Living Legend:I've read your posts about this several times, and you don't address the real question: Do employers care about the rankings?That's the question. If employers do care, then all your argument about the best place to live is completely bogus.
For example, I live in Los Angeles, and I can safely say that a degree from any one of the schools mentioned by the OP would be viewed as roughly equal by most LA firms. At the big LA firms (where rankings definitely matter) none of those schools would be considered prestigious enough to get the OP an interview based on pedigree alone.
If Biglaw or Midlaw is your goal, it's stupid not to consider ranking. Should it be considered above location or cost? No. But many employers do care about it.
Ranking is important for maybe the T25. After that it becomes completely irrelevant.