Way too general. Each school is different. My school the gym is free as are all the classes. I don't think there is a set standard for all law school gyms. The fee is probably included some how in tuition. I don't know any ranking systems for best law school gyms...
I don't think there is anything wrong with meeting with the guy, and telling him the truth. He's an attorney. He's been through law school and know what you are about to encounter. I think it's more than fair for you to tell him that you just aren't sure what the 1L year will bring, and you want to devote all of your time to studying, at least until you get a feel for what's going on. I don't think he can hold that against you, and hopefully will see it as a positive thing, and ask you to join him in the Summer. Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
Wow that's great! I know the demand is ridiculous! When I was looking, every apartment I saw (from craiglist too) the owners said that they had such an overwhelming response. The prices on most of them have gone up too.
What are your thoughts on law school prep courses? Did you take one? Know anyone who took one? I've heard mixed reviews. Most of the people I've spoken to who said it was worthless, are not the actually people who took a course, but heresay and a friend of a friend type thing. From first hand accounts everyone I know who took one found it very helpful. I've also heard of some people liking PLS II a lot as well.
Also, have you had any interactions in study groups? Helpful/harmful?
And did you use and commercial outlines or primers that you found very helpful?
Hopefully you stay at Hofstra because I think you are a great resource for incoming students as well as a testament to the institution.