As long as I can get a good job that will place me on a solid career path (and I'll be honest, money is important), I will be happy. I definitely care less about my rank than employers do. I'm just worried that my potential for future success will be based solely on law school grades (especially 1L)...that's a lot of pressure!
I understand, and I think most law school students share the sentiment. There's a lot of stress, anxiety, and depression floating around law school, and most of it can be attributed to the fact that grades really are so significant and yet are by no means guaranteed. I made the choice to come to law school primarily for the practical purposes like its better promise of financial security, and even though so far it's working out enough to not make me regret it, I really do wish I would've thought harder about the decision.
I know a lot of tough love gets passed around to 0Ls on this forum, but it has its justifications. The demand of both law school and the vast majority of law jobs is socially isolating, the heavy emphasis on results and the strict relative measurement of those results is stressful and depending on where you end up it can be profoundly disheartening, and most law careers are horribly stressful with the obssession with uncertain and difficult-to-obtain results not disappearing. Relative to other professions, law has jaw-dropping rates of alcoholism, hypertension, etc. I know it's easy to brush off all of these warnings because I did, but if you even have an inkling that there's a job path out there that is more meaningful or enjoyable for you, give it a good second look before signing up for law school.
On a more positive note, there's a handful of people I know who seem to love it here and think going into a legal career is the bees knees. Only you can know what works for you, and again, good luck to you whatever you end up choosing.