I think this is my favorite thread ever.
In general, no, they don't care what your LSAT was, provided your class rank is good.
Another example of the bad information you'll get on this site. This post is 100% specious. This poster has never been in admissions office. This poster has probably never filled out a transfer application. And yet, this poster was compelled to toss something that seems correct out there to, you know, muddy the waters.
I'm not entirely sure of the point that you are trying to make. Check out this chart and it will show you the difference between various schools.
I haven't heard of too many Harvard law students complaining about their debt payments or job prospects. Pace on the other hand, well that speaks for itself. Also, being a T3 next to NYC is definitely not a plus. You compete against the top schools and students in the country plus there are some other really good NY schools as well such as Brooklyn. That is definitely not an envious position to be in. (I'm not knocking Pace it's just be a little more realistic about your statements.)
I'm pretty sure 1L was more important for me as well. Busted my butt finished at top of my 1L class was accepted to Boalt as a transfer and already have a V50 firm job lined up for next summer. Every attorney I've ever talked to has said that 1L is the most important year by far and until you I have never heard anything different. Now if you don't do well your 1L year then sure your 2L and 3L years are going to be very important because employer's are going to be closely looking at those as well.
Also, I don't know about other people but we're in law school to learn. I don't care whether its 1L, 2L, or 3L I am still going to be trying my best to learn the information and get a solid understanding of certain fundamentals. That is what law school is for.
Just out of curiousity, how is the bolded portion above possible? Unless you have some sort of connection...which kind of defeats your argument about it being grades/name-brand school that got you the job. Not to criticize, I envy you in either scenario