Seriously weighing Tulane and have 2 questions.
1) Do students typically work in Nola in the summers?
2) How portable is the school? When I visited and talked to admissions, they said a good number of students leave after graduation to Cali and NY.
From what i've gathered it seems like there are a fair number of students, especially "locals," that tend to stay in New Orleans for summer work. I'm sure if your grades are there you could get a job in another market though.
I've heard the same thing you've heard on post-grad employment. However, it seems like people are having a much harder time finding work outside the school's region with the shaky economy. Again, if your grades are there it shouldn't be a show stopper, but schools outside the T14 don't really have nationwide prestige. Depending on the market you want to practice in you may be better at a school in that region.