This list of famous people who went to law school is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, musicians, and athletes have attended law school. Some of these celebrities studied law before they were famous while others waited until they retired to focus on higher education. Several former child stars went on to become successful lawyers.
Who is the most famous person who studied law? Nelson Mandela tops this list. The former President of South America attended law school at the University of Witwatersrand.
Many child actors went on to study law. “The Wonder Years” cast member Josh Saviano received his law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York. The Goonies actor Jeff Cohen received his law degree from UCLA School of Law in 2000. He now works as an entertainment lawyer.
Nelson Mandela went to law school at the University of Witwatersrand.
Gerard Butler studied law at Glasgow University and briefly worked as a trainee lawyer in Edinburgh.
Mahatma Gandhi studied law at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.
Talk show host Jerry Springer received his law degree from Northwestern University in 1968.
Fidel Castro studied law at the University of Havana, graduating in 1950.
Monty Python funnyman John Cleese studied law at Downing College in Cambridge.
NFL player Steve Young received his law degree from Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School, after he retired from football.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off actor Ben Stein received his degree from Yale Law School.
Talk show host Geraldo Rivera received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1969.
Stand By Me actor Jerry O’Connell studied law at Southwestern Law School, but he did not graduate.
Can’t Hardly Wait actor Charlie Korsmo left acting to become a lawyer. He received his degree from Yale Law School in 2006.
Sports commentator Howard Cosell received his law degree from New York University School of Law.
The Skulls actor Hill Harper graduated cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
Singer Julio Iglesias studied law at the CEU San Pablo University in Madrid and received his degree from Complutense University of Madrid.
TV personality Ozzie Nelson studied law at Rutgers School of Law in Newark.
“Nip/Tuck “ actor Julian McMahon studied law at the University of Sydney, but he did not graduate.
Singer Andrea Bocelli received his law degree from the University of Pisa.
Artist Henri Matisse studied law in Paris where he later worked as a court administrator in Le Cateau-Cambrési.
Former NBA commissioner David Stern received his law degree from Columbia Law School in 1966.
Novelist John Grisham received his degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law and he worked as a lawyer for several years before turning to writing.
Artist Wassily Kandinsky studied law at the University of Moscow.
“Newhart “ actor William Sanderson received his law degree from the University of Memphis in 1971.
Tony La Russa
MLB player Tony La Russa received his degree from the Florida State University College of Law after he retired from baseball.
Francis Scott Key
“Star-Spangled Banner” composer Francis Scott Key studied law at St. John’s College in Maryland.
Author Washington Irving studied law in New York City. He passed the bar in 1806.
French author Charles Perrault studied law in Paris.
The Goonies actor Jeff Cohen received his law degree from UCLA School of Law in 2000. He now works as an entertainment lawyer.
Figure skater Dick Button received his degree from Harvard Law School.
“The Wonder Years “ actor Josh Saviano received his law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York.