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Famous Columbia Law School Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1
    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Politician, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 63 (1882-1945)

    BirthplaceNew York City, Hyde Park, New York, USA

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt (, ; January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), often referred to by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Theodore Roosevelt

    Theodore Roosevelt

    Statesman, Politician

    AgeDec. at 61 (1858-1919)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

    Theodore Roosevelt Jr. ( ROH-zə-velt; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was an American... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Paul Robeson

    Paul Robeson

    Actor, Athlete

    AgeDec. at 78 (1898-1976)

    BirthplacePrinceton, New Jersey, United States of America

    Paul Leroy Robeson ( ROHB-sən; April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an American bass baritone... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Roy Cohn

    Roy Cohn

    Businessperson, Politician

    AgeDec. at 59 (1927-1986)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Roy Marcus Cohn (; February 20, 1927 – August 2, 1986) was an American lawyer best known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Caroline Kennedy

    Caroline Kennedy

    Spokesperson, Editor


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Caroline Bouvier Kennedy (born November 27, 1957) is an American author, attorney, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Charles J. O'Byrne


    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

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  • 7
    Charles Evans Hughes

    Charles Evans Hughes

    Judge, Politician

    AgeDec. at 86 (1862-1948)

    BirthplaceGlens Falls, New York, United States of America

    Charles Evans Hughes Sr. (April 11, 1862 – August 27, 1948) was an American statesman,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Harlan F. Stone

    AgeDec. at 74 (1872-1946)

    BirthplaceChesterfield, New Hampshire, United States of America

    Harlan Fiske Stone (October 11, 1872 – April 22, 1946) was an American lawyer and jurist who... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Harrison A. Williams

    AgeDec. at 82 (1919-2001)

    BirthplacePlainfield, New Jersey, United States of America

    Harrison Arlington "Pete" Williams Jr. (December 10, 1919 – November 17, 2001) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Wafah Dufour

    Wafah Dufour

    Songwriter, Model


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Wafah Dufour (born as Wafah bin Laden, born in Los Angeles, California) is an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Oscar Hammerstein II

    Oscar Hammerstein II

    Theatre Director, Record producer

    AgeDec. at 65 (1895-1960)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Oscar Greeley Clendenning Ritter von Hammerstein II (; July 12, 1895 – August 23, 1960) was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Judge, Jurist


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States

    Ruth Bader Ginsburg (March 15, 1933-September 18, 2020) was an American lawyer and jurist who... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    S. Robson Walton

    S. Robson Walton



    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

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  • 14
    David Stern

    David Stern

    Businessperson, Lawyer


    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

    David Joel Stern (born September 22, 1942) is an American businessman and lawyer who served as... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Herbert Sandler

    Herbert Sandler

    Businessperson, Banker

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Herbert Sandler (November 16, 1931 – June 5, 2019) was a co-CEO (with his wife, Marion... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    H. F. Lenfest

    BirthplaceJacksonville, Florida

    Harold FitzGerald "Gerry" Lenfest (May 29, 1930 – August 5, 2018) was an American lawyer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    William O. Douglas

    William O. Douglas

    Screenwriter, Author

    AgeDec. at 82 (1898-1980)

    BirthplaceMaine Township, Minnesota, United States of America

    William Orville Douglas (October 16, 1898 – January 19, 1980) was an American jurist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Slade Gorton


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Thomas Slade Gorton III (born January 8, 1928) is an American politician. A Republican, he was... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Bella Abzug

    Bella Abzug

    Politician, Actor

    AgeDec. at 78 (1920-1998)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Bella Savitzky Abzug (July 24, 1920 – March 31, 1998), nicknamed "Battling Bella", was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 20

    A. Peter Lawson

    Businessperson, Lawyer
    Peter Lawson is executive vice president, general counsel and secretary for Motorola, a...
  • 21
    William J. Donovan

    William J. Donovan

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 76 (1883-1959)

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York

    William Joseph Donovan (January 1, 1883 – February 8, 1959) was an American soldier, lawyer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Joseph McKenna

    Joseph McKenna

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 83 (1843-1926)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Joseph McKenna (August 10, 1843 – November 21, 1926) was an American politician who served in... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    William Kunstler

    William Kunstler

    Activist, Military Officer

    AgeDec. at 76 (1919-1995)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    William Moses Kunstler (July 7, 1919 – September 4, 1995) was an American radical lawyer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 24

    Naomi Reice Buchwald

    Judge, Lawyer


    BirthplaceKingston, New York, United States of America

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  • 25
    William Colby

    AgeDec. at 76 (1920-1996)

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

    William Egan Colby (January 4, 1920 – April 27, 1996) was an American intelligence officer who... more on Wikipedia