tuco wrote:Any idea how Tulane stacks up compared to schools like Georgia and Alabama? I know it is lower ranked but it seems to carry more name recognition. I know that location is key among choosing which of these to attend, does anybody have any reasons aside from family connections (culture, job prospects) for choosing one over the others?
The answer to your question is complicated, so I'm going to try to break it down (while removing any bias).
Tulane historically, and continues to, place the vast majority of its graduates out of state. Before the economy tanked, only about 25% on average stayed. After the economy tanked, about 38% stay - but that will likely go back down. This is very important for several reasons:
1. Most students do not compete directly with each other for most jobs
2. Many employers, from large to midsize to small, across the US have encountered Tulane law graduates (and from my experiences, have fond impressions of them)
3. Many employers are aware that if they receive an application from Tulane law graduates, they may not receive many more during the same application cycle. Assuming that that applicant looks good on paper, that individual is competitive for the position.
That is generally what makes Tulane distinguishable from the other two schools you mentioned.
My only real complaint is that while Tulane attracts many top tier firms for OCI, it doesn't attract as many mid level firms For example in terms of Texas, the big 3 in Texas, Skadden (Texas), and other top flight Texas firms OCI here. However, many large (but slightly less prestigious) firms like Andrews Kruth and Bracewell and Giuliani do not. This is annoying to say the least, and this phenomena also takes place with firms in NYC, AL, MS, etc.
That also distinguishes Tulane from the other schools you mentioned.