Aberzombie, care to elaborate on your experiences at this school, particularly on the job prospects? And what can you say , if anything, on how out of staters are viewed when job hunting?
Public interest/government - After the economy tanked, there were fewer positions nationwide and so the school has taken efforts to build Tulane's connections in the city beyond the private sector. So far, it has done a very good job of that - there are many more public interest, city gov. and state gov. employers actively interested in Tulane graduates that, in the past, wouldn't have bothered as the vast majority of Tulane graduates leave (which is still true even now - 40% of the class of 2010 didn't work in Louisiana, Texas, or New York).
Private sector - The private legal market here is pretty small compared to markets in large cities, as the big firms here only take around 10-15 summer associates. Fortunately, New Orleans was not hit as hard as other large cities, and so the legal market here has been pretty steady or growing. OCI is pretty impressive for a school located in a secondary market - but please note that most mid/big law firm OCI employers are generally interested in top 33% candidates. Other candidates mass mail, and are generally successful at it.
Out of staters - They are generally welcomed. I wouldn't recommend taking Louisiana law courses unless you are going to target smaller firms here, as most bigger employers/out of state employers don't really care. If you have no ties, but would like to stay - work in the city during 1L summer and fall/spring 2L. That really would be enough of a tie to win over most of the more conservative employers.
Hey, if you're still answering questions, what is it like navigating New Orleans? Is getting to school and around the city safely ever a problem? My wife and I have been to New Orleans for Saints games, but we've never traveled through any of the residential areas.
While most students stay within a 1 mile radius of campus, I live 3.5 miles away from campus (but I don't have to get on the interstate) and have been exposed to a lot more of the city on a day to day basis. Safety has never been an issue for me or anyone I know, and once you have been here for awhile, navigating will be second nature as the city is similar to a large circle - if you go in one direction long enough, you will run into a road you know. Also, I would highly suggest staying somewhere that would not require getting on the interstate, as traffic in the mornings and evenings on I-10 is ridiculous.
Let me know if there are any other questions.