We posted our 11 Famous Law School Dropouts nearly three years ago and it’s been a hit, becoming one of our most popular posts of all time. Then, as now, we asked the question:
Whatever became of the law school drop out? You know, the guy who just stopped showing up to Criminal Law one day, or the woman who got up to go to the bathroom during Contracts and never came back—where did they go?
Well, here are seven more to feel good about.
According to Paul Simon: The Definitive Biography, Simon attended Brooklyn Law School in the fall of 1963, during which time he got back together with old friend Art Garfunkel, began to work on “The Sounds of Silence,” and essentially launched his music career. Our guess is he stunk up torts class pretty badly and didn’t come through with his outline. Prior to enrolling in the fall, Simon did what most upper-middle-class graduates used to do: bounce around Europe for a few months.
Walton made our hall of fame list of Top Five Lawyers Who Were Great College Hoopsters. Thing is, though, he’s not a lawyer. He dropped out of law school after two years at Stanford, which basically was somewhere to go while he recovered from radical surgery on his left foot. Hard to say how he did at school, as he also spent the time playing beach volleyball and messing about with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. After his second year at Stanford, and apparently recovered from law school and surgery, he rejoined the LA Clippers and later signed with the Boston Celtics, where he won the “Sixth Man Award” in 1986. Ever since, he’s been a successful sports commentator, among other things.
The original Donald attended Georgetown Law Center in 1957, dropping out that same year. There’s really not much more to the story, other than he got involved in submarines in the Navy after dropping out and that former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson was also a Georgetown Law Center dropout (1934). Interestingly, though, future U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was an undergrad at Georgetown at the same time Rumsfeld was a law student, but Scalia apparently stuck it out while Rumsfeld left law school and entered politics.
The author of To Kill a Mockingbird and friend to Truman Capote actually started law school as an undergraduate while at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, where she was also the editor of the humor magazine Rammer Jammer. After a year of law studies and a summer exchange program at Oxford University, law school was no longer her thing and she went full force into writing, moving to New York in 1949 at the age of 23. She ultimately published To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960, winning a Pulitzer for her efforts in 1961. She has since politely refused to talk to journalists, at least since 1964.
The daughter of a powerful Louisville politician, Sawyer attended one semester at the University of Louisville before dropping out and giving a go to journalism. She first entered the fray of Republican politics in the Nixon administration and was later thought to be the Watergate source “Deep Throat,” which journalist Bob Woodward publicly denied after Sawyer requested it. She is currently the ABC World News anchor. Not bad.
Film critic, political commentator, former guest host of Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, and current host of his own radio show, Michael Medved dropped out of Yale Law School in 1969 (he actually entered Yale University as an undergrad at age 16). He then worked his way through politics, speechwriting, bookwriting, screenwriting, and landed at the New York Post, where he was the paper’s movie critic for five years. He also had stints as a film critic on TV before settling in at his current duties as host of the Michael Medved Show, a radio show syndicated to more than 200 stations and with a weekly audience of about five million.
Though he is thought to have never attended class, master filmmaker Federico Fellini enrolled in law school at the University of Rome in 1939, primarily to please his parents. Instead of attending class, he ended up writing a column for a well-known humor magazine, where he also began to meet influential filmmakers, performers, and screenwriters. He later went on to direct some of the world’s most iconic films, winning five academy awards and a slew of others.