I live probably 1/2 mile from the law school. It's nice
Honestly, it's not as much work and as difficult as people would have you believe. Just have a plan, understand the big picture, read supplements and start doing practice tests early. Don't get lost in the fine details of the cases. I know it sounds counterintuitive because all you do is read cases, but it's true. If you get called out in class one day and get tripped up over some detail it might be embarrassing but it'll have literally no impact on your grades, which is what you should be primarily focused on
Seconded. I cut every case down to a key holding, and possible the facts that that holding hinged on. I always sounded retarded in class, but did pretty well come finals time because I didn't waste time learning irrelevant things. Supplements were really helpful to me, and practice tests are key in your first year - mostly for timing purposes. You'll also start to see that many 1L class finals are formulaic. No matter there question, there will just be certain things you need to bring up. I got to the point where I went into the exam knowing almost exactly what i'd write (minus the specific analysis), and that really helped me beat the curve. Also, don't forget about analysis. The law is great, but it means nothing if it's not applied to the facts.