Not sure if anyone is still interested in this thread, but here it goes.
I enrolled at Hastings in 2009, possibly the most competitive year in the last decade for LS applications, based on the grossly misrepresented employment figures/salaries and Hastings' traditional reputation; in the past it was a top 20 school. It was the biggest mistake of my life. Now I am 160K in debt, even with the roughly 10K per year I received in grants, and will be forced to move in with my parents until I can find steady work. I had a solid GPA (from Cal) and LSAT (3.6/165) and I didn't want to retake. What a mistake.
Hastings' reputation is on the decline. It's USN rank went from low 30s to high 40s in the last 4 years, and this year's entering class has substantially lower LSAT scores than the last. Unless a miracle takes place, Hastings will stay stuck in a negative feedback loop, likely dropping out of the top 50 on the basis of lower GPAs and LSAT scores. And unless you give really good head, either literally or figuratively, chances are a Hastings degree won't get you a good job in the bay area.
That's not to say Santa Clara is any better - it's worse, in terms of reputation among professionals/judges and quality of education. The only reason to pick Santa Clara over Hastings is a big scholarship and to avoid the dicks and disappointed elitists that inhabit Hastings. But that said, unless you can get a full ride or into a T14, there is really no point in going to law school, other than to stroke one's ego and possibly bang dumb b**ches easily impressed by a "lawyer." Balance the risk and reward. Don't make the same mistake I did. I nearly quit in the middle of 2L, but the debt was so crushing that it seemed a bigger waste to walk away owing 80K without a JD than just finishing and owing twice that. In retrospect that arguably was a poor decision, unless the job market drastically changes in the next year or so.
P.S. Irrespective of USN, very few professionals or judges in the bay (or in CA generally) regard Davis as better than Hastings; quite the opposite, actually. Davis is also a poor decision. F**k law school. Have fun paying some d-bag professor's excessive salary and know that you will be embarking on a life of penury.