I don't think you'd be crazy to choose Boalt, but I don't think it should be because you worry about your classmates at HLS being lame.
(also agree re your tangent. also agree re always something on the totem pole. If I could just be fine with my chosen career path then I wouldn't have to study at all for any class ever. I'm all set. But of course now it kinda sounds like clerking might be fun, blah blah blah. Argh. I hate this aspect of myself. So easily swayed to never get off the treadmill!)