With regard to the above discussion about lay prestige:
I attended one of BU and GWU for undergrad. As an undergraduate at that institution, I honestly knew nothing about the law school. When I met a law student, I figured they did shitty on their LSAT or got poor grades and ended up there. Granted, I was never a "pre-law" person, so I never had any insight at all into law schools until well after I had graduated.
Why was this my mentality? I thought of my own undergrad as "nothing special." As in, not a toilet university, but basically of the same caliber of any random SUNY school except ludicrously expensive. I still think this way about my UG - I actually attended there because I thought it would be easy to rise above everyone else while slacking off, and turned down several top5 engineering schools (i was an EE). My plan worked and I don't regret it, but I think my opinion of my own UG was shared by most of my classmates.
So, just giving my 2 cents, the lay prestige of the law schools is apparently equivalent to that of the UG programs, which isn't that great. Coming from an alumnus of one of these schools.
That being said, I'd be perfectly happy/thrilled to attend either of these schools
. As it turns out, their Law programs are top notch!