As someone that goes to Hofstra, I'd definitely say go to Hofstra over those schools. Not only is the scholarship good, but the cost of living in long island is much cheaper than the city. Also, as much as ranking matters, Hofstra is in the top 100 and there has been much improvement in the bar passage rate and an increase in post-graduation employment (from the previous year, who knows what its going to be like because of the economy, but that goes for all schools). If you have any questions let me know. Also, see the posting "1L at Hofstra Willing to take questions" that I started.