credit to just me for this reasoning, combined with my own commentary:
Ranking the schools by oppotunity and cost:
1. LSU - In state, it is the best option overall.
2. Southern - It's cheap and its a law degree. There isn't much else about it that is good, especially outside of Louisiana. I went there and hated almost every minute of it. But I got a law degree for right around $20k and like my job and practice.
3. Tulane/Loyola - These two costs way too much. If you are on full scholarship its a different story. Or, if money is no object to you and you want to practice in NOLA, these are clearly better choices than SULC.
None of the four La. schools will wow any out of state employer by themselves. You will need to be in the top 10 of your class for any large firm work. SULC, you probably need to be a minority and top 5 (persons, not %). I did have 3 exceptional classmates who started work out of law school for Sidley Austin in NYC. That is an outlier for SULC and cannot be expected on any regular occurence.
I'm not sure any of these schools offer any type of worthwile IP courses or educational track.
ETA: Just so I don't bag on SULC too hard, it is arguable who is better between SULC and Loyola from an academic standpoint. They are usually similar in terms of bar passage. Neither one lights the world on fire. Occasionally, SULC will jump Loyola in passage rate. I can't imagine the learning environment itself is up for debate. The proximity of the undergrad campus at SULC makes it a rough 3 years.
This post was edited on 1/21 at 2:49 pm