I am a CLS 1L so take what I say with a grain of salt. That said, I was debt-averse enough to stick with a substantial scholarship here instead of jumping on the HLS bandwagon off the waitlist, so perhaps I can be a bit more neutral than a typical CLS student.
I would advise you to ignore Jules (does anyone else think his posts reek of Kurama), but he does have one extremely valid point. No one can fully comprehend what it means to borrow 160k-220k before repayment begins. I didn't read all of your posts here, but I am under the impression that you've worked/paid taxes/took care of yourself before? Play around with some interest and monthly payment calculators - it will give you a taste of what's to come.
If you want to be a run-of-the-mill T14 graduate in a NLJ250 firm, Cornell appears (at least to me) to be a better choice. You have indicated, however, that you want different things, right? People talk about clerkships, academia, PI, government jobs, or regional practice as if they are ANY easier than biglaw. This is not true. Take a look at Cornell's 2009 placement stats. They placed exactly 1 person in PI. They also placed exactly 1 person in government, although it would be safe to assume there will be more after 1-2 years, when people who clerked/biglawed apply for DOJ Honors and other posts. They placed 7 people in "academia," but none was in a faculty track. 1 is getting an advanced degree, and 6 are doing "research," whatever that means. If some of those people are doing these 2-year pre-tenure-track training programs, then that counts. But the chart is unclear. The point I am trying to make is that if you are really committed to doing something other than biglaw, every little advantage counts. Obviously, I don't have the 2009 PI/government/clerkship/academia chart from Columbia to make a solid case that it does any better than Cornell, but I would bet my money (well, I have negative wealth these days, so let's say the entirety of my Columbia scholarship) on it. Are these advantages worth 160k? What about 120k? What about 0k but with career restrictions (LRAP)? Maybe, maybe not. But that is a personal calculus. No one here can tell you what to do.
I can only tell you that even though I've done very well at Columbia, I sometimes wonder whether I should have gone to HLS after all.