Things I've realized lately at University of Virginia:
1. Yes, it's true, your private loan money doesn't get here until a week after classes start, and then you have to go endorse the check and wait another 7-10 business days for it to go into your bank account (but it helps to set up direct deposit).
2. Most of the students are really nice. I already cried one time when I was sleep deprived and unprepared for two classes, and a guy in my section gave me a cigarette, even though I haven't been particularly friendly to my section.
3. Yes, it's very fratty, including a hazing event. I'm a non-drinker (yay for non-drinkers) and tend to be uncomfortable at big parties, so I'm skipping most of that stuff. I'm also living away from the apartments most law students live in, which is more relaxing for me but others might see it as antisocial.
4. You get about half and half from your professors. Some are adorable and interesting, some are tedious and confusing. You get free money to take the fun ones out to lunch. None of mine do anything cruel to the students; if you've done the reading they just try to coax the answer they're looking for out of you. The general attitude at UVA is one of wanting the students to succeed, which leads to the next:
5. The average grade is a B+. This is very reassuring. It means you have to work at it to fail.
6. I have a friend at Georgetown, and she tells me GULC's sections are huge, like three times the size of ours, and she doesn't know anyone and finds it really hard to make friends. Neither of us made that a big issue when choosing, but I would now. I'm usually less sociable than she is, but I have a few friends and am amiable with the others in my section. virginia's small section size makes it really easy to get to know people.
7. On the other hand, my friend at GULC has four classes, while I have five. I have 16 hours of class, and I spend an amount of time I'm ashamed to disclose on the reading. If you're a compulsively detailed but kinda ADD reader who has been out of school a while, be prepared to spend a long, long time. Longer than you thought when you thought it would be long. I'm told this will get better.
8. If you speak spanish there's a pretty cool migrant farmworker pro bono project you can get involved with immediately. If you don't speak Spanish you can audit the class for free on the regular campus (though probably you won't want to during 1L). There's also a public interest conference and other good stuff, and a lot of it's still forming which means it's easy to get involved.