The Ultimate Alternative Career for Lawyers

by Kaitlin Edleman | February 10, 2015

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Lawyers Turned Presidents

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

32nd President and Columbia Law grad. 

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While it may no longer be true that you can do anything with a law a degree, one job that still does appear to be J.D. preferred is President of the United States of America. Twenty-five of the nation’s 44 presidents studied or practiced law at some point during their careers. In honor of Presidents’ Day, below find a list of the United State Presidents who were also lawyers.

  • No. 2 — John Adams
  • No. 3 — Thomas Jefferson
  • No . 4 — James Madison
  • No. 6 — John Quincy Adams
  • No. 7 — Andrew Jackson
  • No. 8 — Martin Van Buren
  • No. 10 — John Tyler
  • No. 11 — James Polk
  • No. 13 — Millard Fillmore
  • No. 14 — Franklin Pierce
  • No. 15 — James Buchanan
  • No. 16 — Abraham Lincoln
  • No. 19 — Rutherford Hayes
  • No. 21 — Chester Arthur
  • No. 22 — Grover Cleveland
  • No. 23 — Benjamin Harrison
  • No. 25 — William McKinley
  • No. 27 — William Howard Taft
  • No. 28 — Woodrow Wilson
  • No. 30 — Calvin Coolidge
  • No. 32 — Franklin Roosevelt
  • No. 37 — Richard Nixon
  • No. 38 — Gerald Ford
  • No. 42 — Bill Clinton
  • No. 44 — Barack Obama

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