Perhaps you misunderstand what is possible while giving a 60 hour weekly commitment to law school, and perhaps I overstated my case when I said "you should not have a life in law school;" I have a life, and would want others to have one too. I made plenty of friends and had a very fulfilling academic and social life at the law school. My own group of friends had lunch twice a week, partied at least twice a month, and routinely had coffee and wine together. We did section potlucks, outings, and all that stuff; you need to in order to balance out life in the midst of a rigorous academic program.
On the same token, I also had a reputation for taking school very seriously, because I was always prepared, and always did well on tests. This reputation was the source of other relationships with both students and faculty, and those friendships are as durable as any formed on account of personal compatibility and shared extracurricular interests.
I am not saying you should become a psychopath; what I'm saying is that you need to treat law school as your primary commitment, and put all other things (like gaming, for example) on a back burner for the few months you are in school; most friends you make at law school will do the same, while still remaining close because they share in the misery that is the 1L year. People tend to realize pretty quickly that this is NOT undergrad, but balance is still achievable.
If you are at a T10, and can secure Biglaw recruitment while being in the bottom quarter of your class, that will obviously attenuate your ambitions, but I, being at a top 25, wanted to (1) possibly transfer to a top ten, and (2) probably clerk and teach. To do either of these things takes top grades, and I decided that I needed to give up needless time-wasters like computer games in order to achieve it. That decision wasn't easy for me, as I am an avid gamer, but there it is.
I've already achieved the former ambition, with transfer acceptances to one top ten and one top 15 school, and hopefully more to come. The latter ambition will require a continued commitment to my grades and class standing at my new school. That said, the schedule I outlined does not come at the expense of a social life, as I am still in touch with all of my friends at UI.
In my limited experience, the first year of law school is the most important time to achieve. Pay your dues then, and the dividends will continue to pay off in the long term, and you'll have all the time in the world to "live the life" near the end of your second and most of your third year. Perhaps being at a top 10 school gives you both the luxury not having to think so hard about your grades, but that's not as true for those of us who are starting out lower and working our way up.
Right now, I am living it up, and have all the time in the world to strengthen friendships already formed, travel, make art, and experience life. However, if you live life at the expense of your first year grades, it can easily come back and bite you in the ass, because you'll spend a good portion of your time and life worrying about whether your career was all that it could have been if you cared a little bit more about your grades.
Just one perspective.