There are two options:
1. you get into a top 14 school. If you get into one of these schools then you go there regardless. The legal world is extremely snobby and credential conscious, so if you go to one of these schools it will make your career a lot easier. It will give you a shot at "BIG LAW" and even if you miss that shot, you will still have more opportunities if you go to one of these schools.
2. (or the CTGuy choice) if you are not smart enough/able to go top 14, then I will tell you what I would do if I could do it over again. I would look for a state university that is nationally known. This sounds stupid, but a school that is nationally known even having for a great basketball team fits this criteria. I would chose one in an area where cost of living is moderately low, while still having access to some civilization where you will be able to find part time jobs/clerkships/associateships.
My post law school experience has been that guys I have worked with who went to some subpar state law schools do just as well as someone like me who went to a subpar private school (and they have less debt!!!!). As dumb as it is, plenty of managers aren't looking at the rankings that closely. They know UNC, UNLV, etc because they are national names and they assume you didn't go to University of Phoenix or American Somoa Law. In many ways you are better off than your competition that went to an unknown, better ranked private school. On the upside you will have less debt if you went state school, even if you are not in state. This may seem like not a big deal now, but believe me it is incredibly important later. Same reasoning for the cost of living. The further your dollars go for cost of living the better. You will borrow less and have a better quality of life while in school, which I think leads to less stress and better grades.
Finally, while I say go someplace low cost, I wouldn't go to North Dakota. You'll probably want part time opportunities, clerkships, etc while in school (I did) and you need some kind of civilization nearby.
I know the standard advice is to go to school where you want to practice, but I just don't agree any more. I think the landscape of things has really changed, especially in this economy. Your own personal/family contacts are WAY more important than any contacts you make at school.