I think a lot of people are open on this thread are open to a wide variety of career prospects and school locations, so I will try to briefly summarize the rough decision metric that I used to guide me in deciding on a law school. This is from memory because I don't have my spreadsheet on this computer, but I think it gets the general idea across.
I took a variety of factors that were important to me. I then color coded my spreadsheet (green, yellow, red). 2 points for green, 1 for yellow, 0 for red. When there was a spectrum (like cost or ranking) I roughly divided into thirds using larger "jumps" to mark the barriers between categories. When the values were more discrete (like location), I used a more qualitative barrier. When I totaled up the points, it was actually a pretty accurate assessment of what my preferred schools were. At that point, I let my school visits and other "intangibles" guide my decision among my top schools.
I think this was a very helpful thought experiment that really forced me to consider what the strengths of each school were. I've listed some of the criteria below.
For me those were:
Total cost of living (tuition - scholarship + estimated COL) per year
Median starting salary upon graduation (over 100k "green")
Rank (I think top 40 were "green", up to 60 "yellow")
Location of school (for me I liked preferred big legal markets on the coast, so NYC, DC, LA got "green"; Boston, Chi got "yellow", midwest, south got "red")
Whether the schools had a ranked economics program (since I was considering dual law/econ degree) (unranked econ programs that were still part of university got "yellow")
Same thing w/ enviro. studies in areas of interest to me.
This was tempered by some sort of category of whether or not they allowed dual degrees.
I also used some other rankings systems that ranked top XX schools in certain areas that I thought I was interested in.
I think that this model can be helpful, and it is also infinitely adaptable to individual situations (e.g. interested in big law would have more categories on average salary, Vault rankings; gov't / pub. interest folks could rate LRAP, job placement, pub. sector salaries; academics could use clerkships, academic placements; ppl who think they'll be in the top of their class could use transferability, 75th percentile salaries; etc.)
I know a lot of you have probably already moved beyond the point where this would be helpful (Veritas is obviously looking for more detailed info than such a rough analysis could provide). And there were some definite veto factors: though UGA came up high on my rankings, it really only places ppl in GA's market, so that was out.
Hope that helps someone