Ditto on the moving down early. It's certainly worth it to get there early, get set up and meet people. I met most of the people who ended up being my good friends before classes kicked off. You can cruise the downtown mall for gelato, snag a slop bucket at Belmont BBQ, Beer Run run, check out some vineyards, visit Monticello and get a few drinking on the corner practice runs in. As a final note, I would recommend calling the power company BEFORE you are hurling down I-81. Spending 3 days in C-Ville with no power and therefore no AC is not a good way to kick off the school year.
As far as books you're going to have to wait for some
of them but I think there are some safe bets. This won't be an exhaustive list or even totally correct, but these books helped me out a lot. Here's my recs:
The one case book I'm PRETTY SURE you can buy is the criminal law book. Every class used it last year because the writers are all UVA professors. Also, it only came out last year so I doubt it's been replaced. In my experience it was a good book, so I can't imagine them ditching it. http://www.amazon.com/Criminal-Law-3d-U ... 021&sr=8-1
Supplements I think you will (should) buy eventually and may want to get now:
Glannon, buy it. You'll never regeret this supplement, it's pretty much the gold standard civ pro supplement. http://www.amazon.com/Examples-Explanat ... 134&sr=1-1
This is the tort supplement I had and it's good. Tracked my casebook fairly well:http://www.amazon.com/Forms-Functions-T ... 245&sr=1-1
Contract supplement in the house. This is the one I used:http://www.amazon.com/Concepts-Case-Ana ... 333&sr=1-1
This is the crim law supplement a lot of people used. It is done by one of the casebook authors and tracks the casebook pretty well. That said, I didn't really like it. I also bought a big green hornbook I barely used. I recommend this one with the least enthusiasm:http://www.amazon.com/Black-Letter-Outl ... 374&sr=1-1
The supplements are all optional obviously, but based on the UVA OGI thread TLS has a disproportionate amount of super gunners who are going to buy 3 supplements per class. Hopefully those are all the most recent editions. You can find further books by searching TLS, but those are the books my searches landed on.
Edit: the crim law book just came out last spring so it's doubtful it's been updated between now and this upcoming semester.