Do you know how we can get our Pitt ID cards? Can you get them before tuition is paid? Free bus riding would be nice before school starts.
I picked up my ID card on August 1. Just go to the towers and wait in line. I didn't have to pay for it or anything. I haven't used it for anything yet though. I'd recommend getting it early if you can to avoid any potential crush toward the beginning of school.
As for books, I bought all new texts at the book store. Most of my law school friends said they did that and it was a waste, but for some reason I felt like it was some kind of initiation thing. Just had to do it. I'll look to save money down the road. Plus, I did think of doing that LSC multi-color briefing thing, so a new book can be good for that. As for study aids and outlines, I have been buying various things throughout the last year just for kicks (I needed something to read on the train to work every day) and so I don't have anything left to buy really. But, as someone who has never taken a law school class, I can say that I find the Examples & Explanations series easy to read and understand with helpful examples. The nutshell series by West was also easy to read and short, though really high level and probably not very useful come study time. The outlines are way too foreign to me right now. I think they would be more appropriate down the line.
But like I said, I've never taken a class so I'm no authority. And I had A LOT of time (13+ months) to read some of these.