Thought I might chime in here. I am a 2011 graduate of Chicago Kent. I did my first year in the day program and then switched to the night program for the next three years. This is kind of an unusual move, but I got offered an in-house position at the end of my first year and decided that it was in my best interest and my family's to make the move.
I was a nontrad student. I had been out of college for about 7 years when I came to Kent. I feel very strongly that my pre-law background helped get me my first job. My undergrad and graduate degrees are in engineering and I originally came to Kent to pursue Patent Law.
I graded onto Law Review at the end of my first year. I did not have time to take on any leadership roles on Law Review. While it is a time suck, it is not unmanageable, even while working full time.
I chose Kent because of the full ride they offered me. Like many others, I was afraid of losing that scholarship. It worked out for me, but I know a few people it did not work out for. I cannot confirm or deny whether Kent stacks the sections. My hunch is that they do not. We had a meeting for all those who graded onto Law Review and it seemed like the sections were fairly represented.
I did not participate in OCI, but the previous poster is correct that to even bid on the big firms you generally have to be in the top 10% with some requiring top 5%. Some of my good friends are working at large law firms, they were generally at the top of the class though. The one known exception is the EIC of Law Review who was profiled on Above the Law awhile back. He is now at Kirkland, but is certainly the exception. IIRC, his grades were somewhere around top-third. Many of my friends landed firm jobs only after receiving bar results. If you do have a technical background and are interested in Patent Law, it is a bit easier going. However, it is still tough, more and more people with technical degrees are coming to law school.
The faculty at Kent are extremely talented. One thing I particularly enjoyed is that some of the technical classes (Bankruptcy, Secured Transactions, Construction Law, Patent Law etc.) are taught by well known practicing attorneys, particularly the evening sections.
Once I graduated, I went Navy JAG. Looking back on it, I am happy I went to Kent. However, I have zero debt. I would agree with the general sentiment that it is a risky decision to attend Kent without a substantial scholarship. I have heard the same bad things about Tailor Lofts and even Presidential Towers. There are much cheaper places to live. Remember that $10k may not seem like a big deal when you are talking about the difference between $130k and $140k, but it is $10k. Anything you can do to keep the debt load down will pay off.