Harvard Law School consistently ranks as one of the best in the country, recently landing the No. 3 spot on Business Insider’s list of the 50 best law schools in America.
It’s no surprise then that the institution’s alumni comprise some of the most influential people in the country as well, including business magnates, Supreme Court justices, and US presidents.
Read on to meet some of the school’s most successfull graduates, from President Barack Obama to Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
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In 2008, Barack Obama cemented his place in history as the first black president of the United States. He made headlines during his time at HLS as well when he was elected as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. Obama graduated from law school in 1991, and spent years practicing civil rights law and teaching at the University of Chicago before deciding to run for public office. He served on the Illinois State Senate for eight years, and was elected to the US Senate in 2004.
Michelle Obama is also a Harvard Law School graduate, from the class of 1988. As the first-ever African-American First Lady, Obama has championed health, higher education, and support for service members, veterans, and their families. Before moving into the White House, Obama worked as a lawyer in Chicago and served as Associate Dean of Student Services at the University of Chicago.
Source: The White House
Justice Stephen Breyer joined the Supreme Court in 1994 at the appointment of Bill Clinton, where he’s earned a reputation for pragmatic thinking. Before that, the 1964 Harvard Law grad returned to his alma mater as a law professor from 1967 until 1980 and served on the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.