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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Law School Party Rankings

SubtleDig has released the Law School Party Rankings, which attempt to measure the "quality of life" of the Top 100 (102 with ties) law schools in the 2010 U.S. News Rankings.  Here are the Top 10 and Bottom 10 ("where fun goes to die") party law schools:

Party

School

Rank

 

 

School

U.S. News

Overall

Rank

1

Arizona State

56

2

Tulane

45

3

Seattle

77

4

Florida State

52

4

Arizona

43

6

Virginia

10

7

UC-Berkeley

6

8

Michigan

9

9

Arkansas-Fayetteville

94

10

Alabama

30

10

Harvard

2

 

 

 

93

Utah

45

93

American

45

95

Pennsylvania

8

96

Rutgers-Newark

87

97

SUNY-Buffalo

85

98

Houston

59

98

Seton Hall

77

100

Brooklyn

61

101

DePaul

87

102

Baylor

65

Other rankings include:

Here is the methodology used in the rankings:

  • Surveys (90%).  We spammed current law students with a “Please take our survey” email. We considered using the amount of responses per school as a factor in the rankings, as students with enough free time to answer such a frivolous email probably deserve recognition, but we were concerned about punishing schools for spam detection. If any school had a low response rate, we dispatched campus reps to directly collect survey answers. Every survey contained five questions from each of the four categories below (20 questions total.)
    • General Happiness Questions:  These questions attempted to gauge the respondent’s personal happiness level and the general campus happiness level. There seemed to be some correlation between job security and happiness, given the strong performance of many top schools.
    • General “Go Out” Questions:  These questions were divided between personal “going out” rates and general campus “going out” rates. Most respondents believed they went out more than their peers.
    • General Alcohol/Drug Consumption Questions:  Three questions on each survey were dedicated to alcohol consumption (both personal and campus-wide), and two questions were dedicated to drug consumption (both personal and campus-wide.)
    • General “Dateable” Questions:  These questions were the most diverse. One question was devoted to each of the following: attractiveness, douchebagginess, bitchiness, “just friends”-iness, and personal dating success.
  • Alcohol Access Value (10%).   Based on the amount of bars and liquor stores within a one-mile radius of the law school. This category benefited schools located in large metropolitan areas. 

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Comments

Where is South Texas College of Law?

It was GRIM WORLD when I went there. No fun at all.
It's a freestanding law school in downtown Houston, not attached to any other school, and therefore has no dorms.

Posted by: Sharon | May 9, 2009 4:16:48 PM

I strongly object to the absence of Rutgers-Camden from this list. What other school subsidizes a beer-drinking society for its students? Another example of elitism!

Posted by: mike livingston | May 10, 2009 8:58:51 AM

Tulane is number 2, which makes me seriously worry about the livers of Arizona State students. Note that this ranking is based on student surveys, while U.S. News surveys the competitors' chair of their hiring committees. I explain the legitimacy of the party ranking, and illegitimacy of U.S. News' method, at Paul's sibling The Legal Profession Blog, here:
http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2009/05/tulane-ranks-2-among-us-law-schools-in-only-rankings-done-by-student-surveys.html

Posted by: Alan Childress | May 11, 2009 7:40:43 AM

Roll Wave! Number 2 ain't bad at all! Laissez les bons temps rouler! :-)

Posted by: Dave J | May 11, 2009 5:36:56 PM