Hastings ($$$) over USC (no money)
their career prospects are close enough and USC is wayyyyy too overpriced. the reason USC got a decent percentage of people in NLJ250 firms is because they cut down their class size and they already have a few people going into NLJ250 firms because of their summer internship program. the people that got into that program would have gotten into T10s anyway. even then, their percentage lags behind the T14 by a good margin.
i know several people from both Hastings and USC. all above median, all with biglaw jobs except the ones from USC have more debt. i wouldn't pay full price for a private school with so-so career placement
oh yeah, US News puts Hastings above USC for judge/lawyer assessment and i got the same vibe when talking to judges that Hastings has a better rep than USC. for biglaw though, USC wins out...but not by THAT much
how about Vandy? did you get in there? you should consider Vandy if you got in. they do well outside of the T14 and have a good rep for biglaw and judges