zinnia wrote:How essential is having a car in Boulder? I know the bus system is great but is having a car still necessary/useful?
Sorta' depends on what you plan on doing. If you expect to just stay in central Boulder all year, maybe with the occasional jaunt down to downtown Denver, you won't need
a car, but it's pretty useful to have access to a car if you ever want to do anything other than go between your house, campus, and downtown Boulder/Denver.
If I actually lived in Boulder (note that if you don't live in either Boulder or downtown Denver, you almost certainly will need a car), I might do what one of my friends did during 1L year. He brought his car with him from out of state, but then basically left it parked out in front of his apartment most of the time. 90% of the time he was able to either bum a ride or catch a bus, but when he needed it, his car was there. He made it through almost the entire spring semester of 1L year on a single tank of gas, yet was never necessarily beholden to bus schedules, nor limited to the range of his bike.
While there's a bus to Eldora, if you plan on skiing anywhere else (or camping, or just driving around in the mountains) and don't have a car, you better hope that someone in your crew has a ride, and is keen on her car being the transportation for all you bums yet again.
In short, having a car isn't necessary in Boulder, but it is extremely useful.
zinnia wrote:I know housing has already been discussed on this message board and another tls message board and it seems like there are a lot of different choices of where to live - downtown/pearl st, south boulder (larger apt. complexes with more amenities,) west boulder (close to the mountains,) etc. Do law students tend to concentrate in any of these areas? If I'm not going to have a car but still want to be able to easily hang out with out law school students is there are particular area that would be best to live in?
All those areas you've mentioned are within plausible—albeit not especially reasonable, IMHO—walking distance from one another, and are certainly within easy biking distance. Boulder isn't particularly big.
That said, the only place that law students will reliably congregate is the law school. A very large amount of the socializing consists of folks running into one another in the law school and deciding to go to someone's house, or to a bar on Pearl, or whatever.
There's a pretty high concentration of law students in the area directly east of campus (between Baseline and Colorado, eastward to 30th), but everybody else is pretty diffusely dispersed around the town (maybe with a bias towards the southern and eastern quadrants of Boulder over the west or certainly the north) and surrounding area, and I don't get the impression that the folks in said area east of campus are hanging out together at any higher a rate than any of the rest of us are.