I'll be a 1L in the fall...is it stupid to set my goals not at top 10%, not at LR, but rather at pure survival?
I don't want to come across as negative here.
And for full disclosure purposes, I'll also be a 1L this fall.
I just question what there is to gain from setting your sights on "survival" in your first year? While we all certainly do want to survive, the most immediate and concrete goal of law school for most students is to get a job. The better your grades are, the "better" your job opportunities will be (at least monetarily). Further, the better your grades are, the more likely you are to get on LR. Thus, the better grades you get, the more options you have with job placement and the more likely you are to fulfill the overarching goal of law school (employment).
I am sure that you knew all of this already. However, I said all of that in order to make the point that if you don't end up at the top of your class, if you're aiming to be at the top of your class, you're a lot more likely to fall somewhere closer to the middle or top than would a person "aiming" for survival.
Again, I don't want to come across as harsh, I just want to push you towards setting a goal higher than survival.
Can't the "overarching goal of law school" be to learn the law? I'm not proposing that your bottom line approach is wrong, merely that it might not be the only reason to go to law school.
To lawguy09 - I don't see any reason why you can't have different goals on different tiers. You might spend the first month trying to "survive" and acclimate yourself, the second and third month trying for top 25%, and the last month shooting for top 10%.
As your confidence grows, change your goals.