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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
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
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
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
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
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
Businessperson, Environmentalist, Entrepreneur
Marion Gordon Robertson is an American media mogul, executive chairman, and a former Southern Baptist minister, who generally supports conservative Christian ideals. He presently serves as ...more
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Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Yale Law School Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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