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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Columbia Law School and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Columbia Law School, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Columbia Law School include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Columbia Law School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Columbia Law School are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Columbia Law School.

Examples of graduates on this list include Franklin D. Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Columbia Law School?” and “Which celebrities are Columbia Law School alumni?”

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Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Franklin D. Roosevelt Politician, Soldier, Corporate lawyer Franklin Delano Roosevelt, commonly known by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States. A Democrat, he won a record ...more

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Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Theodore Roosevelt Statesman, Politician, Police officer Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt Jr. was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a leader of ...more

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Paul Robeson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Paul Robeson Actor, Athlete, Singer Paul Leroy Robeson was an American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. At Rutgers College, he was an outstanding football player, then had an international ...more

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Roy Cohn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Roy Cohn Businessperson, Politician, Lawyer Roy Marcus Cohn was an American attorney who became famous during Senator Joseph McCarthy's investigations into Communist activity in the United States during the Second Red Scare. Cohn gained ...more

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Caroline Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Caroline Kennedy Spokesperson, Editor, Politician Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is an American author, attorney, and the current United States Ambassador to Japan. She is a prominent member of the Kennedy family and the only surviving child of ...more

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Charles J. O'Byrne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Charles J. O'Byrne Lawyer Charles J. O'Byrne is an executive at Related Rentals Companies, an American lawyer and former political staffer to Governor of New York David Paterson, serving as Secretary to the Governor. The ...more

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Charles Evans Hughes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Charles Evans Hughes Judge, Politician, Lawyer Charles Evans Hughes Sr. was an American statesman, lawyer and Republican politician from New York. He served as the 36th Governor of New York, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the ...more

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Harlan F. Stone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Harlan F. Stone Lawyer Harlan Fiske Stone was an American lawyer and jurist. A native of New Hampshire, he served as the dean of Columbia Law School, his alma mater, in the early 20th century. As a member of the ...more

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Harrison A. Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Harrison A. Williams Lawyer Harrison Arlington "Pete" Williams, Jr. was a Democrat who represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Williams was convicted on ...more

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Wafah Dufour is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Wafah Dufour Songwriter, Model, Singer Wafah Dufour is an American singer-songwriter, socialite, and model. Her father, Yeslam bin Ladin, is Saudi Arabian and her mother, Carmen bin Ladin, is of Swiss father and Iranian mother from ...more

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Oscar Hammerstein II is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Oscar Hammerstein II Theatre Director, Record producer, Songwriter Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II was an American librettist, theatrical producer, and theatre director of musicals for almost forty years. Hammerstein won eight Tony Awards and two ...more

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Judge, Jurist, Lawyer Ruth Joan Bader Ginsburg is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Ginsburg was appointed by President Bill Clinton and took the oath of office on August 10, 1993. She ...more

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S. Robson Walton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
S. Robson Walton Businessperson Samuel Robson "Rob" Walton is an American businessman and is the eldest son of Helen Walton and Sam Walton, founder of Walmart, the world's largest retailer. He is Chairman of the ...more

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David Stern is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
David Stern Businessperson, Lawyer David Joel Stern is the former commissioner of the National Basketball Association. He started with the Association in 1966 as an outside counsel, joined the NBA in 1978 as General Counsel, and ...more

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Herbert Sandler is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Herbert Sandler Businessperson, Banker Herbert Sandler is the former CO-CEO of Golden West Financial Corporation and World Savings Bank.

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H. F. Lenfest is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
H. F. Lenfest Lawyer H. F. "Gerry" Lenfest is a media entrepreneur and philanthropist.

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William O. Douglas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
William O. Douglas Screenwriter, Author, Lawyer William Orville Douglas served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Nominated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Douglas was confirmed at the age of 40, one of the ...more

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Slade Gorton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Slade Gorton Lawyer Thomas Slade Gorton III is an American politician. A Republican, he was a U.S. senator from Washington state from 1981 to 1987, and from 1989 to 2001. He held both of the state's Senate seats in ...more

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Bella Abzug is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Bella Abzug Politician, Actor, Social activist Bella Savitsky Abzug, nicknamed "Battling Bella", was an American lawyer, U.S. Representative, social activist and a leader of the Women's Movement. In 1971, Abzug joined other leading ...more

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A. Peter Lawson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
A. Peter Lawson Businessperson, Lawyer Peter Lawson is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Motorola, a position he assumed in 1998. In this role, he manages Motorola's law department, including the ...more

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William J. Donovan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
William J. Donovan Politician, Lawyer William Joseph Donovan was a United States soldier, lawyer, intelligence officer and diplomat. Donovan is best remembered as the wartime head of the Office of Strategic Services, a precursor to ...more

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Joseph McKenna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Joseph McKenna Politician, Lawyer Joseph McKenna was an American politician who served in all three branches of the U.S. federal government, as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, as U.S. Attorney General and as an ...more

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William Kunstler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
William Kunstler Activist, Military Officer, Actor William Moses Kunstler was an American self-described "radical lawyer" and civil rights activist, known for his politically unpopular clients. Kunstler was an active member of the ...more

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Naomi Reice Buchwald is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Naomi Reice Buchwald Judge, Lawyer Naomi Reice Buchwald is a Senior United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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William Colby is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
William Colby Actor William Egan Colby spent a career in intelligence for the United States, culminating in holding the post of the Director of Central Intelligence from September 1973 to January 1976. During World ...more

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Theodore J. Forstmann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Theodore J. Forstmann Businessperson, Lawyer Theodore Joseph "Ted" Forstmann was one of the founding partners of Forstmann Little & Company, a private equity firm, and chairman and CEO of IMG, a global sports and media ...more

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Stephen J. Solarz is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Stephen J. Solarz Politician Stephen Joshua Solarz was a United States Congressional Representative from New York. Solarz was both an outspoken critic of President Ronald Reagan's deployment of Marines to Lebanon in 1982 ...more

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Paul Warnke is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Paul Warnke Diplomat Paul Culliton Warnke was a United States diplomat. He was born in Webster, Massachusetts but spent most of his childhood in Marlborough, Massachusetts, where his father managed a shoe factory. ...more

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Peter C. Harvey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Peter C. Harvey Lawyer Peter C. Harvey was the first African American to serve as New Jersey Attorney General. Harvey was appointed by New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevey as Acting Attorney General on February 15, 2003, ...more

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Michael Geist is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Michael Geist Educator, Lawyer Michael Allen Geist is a Canadian academic, and the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-Commerce Law at the University of Ottawa. Geist was educated at the University of Western Ontario ...more

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Dan Abrams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Dan Abrams Television director, Journalist, Television producer Dan Abrams is an American television host, legal commentator, Web entrepreneur and author. former anchor of Nightline and the Chief Legal Affairs Anchor for ABC News He worked as chief legal ...more

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Michael I. Sovern is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Michael I. Sovern Educator, Writer Michael Ira Sovern was the 17th president of Columbia University. He is currently the Chancellor Kent Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. He is a noted legal scholar of Labor Law and an ...more

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Lee Bollinger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Lee Bollinger Professor, Lawyer Lee Carroll Bollinger is an American lawyer and educator who is serving as the 19th president of Columbia University. Formerly the president of the University of Michigan, he is a noted legal ...more

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Eric Holder is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Eric Holder Politician, Lawyer Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. is the 82nd Attorney General of the United States, in office since 2009. Holder, serving in the administration of President Barack Obama, is the first African American ...more

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E. Gordon Gee is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
E. Gordon Gee Elwood Gordon Gee is an American academic and is currently serving his second term as President of West Virginia University. He has served as the chief executive at several universities in the ...more

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Wayne Morse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Wayne Morse Lawyer Wayne Lyman Morse was a politician and attorney from Oregon, United States, known for his proclivity for opposing his parties' leadership, and specifically for his opposition to the Vietnam War ...more

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Henry Morgenthau, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Henry Morgenthau, Sr. Businessperson, Politician Henry Morgenthau was a lawyer, businessman and United States ambassador, most famous as the American ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. As ambassador to the Ottoman ...more

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George Pataki is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
George Pataki Politician, Lawyer George Elmer Pataki is an American politician who was the 53rd Governor of New York. A member of the Republican Party, Pataki served three consecutive four-year terms from January 1, 1995, until ...more

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Gerardo Sandoval is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Gerardo Sandoval Judge, Politician, Lawyer Gerardo Compos Sandoval is a judge of the Superior Court of California in and for the County of San Francisco. He was formerly a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. A practicing ...more

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Giuliano Amato is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Giuliano Amato Politician Giuliano Amato is an Italian politician who twice served as Prime Minister of Italy, first from 1992 to 1993 and again from 2000 to 2001. Later, he was Vice President of the Convention on the ...more

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John F. Banzhaf III is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
John F. Banzhaf III John Francis Banzhaf III is an American legal activist and a law professor at George Washington University Law School. He is the founder of a smoking pressure group, Action on Smoking and ...more

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Charles Fried is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Charles Fried Professor, Jurist, Lawyer Charles Fried is an American jurist and lawyer. He served as United States Solicitor General under President Ronald Reagan from 1985 to 1989. He is a professor at Harvard Law School and has been ...more

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Robert Shaye is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Robert Shaye Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer Robert Kenneth Shaye, often referred to as Bob Shaye, is an American businessman, film producer, director and actor. He is the founder of New Line Cinema.

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Karenna Gore Schiff is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Karenna Gore Schiff Journalist, Author, Writer Karenna Aitcheson Gore Schiff is an American author, journalist, and attorney. She is the eldest daughter of Al and Tipper Gore and the sister of Kristin Gore.

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Arthur Vivian Watkins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Arthur Vivian Watkins Politician Arthur Vivian Watkins was a Republican U.S. Senator from Utah between 1947 to 1959. He was influential as a proponent of terminating federal recognition of American Indian tribes. He also ...more

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Richard Stone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Richard Stone Politician, Banker, Lawyer Richard Bernard Stone was a Democratic United States Senator from Florida and later served as Ambassador at Large to Central America and Ambassador to Denmark.

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Richard C. Hunter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Richard C. Hunter Judge, Politician Richard Charles Hunter was a Nebraska Democratic politician. Hunter was born in West Point, Nebraska. He moved to Omaha, Nebraska with his family in 1885. He graduated from the University of ...more

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Brad Miller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Brad Miller Politician, Lawyer Ralph Bradley "Brad" Miller is the former U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 13th congressional district, serving from 2003 to 2013. District 13 includes all of Caswell and ...more

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Brander Matthews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Brander Matthews James Brander Matthews was an American writer and educator. He was the first full-time professor of dramatic literature at an American university and played a significant role in establishing ...more

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Cynthia McFadden is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Columbia Law School Alumni
Cynthia McFadden Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter Cynthia McFadden is an American television journalist who is currently the senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News. She was an anchor and correspondent for ABC News who ...more