location should be the single most important factor in my decision.
Hasn't affected my decision at all. Talking to many mid and biglaw hiring partners has opened my eyes to the fact that, since I won't be going to a t14, location should be the single most important factor in my decision. It sounds like you are in the same boat as me. Don't let USNews choose your law school for you.
I have absolutely no idea where I want to eventually live (and practice), so I can't really base my decision on location. One thing is for sure...after visiting the Penn State campus, I think that has dropped to one of my last choices...(funny too, since my luck will probably include me getting dinged everywhere BUT there...lol)Oh well. Rankings aren't as important as atmosphere, and if the school seems like a good fit. Unfortunately, if I get any acceptances back (still waiting), I probably won't have the funds (or the time) to check out the school before deciding. So I'm stuck with looking at rankings, and message boards where hopefully I can talk to people at those schools.Wish I knew where I wanted to live when I finish law school...would have made the process easier