no location is the most important factor and the U.S. news rankings are a complete scam disapproved by the ABA, LSAC, and even AALS. Honestly if New York is where you went to be then go to law school in New York simple as that.
I was probably a little to harsh on the rankings had he/she gotten into Penn instead of Pitt then location would not matter, but I think dealing with difference between tier 2, 3, and 4 location is what matters. However, if you can go to somewhere in the Ivy League or an ELITE school Georgetown, NYU, Stanford, then by all means go because it will open all kinds of doors.
I would imagine that's true and why location is so important when choosing a school. I have no problem getting jobsinternships in San Francisco from my tier 4 because it is located in San Francisco. Everybody I interview with went to a bay area school and I have probably gone on 15 interviews and meet 50 different lawyers and all but two of the attorneys I met did not go to bay area schools. When I worked in New York 95% of the lawyers went to NY law schools. CUNY, Touro, Hofstra, Brooklyn, NYU, Cardozo, Rutgers, Seton Hall, down the line and not one person from a California school worked in my department in New York. People in New York really look out for New Yorkers I mean it is just the way it is. Bottom line is whatever school you end up going to the odds are about 90% you will end up in the location you go to school. Regardless of school ranking etc. If you know where you want to live then go to school there, if you really don't care at all where you end up then go to the best school you can get into. Like the poster above said Pittsburgh lawyers look out for Pitt graduates it makes perfect sense. I am sure in Spokane a degree from Gonzaga might have more pull than a degree from a fairly well ranked school like Hastings or Cardozo, because I imagine people in Spokane like Gonzaga, because it is in Spokane.
Go wherever you want. It all adds up to the same degree.