Yea if you know where you want to end up go to school in that location. I am assuming you will get in-state tuition at Rutgers if not Howard will be 10k a year cheaper, which is something to consider. Howard is 23k a year and Rutgers in-state is 23k. Cardozo is 42k a year, which is steep. I am far from an expert in New York Law Schools, but I don't know how much better Cardozo is than Rutgers. I don't know if it would be worth 60k more a year to go to Cardozo with so many other top schools in the NY area.
When choosing a non T-14 school, which you go to period. These are the factors I think you consider.
1. Location-if you know where you want to live then best bet is to go to school in that location. If there is a regional ranking try to attend the most respected school in the region.
2. Cost- If one school is 4th place in their market and the 6th place school in the area will be 80,000 cheaper it might be better to attend the 6th place school in the area.
3. Any Personal Interests: If you want to or think you want to do employment law for example and one school offers employment law, labor law, has an employment law clinic then that could be a tie breaker. You can look at the course schedule of any school and see what courses and clinics they offer.
4. Subjective Viewpoint: Visit the schools and see how you feel about each one certain places give you a good feel others do not. When I was choosing my school I visited 8 places some school impressed me with their administrators etc others did not. There was also just a feel you could see by how students interacted with eachother. Some people might like a cut-throat environment and others might like a more relaxed atmosphere. This is really subjective and something only you can get a grasp on, but you need to experience it first hand. No website or second hand knowledge will suffice.