In response to chicken's question:
if u guys had a choice between going to a local school that is ranked lower(but has a high chance of placing u in that city)
a higher ranked school out of state(which can still place u in the city u want but maybe it is not as high as the local school) but with a clearly superior education....which would u choose?
I would probably choose the school with the most financial aid because I don't rely too much on US News and World Report's so called "rankings." Plus, if I went to a local school, I could stay where I'm at and not have to worry about making housing arrangements.
HOWEVER, if I had a choice between a "national" school (like Stanford, NYU, Harvard, Yale) or a "local" school (like Houston, UNC, Miami, Washington University, LSU) I would probably choose the national school. Only because I'm not sure where I want to work after I finish law school. Also, "national" schools are pretty good about finding jobs for their students.
Although, if a "local" school offered me a lot of scholarships or, even, a full tuition waiver, I would give it more consideration.