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

List of famous alumni from Harvard Law School, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Harvard Law School include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Harvard Law School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Harvard 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 Harvard Law School.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different graduates, including Barack Obama and Michelle Obama.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Harvard Law School?” and “Which celebrities are Harvard Law School alumni?”
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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Author, Law professor

Age: 57

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Barack Hussein Obama born August 4, 1961is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was ...more

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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Writer, Lawyer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer, university administrator and writer, who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to ...more

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Ralph Nader is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Activist, Politician, Lecturer

Age: 85

Birthplace: Winsted, Connecticut, United States of America

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 69

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 45 (1965-2010)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Gregory C. Giraldo (December 10, 1965 – September 29, 2010) was an American stand-up comedian, television personality, and lawyer. He is remembered for his appearances on Comedy Central's ...more

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Barney Frank is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician

Age: 78

Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

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Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Songwriter, Screenwriter, Lyricist

Age: Dec. at 73 (1891-1964)

Birthplace: USA, Indiana, Peru

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Lloyd Blankfein is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Businessperson, Lawyer

Age: 64

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Lloyd Craig Blankfein (born September 20, 1954) is an American investment banker who has served as senior chairman of Goldman Sachs since 2019, and chairman and chief executive from 2006 until ...more
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Cass Sunstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Legal Scholar, Author, Teacher

Age: 64

Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Charles Hamilton Houston... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 55 (1895-1950)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

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Keith Boykin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Editor, Novelist, Author

Age: 53

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

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Kenneth I. Chenault is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 67

Birthplace: Mineola, New York

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Sandy Berger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Lobbyist

Age: 73

Birthplace: Millerton, New York, United States of America

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Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 71 (1822-1893)

Birthplace: Delaware County, Ohio, Delaware, United States, with Territories

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John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Diplomat, Attorney at law

Age: Dec. at 81 (1767-1848)

Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Laura Stein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
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Hill Harper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author

Age: 52

Birthplace: Iowa City, Iowa, United States of America

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William J. Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 71

Birthplace: Lake Providence, Louisiana, USA

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Caspar Weinberger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 89 (1917-2006)

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

Caspar Willard "Cap" Weinberger (August 18, 1917 – March 28, 2006) was an American politician and businessman. As a prominent Republican, he served in a variety of state and federal ...more
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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 91 (1735-1826)

Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts, United States of America

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William James Sidis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Inventor, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 46 (1898-1944)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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James Russell Lowell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Poet, Diplomat, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 72 (1819-1891)

Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Richard Kleindienst is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 77 (1923-2000)

Birthplace: Winslow, Arizona, United States of America

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Pamela Thomas-Graham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni

Age: 55

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

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Elliott Abrams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 71

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Elliott Abrams (born January 24, 1948) is an American diplomat and lawyer who has served in foreign policy positions for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump. Abrams is ...more