Common Interests of Harvard Law Alumni

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April 29, 2013 by Bill Johnson

Harvard is known to be one of the best institutions of higher learning in the United States today. It is famous all around the world. It isn’t surprising that as one of the top-ranked universities in the country, they have produced some rather important alumni. The same goes for graduates of Harvard’s law program. But what are the interests of people who graduated from Harvard’s law school? What have they done after graduating? Of course, many have gone to practice in the field of law, as attorneys or judges. But other alumni have had different interests. Here are some examples of them:

Politics and government

Harvard’s law school has produced two U.S. Presidents so far. The most famous one at the moment is of course Barack Obama. But Rutherford B. Haynes, the 19th President of the United States, who has served between 1877 and 1881, was also a law school graduate.

Many state senators are also on the list, including Ted Stevens from Alaska, George Frisbie Hoar from Massachusetts and Ted Cruz, the current Texas Senator. Local governments have also occasionally seen Harvard Law School graduates within their ranks. Some of the most famous examples include Avid Chiu, president of the San Francisco Board of Governors, Anthony Williams, mayor of Washington D.C., and Joel Wachs, who has served on the Los Angeles City Council for 30 years.

Arts & Entertainment

The arts and entertainment industry has many Harvard Law School graduates within its ranks. One of the most popular interests of graduates within the world of arts is definitely literature. You can find numerous Harvard graduates while looking at famous alumni. Notable examples include Susan Cain, a New York Times best-selling writer, Owen Winster, who graduated in 1888 and went on to write numerous famous westerns (such as Islandia) and Walter Wager, an author famous for the quality of his spy fiction novels.


Unsurprisingly, many of the graduates went on to have careers in the business world, often reaching top executive positions. Some have founded very successful enterprises that have helped shape the American business world as we know it today.

The founders of the Hyatt Hotel chain, First U.S. Oil Company, Party gaming gambling site and Broderbund Software – a company that makes educational programs and video games – have all been law alumni from Harvard.

As you can see, many successful and famous individuals are Harvard law alumni. Many would credit the quality of the education received at Harvard for helping these people achieve what they have done today, but one must not forget that it is an individual’s drive and determination that will dictate where they end up after they finish college.


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