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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 Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. The first African American to assume the ...more

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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Writer, Lawyer Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is an American lawyer, university administrator, and writer who served as the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th U.S. ...more

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Ralph Nader is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Activist, Politician, Lecturer Ralph Nader is an American political activist of Lebanese origin, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, ...more

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Sigourney Weaver is an American actress and film producer, known for playing Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise. Following her film debut as a minor character in Annie Hall, Weaver quickly came ...more

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Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter Gregory C. "Greg" Giraldo was an American stand-up comedian, television personality, and lawyer. Giraldo was best known for his appearances on Comedy Central's televised roast ...more

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Barney Frank is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician Barnett "Barney" Frank is an American politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he ...more

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Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Songwriter, Screenwriter, Lyricist Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. ...more

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Lloyd Blankfein is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Businessperson, Lawyer Lloyd Craig Blankfein is an American business executive. He is the CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs. He assumed this position upon the May 2006 nomination of former CEO Henry Paulson to United ...more

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Cass Sunstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Legal Scholar, Author, Teacher Cass Robert Sunstein is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics, who was the ...more

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Charles Hamilton Houston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Lawyer Charles Hamilton Houston was a prominent African-American lawyer, Dean of Howard University Law School, and NAACP Litigation Director who played a significant role in dismantling the Jim Crow ...more

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Keith Boykin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Editor, Novelist, Author Keith Boykin is an American broadcaster, author and commentator. He was editor of The Daily Voice, a CNBC contributor, and a co-host of the BET TV talk show My Two Cents.

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Kenneth I. Chenault is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Businessperson Kenneth Irvine Chenault is an American business executive. He has been the CEO and Chairman of American Express since 2001. He is the third black CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

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Sandy Berger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Lobbyist Samuel Richard "Sandy" Berger was the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs to President Bill Clinton, from 1997 to 2001. He was also one of the prominent actors of ...more

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Rutherford B. Hayes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Rutherford Birchard Hayes was the 19th President of the United States. As president, he oversaw the end of Reconstruction, began the efforts that led to civil service reform, and attempted to ...more

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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 John Quincy Adams was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a Senator and member of the House of ...more

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Laura Stein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Laura Stein

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Hill Harper is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author Frank Eugene Harper, known professionally as Hill Harper, is an American film, television and stage actor, and author. He is best known for his portrayal of Will Beckford in the 2000 film The

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William J. Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Lawyer William Jennings "Bill" Jefferson is a former American politician from the U.S. state of Louisiana. He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for nine terms from 1991 ...more

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Caspar Weinberger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Lawyer Caspar Willard "Cap" Weinberger, GBE, was an American politician and businessman. As a prominent Republican, he served in a variety of prominent state and federal positions for three ...more

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John Adams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Lawyer John Adams was the second president of the United States, having earlier served as the first vice president of the United States. An American Founding Father, Adams was a statesman, diplomat, ...more

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William James Sidis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Inventor, Scientist William James Sidis was an American child prodigy with exceptional mathematical abilities and a claimed mastery of many languages. After his death, his sister made the unverifiable claim that ...more

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James Russell Lowell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Poet, Diplomat, Lawyer James Russell Lowell was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets ...more

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Richard Kleindienst is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Lawyer Richard Gordon Kleindienst was an American lawyer, politician, and a U.S. Attorney General during the Watergate political scandal.

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Pamela Thomas-Graham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Pamela Thomas-Graham is an African-American businesswoman, corporate leader, and author. She is a senior executive at Credit Suisse, where she serves on the bank's 10-member Executive Board.

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Elliott Abrams is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Elliott Abrams is an American diplomat, lawyer and political scientist who served in foreign policy positions for U.S. Presidents, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. While serving for Reagan, ...more

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Mitt Romney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Willard Mitt Romney is an American politician and businessman who was the Republican Party's nominee for President of the United States in the 2012 election. Before his presidential bid, he ...more

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Peter H. Irons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Author, Social activist, Lawyer Peter H. Irons is an American political activist, civil rights attorney, legal scholar, and professor emeritus of political science. He has written many books on the U.S. Supreme Court and ...more

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Sumner Redstone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Actor Sumner Murray Redstone is an American businessman and media magnate. He is the majority owner and Chairman of the Board of the National Amusements theater chain. Through National Amusements, ...more

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Sheila Kuehl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Actor, Lawyer Sheila James Kuehl is an American politician, and a former child actress, currently the member of the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors for District 3. She most recently served as a Democratic ...more

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
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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Eliot Spitzer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Commentator, Politician, Lawyer Eliot Laurence Spitzer is a political commentator and Democratic Party politician who served as the 54th Governor of New York from January 2007 until his resignation on March 17, 2008. His ...more

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Dean Acheson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Statesman, Author, Lawyer Dean Gooderham Acheson was an American statesman and lawyer. As United States Secretary of State in the administration of President Harry S. Truman from 1949 to 1953, he played a central role in ...more

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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Banker John Clemens "Jack" Ryan is a former investment banker and American politician who was a candidate in the 2004 U.S. Senate race in Illinois. In 2000, he retired as an active partner at ...more

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Deval Patrick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Deval Laurdine Patrick is an American politician and civil rights lawyer who served as the 71st Governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, Patrick served as ...more

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Felix Frankfurter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Professor, Jurist Felix Frankfurter was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Frankfurter was born in Vienna and immigrated to New York at the age of 12. He graduated from Harvard Law School ...more

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Mickey Kaus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Journalist, Writer Robert Michael "Mickey" Kaus is an American journalist, pundit, and author best known for writing Kausfiles, a "mostly political" blog which was featured on Slate until 2010. ...more

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Francis Parkman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Historian, Writer Francis Parkman, Jr. was an American historian, best known as author of The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life and his monumental seven-volume France and England in North ...more

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Claude Pepper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Lawyer Claude Denson Pepper was an American politician of the Democratic Party, and a spokesman for left-liberalism and the elderly. In foreign policy he shifted from pro-Soviet in the 1940s to ...more

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Robert Todd Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Robert Todd Lincoln was an American lawyer and businessman. He was the first son of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. Born in Springfield, Illinois, United States, he was the only ...more

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Adlai Stevenson II is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Politician Adlai Ewing Stevenson II was an American politician and diplomat, noted for his intellectual demeanor, eloquent public speaking, and promotion of liberal causes in the Democratic Party. He ...more

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Akyempimhene is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Akyempimhene Akyempimhene, or vice-king, is the title bestowed upon one of the chiefs in the Ashanti Kingdom, located in Ghana, Africa. The throne is occupied by the son of the Asantehene King of the region, ...more

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Louis Brandeis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Jurist, Lawyer Louis Dembitz Brandeis was an American lawyer and associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1916 to 1939. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Jewish immigrant parents ...more

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William H. Hastie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Judge, Lawyer William Henry Hastie, Jr. was an American, lawyer, judge, educator, public official, and advocate for the civil rights of African Americans. He was the first African American to serve as ...more

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William Phillips is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Diplomat, Lawyer William Phillips was a career United States diplomat who served twice as an Under Secretary of State.

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Leonid Rozhetskin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Lawyer Leonid Borisovich Rozhetskin was a financier and lawyer who went missing under suspicious circumstances after disappearing from his villa in Jūrmala, Latvia. In 2013, remains found nearby the ...more

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Irene Khan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Irene Zubaida Khan is a Bangladeshi lawyer who served as the seventh Secretary General of Amnesty International. In 2011, she was elected Director-General of the International Development Law ...more

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Albert Chen Hung-yee is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Albert Chen Hung-yee Albert Chen Hung-yee is a legal scholar in Hong Kong. He was the immediate past Dean of the Faculty of Law of The University of Hong Kong, where he currently serves as the Chair Professor in ...more

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Michael C. Dorf is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Professor, Law professor Michael C. Dorf is an American law professor and a scholar of U.S. constitutional law. He is currently a Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. In addition to constitutional law, Professor Dorf ...more

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Albert Douglas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Albert Douglas Albert Douglas was a U.S. Representative from Ohio. Born in Chillicothe, Ohio, Douglas attended the public schools of Chillicothe and a preparatory school. He graduated from Kenyon College, ...more

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Eddie Eagan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Harvard Law School Alumni
Edward "Eddie" Patrick Francis Eagan was an American sportsman who is notable as being the only person to win a gold medal at both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games in different ...more