The first year legal writing course is a highlight - those professors, in particular, want to get to know each student on an individual basis and help them achieve their professional goals. Professors across the board, though, are very eager to get to know students - much more so than at my undergraduate school. My 1L criminal law professor invited a group us to her house for a home-cooked brunch; my constitutional law professor took small groups of 4 out at a time to lunch.
Clinical offerings are particularly popular, especially the human trafficking clinic and the innocence clinic. Seminars fill up quickly, and are a wonderful way to get to know professors who can eventually become your clerkship letter of recommendation writers.
The first year workload was not nearly as bad as I imagined - by the second semester, I spent about one hour working outside of class per hour in class. Upperclassmen are very eager to help 1Ls with outlines and informal advice, as well as through a formal tutoring program. My 1L sectionmates were a very collaborative, non-competitive bunch. I like to think of Michigan as a school where everyone is smart, but where people don't take themselves too seriously. Douchebaggery is frowned upon.
Quality of Life
If you love football, you'll fit right in. If you don't think you love football, you're wrong! I didn't know a thing about football before I got here, but my classmates patiently described the intricacies of the game, and you'll see me at every home game at the Big House!
Ann Arbor is a college town with many reasonably-priced housing and dining options. The town is very safe, and it's not uncommon to run into your professors shopping at the local grocery store or getting coffee downtown.