Yale Law School just nabbed the number one spot on US News & World Report’s list of the Best Law Schools in America.
Its 13,000-plus alumni network — which includes several very famous graduates — is a hugely advantageous resource for incoming students.
Three Yalies currently sit on the US Supreme Court and one former First Couple met in the law library. The author of the best-selling memoir “Prozac Nation” even earned a law degree from Yale at the age of 40.
Find out who else bled Yale Blue.
Jane Matilda Bolin was the first African-American woman in the US to become a judge. During her 40 years serving as a judge of the Family Court of New York, she was an activist for children's rights and education.
President Gerald Ford coached the football and boxing teams at Yale while attending law school. He graduated in 1941.
Before he became president in 1973, Gerald Ford was known for another talent: his athletic abilities.
After he graduated from college, he turned down several offers to play professional football and instead opted to coach football and boxing at Yale, in hopes of attending its prestigious law school.
At first Yale Law School did not accept him due to his full-time coaching responsibilities, but it eventually admitted him in 1938. Ford continued to coach while attending law school and three years later, he graduated in the top 25% of his class. He entered politics soon after.
Before attending Yale Law School, Former Associate Supreme Court Justice Byron White played professional football and fought in World War II. He graduated in 1946.
Former Associate Supreme Court Justice Byron White, who was appointed by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, graduated from Yale Law School in 1946.
Before his law career took off, White won fame as a professional football halfback, nicknamed the 'Whizzer.' In 1938, he deferred a Rhodes Scholarship for a semester to play with the Pittsburgh Pirates, later called the Steelers. He led the league in rushing and received the National Football League's highest-ever salary, $US15,800.
His football career was cut short when World War II broke out and he enlisted in the Navy. Instead of returning to football after the war, White decided to enter law school, earning the highest grades in his first-year class at Yale Law. He graduated magna cum laude in 1946.
Dr. Reverend Pauli Murray championed women's and civil rights and co-founded the National Organisation for Women, along with Betty Friedan and others.
Decades later, after publishing papers which Thurgood Marshall called 'the Bible for civil rights lawyers' and contributing to the Brown v. Board of Education decision -- she entered Yale's
Doctor of the Science of Law program.
While writing her dissertation, entitled 'Roots of the Racial Crisis: Prologue to Policy,' she served on the President's Commission on the Status of Women Committee and laid the groundwork for NOW. In 1965, Murray became the
first African-American to earn a doctorate from Yale Law.
Ben Stein became famous when he played Ferris Bueller's droning instructor in the 1986 film 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.'
In the real world, he's also a lawyer, published author, speech writer for Presidents Nixon and Ford, and law and economics columnist for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.
Even though he says that he 'didn't get the highest grades,' Stein told CNN that 'the students voted on who was to be valedictorian. I was the most popular, so I was elected.'
While attending Yale Law School in 1971, former president Bill Clinton was studying in the library when he met a fellow law student: Hillary Rodham.
They began dating right away -- she described their meeting as 'an immediate attraction' -- and the couple married just a few years later, in 1975.
While attending Yale Law School, the former First Lady and US Secretary of State served
on the Board of Editors of Yale Law Review and Social Action, interned with children's advocate Marian Wright Edelman, and met future husband Bill Clinton.
Hillary apparently made the first move when she saw Bill, who claims that she strode up to him in the library and said, 'If you're going to keep staring at me, I might as well introduce myself.'
Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was accepted to Yale Law School because of affirmative action and he has said that he found the experience to be highly stigmatizing.
While studying at Yale, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Samuel Alito served as editor of the Yale Law Review. He graduated in 1975, just one year after his fellow Supreme Court judge Clarence Thomas.
Alito returned to Yale in 2007 to sit on the judges' panel for the moot court finals.
Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor also edited The Yale Law Journal and graduated in 1979.
Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor -- the third woman and first Hispanic person to be appointed to the court -- attended Yale Law School on a scholarship. While there, she served as editor of the Yale Law Journal and managing editor of the student-run publication Yale Studies in World Public Order.
While at Yale, Sotomayor made waves when she filed a complaint against the law firm of Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge, after a partner suggested that she was only at Yale because of affirmative action. She won a ruling by a student-faculty tribunal and the firm eventually apologised to her.
Sotomayor graduated with her J.D. in 1979, and in 2013, she received an honorary degree during Yale's 312th commencement.
By the time Elizabeth Wurtzel was 30, she published a best-selling memoir and wracked up bylines in The New Yorker and New York Magazine. 'Prozac Nation,' published in 1994, recounted the writer's experiences with major depression and various drug treatments.
After establishing herself as a successful author, Wurtzel applied to Yale Law School on a whim. 'I did not go to law school planning to practice law,' Wurtzel wrote in a piece for New York Magazine. 'I did not go to law school for any reason, except that it was something I had always wanted to do.'
She graduated at the age of 40, landed a job at a law firm run by David Boies, and retired early to pursue writing again.
In 2011, an essay series in Yale Alumni Magazine laid out the evidence proving that the Dark Knight bled Yale Blue.
One of the more famous Batman comics, 1974's 'The Night of the Stalker,' was on display during a 2010 exhibit about comics and law at the Yale Law Library. On the final page, Batman is seen in Bruce Wayne's office, where a fuzzy Yale Law School diploma hangs on the wall.
'I always thought of him as a dual personality. As Bruce Wayne he is a bleeding-heart liberal do-gooder, and as Batman he is a vigilante conservative.' And both are 'so determined to right wrongs and end injustice. I thought Yale was a place someone like that would want to go. He wanted to develop himself as much as possible, physically and mentally. It just all seemed to be logical.'
The Batman TV series that aired in the late '60s, starring Adam West, also supported Yalies' case. In episode 33, a portrait of Wayne's great-grandfather wearing a Yale sweatshirt is shown, and it's revealed that he was the founder of the school's secret society, Skull and Bones.
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