And commuting is fine. I live in Coralville (about 15 min commute) and love it. If you need parking information a little later down the road, hit me up.
Do you think it has a major academic impact? Like would you think that those closer to campus have better chances of success? I know some people need to constantly be in "an academic environment" to succeed while others find it better to be able to get away. Do you think it made much of a difference for you to be 15 minutes from campus?
It depends on what your learning/studying style is like... Plus I can't COMPLETELY answer since we haven't taken finals quite yet
I'm a home-studier, so being close to the law school wouldn't help me any. I only go to the library if I absolutely have to. I like being able to take a break and get food, a soda, fire up a hookah, or take a quick NBA Jam break whenever I want to instead of taking Facebook/Reddit/whatever breaks in the library.
One of my roommates can't study at home, but he likes living further away... He knows when he's going to the library, he has to take what he needs and just stays there until he's done. He says if he lived closer that he would catch himself walking home all the time for food, or because he forgot a book, etc. and waste a lot of time.
Plus I have a dog, so I don't like leaving him home alone