I'll be more specific: I really liked the school, program, and atmosphere at Wisconsin, but I'm concerned that turning down a better-ranked school like WUSTL would be a bad mistake. In other words, the only reason I'd go to WUSTL is because of the rank (I'd be happy there too, though). Thoughts anyone?
UW-Mad, will also open up doors in the Chicago area...although you would be competing with UC and NW.
I would choose UW-Mad if you plan to stay in Wisconsin. Otherwise, WUSTL would be a better choice. NLJ 250 placement is about 15% better at WUSTL and they place about 2-3 times as many Federal clerks. I think UW-Mad and WUSTL have about the same laymen's prestige, although WUSTL is known as a more selective and prestigious school by professionals. While I was not crazy about the law school facilities at UW-Mad, there is no doubt that Madison is a great college town. Another slight concern might be the different trajectories of the schools- WUSTL has generally been on the rise while UW-Mad has been falling.I would choose WUSTL, but you have to weigh your own interests.