luck, I'll do well and make good contacts for the future.
Thanks again to everyone who chimed in with their suggestions and advice!