I think the best thing to do is visit the school for yourself. In reality every student has their own experience and I am sure you can find 50 people that hated their time at American Law School and 50 others that loved it. However, none of these people are you before making a 3 year, 100,000 commitment visit the school, talk to professors, talk to students currently enrolled in the school and reach out to alumni from the school.
A lot of times on boards like this you get a lot of bad information from anonymous internet posters often who have not even taken the LSAT, but somehow think they know everything about the legal profession. Take any advice you recieve on this board or others with a grain of salt based on that.
I can tell you that typically speaking law school is competitive, but not outwardly at least from my experience. Perhaps back in the day people hid books etc, but now everything is online and you really can't do anything to interfere with what another student is doing. However, one thing to realize is that at pretty much every ABA school on the first day 100% of students will truly believe they are going to graduate in the top 10% of the class, but you don't have to be a math major to figure out that 90% of people in this scenario are going to be disappointed.