yes, Tulane is the clear choice if you're looking to do well in the south and it really should not be a tough decision.As far as national schools outside of the t14, there are only a couple of truly "national" schools based on employment statistics:Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and then you might be able to make a case for WUSTL.That is NOT to say that degrees from UT, UCLA, USC, etc do not travel well, just that most of those graduates stay in the area (probably mostly due to self-selection).
Tulane is not a national law school. As someone who considered Tulane when applying to law schools and has had experience with biglaw in the Northeast, I would not consider it national in the least. The Top 14 schools are the truly national schools and that is that. Super-regional schools (schools that do very well in their region and well nationally if you are, say, top third...probably top 10%) would include schools such as Vandy, USC, UCLA, Texas, ND, WUSTL, BU, BC and GW. I may be missing one or two there.While Tulane does usually do better for job prospects than those schools located around it, do not attend the school simply because you beleve the degree is portable anywhere. This rabid Tulane trolling needs to stop. In this economy, a T2 is not necessarily the best place to be unless you have a decent scholarship (which you do). That's just my two sense...good luck with your decision.