7 More Famous Law School Dropouts

Harper Lee

harper-leeThe 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.

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Gregory Luce is the editor of Bitter Lawyer. He creates stuff and writes various columns, including Legal Crap My Kids Ask Me, Ask a Futurist, and Postcards from Lawyers.


  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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