7 More Famous Law School Dropouts

Donald Rumsfeld

donald-rumsfeldThe 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.

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  1. Guano Dubango

    March 28, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Didn’t Fellini direct a number of pictures where people ran around naked? I guess law school could not provide him with this kind of excitement.

  2. AC

    March 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Joshua Redman, the savant jazz saxophonist, graduated summa from Harvard and was accepted to Yale Law. He deferred entrance for a year to gig around NYC, but never enrolled. He’s my nomination for the Narrowly Avoided Law School Indebtedness list.

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