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

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

Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton are included on this list.

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

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Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Bill Clinton Statesman, Politician, Author William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Previously, he served as Governor of Arkansas from ...more

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Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Hillary Clinton Spokesperson, Politician, Diplomat Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party. As the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she was First Lady of ...more

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Yul Kwon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Yul Kwon Businessperson, Actor, Lawyer Yul Kwon is a Korean-American television host and former government official, lawyer, and management consultant based in Virginia. He first gained national recognition as the winner of the ...more

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Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Ben Stein Commentator, Financial adviser, Author Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He attained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents ...more

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Cory Booker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Cory Booker Politician, Lawyer Cory Anthony Booker is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, in office since 2013. Previously he served as Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. Booker was ...more

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Pat Robertson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Pat Robertson Businessperson, Environmentalist, Entrepreneur Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson is an American media mogul, executive chairman, and a former Southern Baptist minister, who generally supports conservative Christian ideals. He presently ...more

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Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Gerald Ford Politician, American football player, Lawyer Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford Jr. was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and, prior to this, was the 40th Vice President of the United States serving ...more

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John Yoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
John Yoo Professor, Author, Law professor John Yoo appeared in the 2011 film War on Terror.

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Gary Hart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Gary Hart Commentator, Politician, Novelist Gary Warren Hart is an American diplomat, politician, lawyer, author, professor and commentator. He served as a U.S. Senator representing Colorado, and sought the Democratic nomination for ...more

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Charles A. Reich is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Charles A. Reich Lawyer Charles A. Reich is an American legal and social scholar as well as writer who was a Professor at Yale Law School when he wrote the 1970 paean to the 1960s counterculture and youth movement, The ...more

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Paul Tsongas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Paul Tsongas Politician Paul Efthemios Tsongas was a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 1979 to 1985. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 1992 presidential election. He ...more

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George B. Selden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
George B. Selden Businessperson, Inventor, Lawyer George Baldwin Selden was a patent lawyer and inventor who was granted a U.S. patent for an automobile in 1895.

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Lawrence Lessig is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Lawrence Lessig Professor, Author, Political Activist Lawrence "Larry" Lessig is an American academic and political activist. He is a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark, and radio frequency spectrum, ...more

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John Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
John Lindsay Politician, Lawyer John Vliet Lindsay was an American politician, lawyer, and broadcaster who was a U.S. congressman, mayor of New York City, candidate for U.S. president, and regular guest host of Good Morning ...more

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Sargent Shriver is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Sargent Shriver Politician, Soldier, Pro-life activist Robert Sargent "Sarge" Shriver, Jr. was an American statesman and activist. As the husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, he was part of the Kennedy family, serving in the Kennedy and ...more

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Allard K. Lowenstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Allard K. Lowenstein Politician Allard Kenneth Lowenstein was a Democratic politician, a one-term congressman representing the 5th District in Nassau County, New York from 1969 until 1971. His work on civil rights and the ...more

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Brien McMahon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Brien McMahon Politician, Lawyer Brien McMahon, born James O'Brien McMahon was an American lawyer and politician who served in the United States Senate from 1945 to 1952. McMahon was a major figure in the establishment of the ...more

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Sonia Sotomayor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Sonia Sotomayor Editor, Judge, Jurist Sonia Maria Sotomayor is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving since August 2009. She is the 111th appointment to the Court, has the distinction of being its ...more

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Kenji Yoshino is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Kenji Yoshino Educator, Jurist, Writer Kenji Yoshino is a legal scholar and the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law. Formerly, he was the Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at ...more

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Jamie Pedersen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Jamie Pedersen Politician, Lawyer Jamie Pedersen is an American lawyer and politician from the state of Washington who has served as a member of the Washington State Legislature since January 2007. He currently represents the ...more

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Charles Whitebread is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Charles Whitebread Charles H. Whitebread was the George T. Pfleger Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Law School. He was an authority on criminal law and criminal procedure, writing and ...more

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Robert Reich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Robert Reich Commentator, Politician, Professor Robert Bernard Reich is an American political economist, professor, author, and political commentator. He served in the administrations of Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter and was ...more

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Eleanor Holmes Norton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Eleanor Holmes Norton Lawyer Eleanor Holmes Norton is a Delegate to the United States Congress representing the District of Columbia. As a non-voting member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Norton may serve on ...more

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Jerry Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Jerry Brown Politician, Lawyer Edmund Gerald "Jerry" Brown Jr. is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party who has served as the 39th Governor of California since 2011, having previously ...more

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David Wu is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
David Wu Politician, Lawyer David Wu is an American politician who served as the U.S. representative for Oregon's 1st congressional district from 1999 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party. As a child of ...more

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Elizabeth Wurtzel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Elizabeth Wurtzel Journalist, Novelist, Author Elizabeth Lee Wurtzel is an American writer and journalist, known for publishing her best-selling memoir Prozac Nation, at the age of 26. She holds a BA from Harvard College and a JD from Yale ...more

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Robert Rubin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Robert Rubin Businessperson, Politician Robert Edward Rubin is an American economist and banking executive. He served as the 70th United States Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton administration. Before his government ...more

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Clarence Thomas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Clarence Thomas Judge, Lawyer Clarence Thomas is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Succeeding Thurgood Marshall, Thomas is the second African American to serve on the Court. Thomas grew up in ...more

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Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Judge, Author, Lawyer Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr. was a prominent African-American civil rights advocate, author, and federal appeals court judge. Higginbotham was the seventh African-American Article III judge ...more

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Richard Blumenthal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Richard Blumenthal Lawyer Richard Blumenthal is the senior United States Senator from Connecticut and a member of the Democratic Party. Previously, he served as Attorney General of Connecticut. Born in Brooklyn, New ...more

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Bobby Shriver is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Bobby Shriver Activist, Politician, Journalist Robert Sargent "Bobby" Shriver III is an activist, attorney, journalist and member of the Kennedy family living in Santa Monica, California. He was a member of the Santa Monica City ...more

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Judah P. Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Judah P. Benjamin Businessperson, Politician, Barrister Judah Philip Benjamin QC was a lawyer and politician who was a United States Senator from Louisiana, a Cabinet officer of the Confederate States and, after his escape to the United Kingdom at ...more

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Potter Stewart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Potter Stewart Judge Potter Stewart was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. During his tenure, he made, among other areas, major contributions to criminal justice reform, civil rights, access to ...more

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Van Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Van Jones Civil Rights Advocate, Environmentalist, Author Van Jones is an actor.

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Keith P. Ellison is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Keith P. Ellison Judge Keith P. Ellison is a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. His chambers are in Houston, Texas. Educated first at Harvard College, from which he received a B.A. ...more

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Noah Feldman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Noah Feldman Professor, Author Noah Feldman is an American author and professor of law at Harvard Law School.

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Joel Z. Hyatt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Joel Z. Hyatt Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Lawyer Joel Z. Hyatt is a prominent businessman and former attorney and American politician of the Democratic party. He is the founder of Hyatt Legal Services, and was featured in the law firm's ...more

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Anita Hill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Anita Hill Professor, Lawyer Anita Faye Hill is an American attorney and academic, currently a professor of social policy, law and women's studies at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She ...more

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Lee Strobel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Lee Strobel Clergy, Journalist, Author Lee Patrick Strobel is an American Christian author, journalist, apologist and pastor. He has written several books, including four which received ECPA Christian Book Awards and a series which ...more

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Lisa Bloom is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Lisa Bloom Attorney at law, Lawyer Lisa Bloom is an American civil rights attorney best known as anchor of Lisa Bloom: Open Court, a two-hour live legal news program on truTv's In Session, from 2001 to 2009. She is the only child ...more

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Richard Primus is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Richard Primus Richard Abraham Primus is an American legal scholar. He currently teaches United States constitutional law at the University of Michigan Law School. In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim ...more

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Daniyal Mueenuddin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Daniyal Mueenuddin Businessperson, Journalist, Author Daniyal Mueenuddin is a Pakistani-American author who writes in English. His short-story collection In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, has been translated into sixteen languages, and won The Story ...more

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Kenneth Hecht is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Kenneth Hecht Lawyer Kenneth Hecht is an American public interest attorney. Hecht is an advocate for improved access to nutritious, affordable food on behalf of low-income people. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland ...more

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Neal Katyal is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Neal Katyal Professor, Law professor, Solicitor Neal Kumar Katyal is an American lawyer and chaired professor of law. He served as Acting Solicitor General of the United States from May 2010 until June 2011. As Acting Solicitor General, ...more

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Evan H. Caminker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Evan H. Caminker Evan H. Caminker is a Dean Emeritus of the University of Michigan Law School. As Dean, he succeeded Jeffrey S. Lehman, who resigned to become president of Cornell University. Caminker was ...more

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James Steinberg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
James Steinberg James Braidy "Jim" Steinberg is an American academic and political advisor, and former Deputy Secretary of State. He is currently Dean and Professor of Social Science, International ...more

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William H. Timbers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
William H. Timbers Judge William Homer Timbers was a longtime federal judge in the United States. Timbers graduated from Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. He spent many years in private practice in New York City ...more

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Brian Deese is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Brian Deese Brian Christopher Deese is a senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama. Earlier in the Obama Administration, Deese served as the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and ...more

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Ira Michael Heyman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Ira Michael Heyman Ira Michael Heyman was an Emeritus Professor of Law and of City and Regional Planning, and was Chancellor of University of California, Berkeley, and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution.

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Alex Azar is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
Alex Azar Alex Michael Azar II (born June 17, 1967) is an American lawyer and former drug company executive who is the current United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, after being nominated ...more