mattviphky wrote:overall is it a nice city? would you be happy settling there after law school and raising a family?
Definitely. What I love about New Orleans is the sheer amount of cultural diversity. The environment of the city changes in each neighborhood. If you want a more authentic New Orleans feel to your surroundings, there's the Bywater neighborhood. If you're a little less into the...grungy...feel, there's always Uptown or the suburb of Metairie. And then there's dozens of other neighborhoods all with their own feel. There's always something happening for entertainment and it's basically impossible to ever be bored.
As I've been repeatedly told, if you're aiming to stay in New Orleans and you aren't from here, then you better start making ties with the community once you arrive. Take some civil law courses, volunteer in the community, do your summer internships here -- really show employers that you aren't going to bail out of New Orleans the first chance you get.
And speaking of law school down here, the thing to keep in mind is that Louisiana is the only civil law jurisdiction in the country. Tulane offers both a civil law and common law track, the latter being the most popular. If you choose the civil route, you'll take some courses that are geared toward that specific type of law, but you'll still take loads of common law courses as well.
You make the civil/common choice toward the end of your first semester. It's apparently easier to hop from the civil route to the common route if you decide to leave the state, but it's a little rougher transition to go common to civil (a lot of classes to make up). I just signed up for the civil route. I figure it can only help me in the long run. If I decide to leave the state, then I still have a load of common law experience as well as an interesting comparative law perspective to put on my resume.