Where you want to live shouldn't be a decider as to which law school you attend. That is unless you want to stay in a particular area and then a strong regional school could be your best bet. The quality of life in Minnesota is so much better than in Nashville. All the buildings in Minn are smoke free so you don't have to feel like you are going to die from second hand smoke everytime you go out to eat. The restaurant I went to in Nashville had air so thick of smoke I could barely breathe, and that was in the nonsmoking section!It may be cold during the winters in Minnesota, but Nashville gets bloody hot in the summer.
Considering you wanted to work in a firm, but not necessarily BIG LAW, but still wanted to make 90K+ starting out, which would be the better school?Slight preference towards Southwest/Mountain region after lawschool.
Yes it should. If you are not happy where you are, you are less likely to succeed.