I used this board fairly heavily last year when deciding where to go. Time to give what little I have learned back. If anyone has any questions, I'd be happy to answer.
Debt load, summer work plans, student body competitiveness, housing situation?
I was lucky enough to get a full ride, so I can't speak too much regarding the cost. I can say that they give money. Note: they will actually tell you that they do not negotiate for scholarship money. Well, they definitely can give you more money, you just have to be persistent and have good reasons (ie: scholarships from other schools). I was told my financial offer was my offer, I respectfully rejected based on a higher offer at another school, and magically I was bumped up. Also, make sure that you pay close attention to the retention requirements when deciding between schools. BLS's retention is really good... not amazing, but good. They require top half. I will be retaining my money, but you've got to remember that law school is incredibly difficult, you will be surrounded by student's who, in one form or another, succeeded to get themselves into your school. I could only imagine the pressure if you had to stay in top 1/3 or top 25%. Yikes.
This summer I will be interning for a federal judge.
Student body is, as a whole, not too compeditive. It is Law School, the breading ground of insecurity and competition. And of course there are those in my class who I would much prefer to not associate myself with, but you get that everywhere. I really enjoy my colleges and feel as though they are supportive and encouraging.
BLS has housing that, if you don't have a dog (which I do) is a really great option. You get to live in an incredibly trendy neighborhood and pay really good rent. You are guaranteed housing your first year, and you have to enter a lottery to retain it your second year. If you loose your housing, I'm sure that sucks. But, I would guess about half the class lives off campus in apartments. I live in a cool neighborhood 4 subway stops away.
I think that answered your questions.