Almost all of the professors are excellent - great teachers, very knowledgeable, and accessible. The Socratic method is definitely a bigger focus 1L year, with some of the upperclass courses being more lecture style. The 1L legal research and writing course is very demanding, but it seems to prepare us well for clerkships. Academic advising is lacking - I'm not really sure that there's any point person to go to to talk about planning your course work. The registrar can help you make sure you are meeting your degree requirements, but that's about it. The school is competitive because of the quality of the students, but almost everyone is competitive with himself, and not openly competitive with other students. Most students are very willing to share notes and outlines, and help each other out. It's a very collegial environment.
Quality of Life
The campus is pretty. The facilities are older, but nice aesthetically. The cost of living is higher than most places in Texas, but lower than most large cities elsewhere in the US.