The Arizona Desert Lamp

ASU – where “habeus corpus” is a drinking game

Posted in Campus by Evan Lisull on 13 May 2009

So Jon Stewart may have called turned your school into a punchline. But cheer up, ASU – you were just named the number one partying law school in the country (HT: Brown & Little)! James E. Rogers can’t be too miffed, though – the UA was close behind at the number 4 spot. While party rankings are fun and meaningless, this one is somewhat useful because it provides rankings for 102 different law schools. This is a large enough sample size that the number-crunching gnomes here at the Lamp can churn out a chart comparing US News rankings and party school rankings:

The r-squared, if you’re interested, is 0.089, where 0 is absolutely no correlation and 1 is perfect correlation. For all intents and purposes, there is no significant relationship here; in other words, there is no correlation between partying and academic quality. This is how you can have schools like U. Virginia, which made both the US News top ten and the partying top ten, as well as schools like Hofstra, who scored low in both polls.

The methodology of both SubtleDig (the site behind the party rankings) and US News is dubious. Yet even accepting these caveats, these numbers still raise the question – why should these schools be at all concerned with the outside activities of their students? It can’t possibly have anything to with academics, as Harvard scored in the top ten while, y’know, being Harvard Law. This has not stopped the UA from subjecting its law students to the irreprehensible Red Tag pilot program, or the equally moralizing Code of Conduct.

It would be nice to see a more comprehensive party ranking done for undergraduate education. I suspect that the correlation between partying and academics (or lack thereof) would be slightly higher, but not enough to justify the assortment of anti-partying measures that have been enacted to stop this “epidemic.”

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  1. Matt Brown said, on 13 May 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Great post. I was just about to put up something linking to that Daily Show video (it’s been a roller coaster of school pride lately), but there’s no need now. If I’m going to get beat to the punch, you guys are the ones I want to do it. Keep up the fantastic work, and belated congrats for getting top prize at the AFF college blogging competition…

  2. mattstyer said, on 13 May 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Awesome. Great job.

  3. Laura Donovan said, on 13 May 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Nicely done!!! There’s no standard correlation between drinking and academics. Certain schools with lighter academic expectations may enable the partying lifestyle more, but as you said, UVA is a top public university, and the students definitely play hard.

  4. Stephen Bieda III said, on 16 May 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Interesting data analysis. Hopefully, given the UA’s top 5 party ranking, that we rank somewhere decently enough to deserve the title “World Class University.”

  5. […] already shown that when it comes to law schools, there’s absolutely no correlation between partying and academic achievement. While an appropriate sample (i.e. complete top-bottom […]


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