I would tend to agree. Consider this: Pepperdine is farther from the major firms in LA, too. If you are going to attend Pepperdine, it's going to cost more to live in or around Malibu, unless you live on campus. I don't know what their room and board costs at Pepperdine, but I'm sure it is not cheap. In either case, the major firms in CA probably recruit more heavily out of USC, UCLA, Berkeley & Stanford. Grads from Hastings and Davis would have their pick of jobs before Loyola and Pepperdine grads, with the exception of the top say 10-15% of the class. At least Loyola students are close to major LA firms and courts. Both are decent schools, though. I'm not sure that one school is drastically better than the other. I think Loyola is slightly more cost effective, though.