All schools are misleading with their statistics. This is what LSAC says regarding Western State's bar passage
Bar Passage Rateshttp://www.lsac.org/LSACResources/Publications/2010OG/aba4969.pdf
First-time takers 98 Reporting % 100.00
Average school % 45.91 Average state % 72.47
Average pass difference –26.56
Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State % Diff %
California 85 34 40.00 71.15 –31.15
Colorado 3 3 100.00 78.58 21.42
New Jersey 3 2 66.67 81.81 –15.14
Arizona 1 1 100.00 78.78 21.22
Others (6) 6 5 83.33
In California 85 people took the bar 34 passed. In Other states wherever those may be 6 people took the bar and 5 passed, but that is an irrelevant sample size. I assume Western State used this and said they had an 83% bar passage rate in other states. One thing you will learn in law school and in this whole admissions process is to seep through the B.S. Always remember the source you are getting your information from. LSAC is a neutral reporter and those statistics make sense. Western State wants your money and they will use facts that help them and hide ones that don't.
Now none of this means Western State is an awful school. The bar is a standardized test that has a lot to do with the individual and 34 out of 85 people did pass the California Bar. It can certainly be done, but that is very low by ABA standards and may result in them being on probation if they are actually fully ABA approved. I am not trying to completely trash Western State again I know people that have succeeded from there, but I would recommend schools that are fully accredited and if I personally had the choice between Western State & Whittier I woudl choose Whittier. Whittier has had some problems as well, but they are a fully approved school. However, they are down to 51% bar passage.
I am just rambling and truth is I don't know much about either school, but I do know that either school can get you a bar ticket and you CAN have a legal career. One option you might try is e-mailing graduates of those schools. The Nevada State Bar lets you do an attorney search by school and you can e-mail these people and ask them questions about their experience. http://www.nvbar.org/findalawyer.asp
lawyers e-mails are in there and you won't lose anything by writing them. Most lawyers love to talk about themselves and would be happy to give you some advice etc.
Good luck to you!