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Famous Howard University School Of Law Alumni

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Howard University School of Law and be of some renown.

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

Thurgood Marshall and Douglas Wilder are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Howard University School of Law?” and “Which celebrities are Howard University School of Law alumni?”
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    Judge, Politician

    AgeDec. at 84 (1908-1993)

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an American lawyer, serving as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was  ...more

    #414 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#54 of 302 The Most Influential Politicians In American History#32 of 432 The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

  • 2
    Politician, Lawyer

    Age90

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    Lawrence Douglas Wilder (born January 17, 1931) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the 66th Governor of Virginia, from 1990 to 1994. He was the first African American to serve as  ...more
  • 3
    Politician, Consultant

    Age51

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    Adrian Malik Fenty (born December 6, 1970) is an American politician who served as the sixth mayor of the District of Columbia. He served one term, from 2007 to 2011, losing his bid for reelection at  ...more
  • 4
    Politician, Lawyer

    Age84

    BirthplaceUSA, Centralia, Illinois

    Roland Wallace Burris (born August 3, 1937) is an American politician and attorney who is a former United States Senator from the state of Illinois and a member of the Democratic Party. In 1978,  ...more
  • 5
    Politician, Actor

    AgeDec. at 100 (1907-2007)

    BirthplaceUSA, Virginia, Richmond

    Oliver White Hill, Sr. (May 1, 1907 – August 5, 2007) was an American civil rights attorney from Richmond, Virginia. His work against racial discrimination helped end the doctrine of "separate but  ...more
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    Judge, Politician

    Age68

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

    Vicki Miles-LaGrange (born September 30, 1953) is a former Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. She was the first  ...more
  • 7

    AgeDec. at 69 (1823-1893)

    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware

    Mary Ann Shadd Cary (October 9, 1823 – June 5, 1893) was an American-Canadian anti-slavery activist, journalist, publisher, teacher, and lawyer. She was the first Black woman publisher in North  ...more
  • 8

    AgeDec. at 94 (1917-2012)

    BirthplaceCaryville, Florida

    Robert Lee Carter (March 11, 1917 – January 3, 2012) was an American lawyer, civil rights activist and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of  ...more
  • 9
    Politician, Lawyer

    Age63

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    Letitia "Tish" A. James (born October 18, 1958) is an American lawyer, activist and politician. She is a member of the Democratic Party, and is the Attorney General of New York having won the 2018  ...more
  • 10
    Politician, Lawyer

    Age87

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, USA

    Henry Leander Marsh III (born December 10, 1933) is an American civil rights lawyer and politician. A Democrat, in 1977 Marsh was elected by the city council as the first African-American mayor of  ...more
  • 11

    Age99

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Damon Jerome Keith (July 4, 1922 – April 28, 2019) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the  ...more
  • 12

    Age86

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr. (born August 15, 1935) is an American business executive and civil rights activist in the United States. A leading figure in the Civil Rights Movement, he was chosen by  ...more
  • 13
    Dovey Johnson Roundtree (April 17, 1914 – May 21, 2018) was an African-American civil rights activist, ordained minister, and attorney. Her 1955 victory before the Interstate Commerce Commission in  ...more
  • 14
    Lawyer, Teacher

    AgeDec. at 60 (1850-1911)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Charlotte E. Ray (January 13, 1850 – January 4, 1911) was the first Black American female lawyer in the United States. Ray graduated from Howard University School of Law in 1872. She was also the  ...more
  • 15

    Joseph Woodrow Hatchett

    Joseph Woodrow Hatchett (born September 17, 1932) is an attorney in private practice and was formerly a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and  ...more
  • 16
    Entrepreneur

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

  • 17
    Activist, Lawyer

    Age55

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Malik Zulu Shabazz (born Paris Lewis in 1966) is an American attorney. He has previously served as Chairman of the New Black Panther Party. As of 2013, he is the current National President of Black  ...more
  • 18

    Oscar Brown, Sr.

    Businessperson, Lawyer

    BirthplaceCamden, Arkansas

    Oscar Brown Sr. was a prominent Chicago businessman, lawyer and community activist. He is also the father of singer Oscar Brown Jr.  ...more
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    Anne Elise Thompson

    Anne Elise Thompson (born 1934) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.  ...more
  • 20
    Consuelo Bland Marshall (born 1936) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.  ...more
  • 21

    William Benson Bryant

    William Benson Bryant (September 18, 1911 – November 13, 2005) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and served as the first  ...more
  • 22

    Tanya Walton Pratt

    Judge

    Age62

    BirthplaceIndianapolis, Indiana

    Tanya Marie Walton Pratt (born December 14, 1959) is an American jurist who serves as United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.  ...more
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    Kevin P. Chavous

    Kevin P. Chavous (born May 17, 1956) is an attorney, author, education reform activist, and former Democratic Party politician in Washington, D.C., in the United States. He served as a member of the  ...more
  • 24

    Wilkie D. Ferguson

    Judge

    AgeDec. at 65 (1938-2003)

    BirthplaceFlorida

    Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. (May 11, 1938 – June 9, 2003) was an American lawyer and judge. He served as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of  ...more
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    Leland DeGrasse

    Leland George DeGrasse (born 1945/1946) was a judge in New York, New York, who served for seven years as an Associate Justice of the New York Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, First Judicial  ...more