Do you mind sharing what was your reasoning behind their reputations are both just as bad? Was it only because of their T-4 rank? Specialty rankings? or You actually know alot of people who have graduated from these schools and aren't that bright?
I've met people from Pace. The general consensus wasn't too positive from them.
I don't have a beef with T4 schools per-se. They are the right choice for some (maybe they are for you), but I always advise extreme caution when considering a T4 in an over-saturated market. Consider that Pace is something like the 7th or 8th best school is the city. You are pretty much last in the job line coming from there. The going rate for small-firm work these days in NYC is something like 40k- which is barely enough to live on let-alone live on AND pay full-fare loans. Consider that 80k/yr is pretty much the minimum you would need to make to service loans and live- and is a very unlikely salary to start. Although you may develop skills and start moving up the pay scale, the 40k start means a likely student loan default in your early years- which will compound interest and penalties for when your income gets to a sufficient level (not to mention destroy your credit).
Nova is slightly better in that respect because the market is a bit smaller and slightly less saturated. I'm not that familiar with the school itself, but I have heard of a lot of Florida attorneys looking down on any law school that isn't Florida, Florida St., or Miami.
As for specialty rankings, they are generally pretty meaningless.
Good luck with whatever you choose.