- Wikimedia Commons
Harvard and Yale Law School graduates have established themselves in some of America’s most powerful positions – from president to Supreme Court justice.
In fact, every single current member of the Supreme Court attended law school at Harvard or Yale – though Ruth Bader Ginsburg ultimately got her degree from Columbia Law School after transferring from Harvard Law.
Less well-known is where the justices attended for their undergraduate studies.
Take a look below to find out the alma maters of the justices of the highest court in America.
Anthony Kennedy — Stanford University
- Reuters/Kevin Lamarque
Kennedy graduated from Stanford in 1958 with a degree in political science. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1961.
Clarence Thomas — College of the Holy Cross
Thomas graduated cum laude from College of the Holy Cross in 1971 with a degree in English literature. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1974.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg — Cornell University
- James Madison H.S./ Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Ginsburg graduated from Cornell University in 1954 with a degree in government. She started at Harvard Law School in 1956, before transferring to Columbia Law School when her husband took a job in New York.
She graduated from Columbia in 1959, tying for first in her class.
Stephen Breyer — Stanford University
- Lowell H.S. Yearbook/U.S. Supreme Court
Breyer graduated from Stanford University in 1959 with a degree in philosophy. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1964.
John G. Roberts — Harvard University
- La Lumiere H.S./Supreme Court
Roberts graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1976 with a degree in history. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1979.
Samuel Alito — Princeton University
- Nassau Herald/Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images
Alito graduated from Princeton University in 1972 with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1975.
Sonia Sotomayor — Princeton University
- Via Wikimedia Commons
Sotomayor graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1976 with a degree in history. She graduated from Yale Law School in 1979.
Elena Kagan — Princeton University
Kagan graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1981 with a degree in history. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1986.
Neil Gorsuch — Columbia University
- Columbia University yearbook
Gorsuch graduated from Columbia in 1988. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991.
Antonin Scalia — Georgetown University
Gorsuch’s appointment to the Supreme Court filled the seat left vacant after Antonin Scalia’s death in February 2016. Scalia graduated valedictorian of Georgetown in 1957 with a degree in history. He continued on to Harvard Law School where he graduated in 1960.