Not getting aid from either, which I've come to terms with. PI emphasis. What concerns me is the versatility of degrees across the nation. To offer a further explanation, I am an east coaster that has just spent the last 8 years in California. I’ve noticed that they both have a small percentage of graduates that end up on the Pacific Coast, which is understandable considering the scarcity of internships. I am willing, however, to put forth the effort in finding my own California based internships. Please keep in mind that I am a first generation anything and that all of this is new territory for me.
Thanks for the help
If no aid from either (as you mentioned), then I would 1) consider retaking the LSAT if you have only taken it once (or even twice) to give you stronger options, or 2) decide if you would be happier living in NJ area or DC area during and after law school. You are taking some risk by attending either of these at sticker, though I am not necessarily as pessimistic at this point as some who would categorically tell you not to go to either of these at full price. It is a risk though, and might not work out well for you IMO.
But all other things equal (i.e. no strong preference for DC area or NJ), American is the better school.