I'll be signing out of Ann Arbor and TLS (at least visibly) this weekend. My advice to the starting class:
Keep up with the reading every night
Be good to each other
Spend time with your family
Work according to a schedule,
Schedule in free time even during exam periods
When you are learning nothing but still flipping pages, it's time for a break or to go to bed.
Love your experiences with your professors and classmates, it goes by so quick.
Get involved in one law student group and one university-wide student group.
Don't take classes based on the curve -- take professors you like.
Treat your other classmates like humans. Soon it will be 11 degrees, exams will be looming, you'll all have very high anxiety levels. Be kind to each other during this time. Help them pick up their books when the drop them. Ask people who slip on the ice if they are okay. You'd be amazed how many times I saw people walk past these situations because they were busy. You're never so busy that you can't be kind to someone.
Lastly -- you all may be very intimidated by your peers. They are similarly intimidated by you. Everyone is pretty smart and that enriches the entire process. If someone has a controversial idea, join in the debate in a way that fosters communication rather than shouting them down, or worse yet - talking smack behind their back.
At its worst, I capital-H Hated law school. But when it was good -- it was awe-inspiring in so many ways. Now, I view Hutchins as a holy of holies. And three years from now, I bet the rest of you all will too.
Best of luck to you all in your first year studies, the rest of your legal studies, your careers, and your lives.