I've heard many disturbing stories about the future of Tulane. There are good environmental law programs at other schools so do take this decision seriously.
Also, is it true that Tulane students are not permitted to visit at other law schools?
I haven't heard that, but it might be true. Call and ask if that is an issue and you are considering the school.
Honestly, the school will be fine as long as people don't freak out. There is nothing wrong with the faculty or the campus. They lost four professors this semester, but they are looking for replacements which are the same quality if not better. They didn't touch the endowment in doing repairs, nor did they lower their admissions standards. The entering class is going to be smaller this cycle which means more hands on focus from the teachers. The city itself is iffy, but there is enough money in the area around the school that people will remain tied there. New Orleans will remain a major port because it simply has to be. That would suggest that their maritime programs should be fine. There is a big focus shift at Tulane towards disaster relief AND they are maintaining the current course selection which is already large; over 200 options after the first year. The clinics are great; the quality and variety of the cases they will take can only increase. Same teachers, same library, same alumni, same journals, and same students.
Think of the clinics this way:
Environmental Law: You just lost a city and now you have to clean up the toxic waste and rebuild it cleanly. That should be an activistís wet dream.
Child advocacy: They have the unique problem of having to track down kids and figure out how to help them when they are now in different states. The opportunity to learn about inner state law and to help people is there.
Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence, Public Law, all of them are going to have issues which arise from the disaster.
The dean has the right outlook: the school can find opportunity in disaster and they will as long as people donít abandon everything. There is no reason to dump on the school other than baseless pessimism.