Congrats. So far the educational experience at Loyola has been great. The professors are really top-notch (we actually share professors with Tulane law too). If you go to the website, which needs to be a little updated, you can read about the professors and their accomplishments. Also, the educational style is very practical, as opposed to a theoretical style that some law schools utilize. The social atmosphere at the school is decent. I say decent because many (about 50%) of the students are from Tulane ugrad and LSU ugrad, so they tend to know each other before coming to Loyola law. However, the school hosts many events so students get more familiar with their peers. And remember, New Orleans and the French Quarter is an awesome social scene in itself. The career services is also very helpful. Many of the big firms in New Orleans (http://www.phelpsdunbar.com/home_flash.html
) hire Loyola law grads. The school has a really good connection with these firms. Also, the school has a good connection with the judiciary in Louisiana, if you're interested in judicial clerkships (more than half of the Louisiana Supreme Court are Loyola grads, including the Chief Justice). But, I don't have to comment on this too much since the statistics speak for themselves.
Many people have the wrong idea that Loyola has been "destroyed" or "devastated" due to Katrina, which is 100% incorrect. Loyola is in uptown New Orleans (the Garden District) which was BARELY touched by Katrina. The same goes for Tulane. You may see some houses with windows being replaced, but overall, if you walked around uptown, you would not think a hurricane hit the place. Unfortunately, the only places still affected are the 9th ward and other lower income areas.
There is really not much to "watch for". Loyola University is a part of the Jesuit Assoc. of Colleges. I'm not into the religious thing, but it helps with job connections and services (http://www.ajcunet.edu/tier.aspx?bid=54
). This is a big reason why Loyola had an easy time finding law schools that the displaced students could attend due to Katrina as opposed to other New Orleans law schools (there is only one other, so you figure it out..haha). The only thing that kind of sucks is the weather in August and September-it can get really humid during this time. But, it does not get lower than about 50 degrees during the winter months!
Again, congrats on your acceptance.
If you go purely by the U.S. News and Rankings, then choose LSU. However, if you are concerned with factors such as starting salary and job placement, then Loyola would be a better fit. Check the statistics for yourself:
LSU for sure. LSU is a much better school overall. Ranking wise it is much higher than Loyola, and its bar passage rate is also much better. I would honestly pick it over Tulane as well, even though Tulane is ranked higher. So LSU.
I just got accepted to Loyola NO today. do you have a general "this is what the school's like, the social atmosphere is like this, what to watch for" overview as it was basically my top choice and I'm stoked to be entering