Every Supreme Court justice went to Harvard or Yale Law School — here’s where they went for undergrad

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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

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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

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Left: Thomas in his undergraduate years at The College of the Holy Cross.
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Courtesy of the College of the Holy Cross Photo Archives

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

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Left: Ginsburg in her cheerleading days at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, N.Y, circa 1949.
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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

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Left: Breyer in his Lowell High School days, where he was on the debate team, in 1955.
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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

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Left: Roberts at La Lumiere High School, a Catholic boarding school in Indiana, in 1973.
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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

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Left: Alito in his Princeton undergraduate days, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar, “thinking great and ineffable thoughts,” as his yearbook puts it.
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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

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Sotomayor’s Princeton yearbook photo
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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

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Kagan graduates from Harvard Law School in 1986.
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Wikipedia

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

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Columbia University yearbook

Gorsuch graduated from Columbia in 1988. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1991.


Antonin Scalia — Georgetown University

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Left: Scalia is pictured here at Xavier High School in Manhattan in 1953.
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Xavier High School/Paul Morigi/Getty Images

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.