I have no idea about Missouri. I just imagine that if you're in the top 10% of your class you have more flexibility across state lines, especially if your school has some regional recognition. I'm not saying a top 10% CU grad is going to dominate over a Michigan State grad (in Michigan), or a Missouri grad (in Missouri)... just that if anyone is going to have a shot at competing with these state schools it'll be the top 10% and that this is in fact possible.
I think you might be technically right, but in a way that is similar to the admission dean for Mich saying 8 people were enrolled in the law school fellowship program when the nine month reporting date rolled around, instead of saying that 20% of the class had participated in the program.
You may be missing the point. I mean, it is hard to explain because hiring is so contextual. Yes, If you get top 10% from Tulane and have a real desire and reason to live in Michigan, maybe you can get a job there. Think something along the lines of "my fiancee is born and raised in Michigan and wants to live near her family." But even here, you are not at the front of the line over someone from MSU, and really someone in the top 10% from MSU with a similar story could (nearly) as easily convince an employer in NOLA to take a chance on them. It all depends on a lot of variables.
However, no matter what, to go from Tulane to Michigan without ties you would have to get really lucky. The far better bet for employment in Michigan would be to go to school at Michigan State, even though it is a "TTT." Even though MSU sucks, you could spend three years networking building and building/growing ties. You will have worked, even if for free, at a few PI places and maybe scored a hourly wage shitlaw job while in law school. This person would have a real network; if they continued to hustle, they would probably be able to find something legal/quasi legal. What would the Tulane grad to? I mean, even if he was marrying someone in the state, how big is her/their legal network in the state of Michigan? Any law school buddies that can get you on part-time at shitfirm on a project basis to pay the rent? I guess the Tulane guy could work really hard to spend his summers in Michigan, but then he would probably should just transfer to a school in Michigan.
Some people are more portable than others, but the basic rule is " go to law school where you want to practice. " Think about it-- even the portable Tulane grad who was lucky enough to score a jerb in Michigan probably could have gotten a better start on their legal career in NOLA.
I know a top 20% guy from UW who moved to Colorado for his wife job. He is a nice, normal looking dude who could have definitely had some good options in Seattle. In Colorado, he passed the bar and then sacked groceries at safeway for one year. He could never get a firm gig no matter what size, and eventually he went solo in real estate law. It has taken him ten years to become successful because he didn't know anyone, and of course he would have starved to death directly after quitting safeway had he not had money from his wife. Point is great grades prove that you are "smart enough" and likely a grinder, which is great but if you don't know anyone who could hire you aren't likely to get a job. Things would be different if there were more jobs, but we all know that's a laugh.