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James Kent
The Gothic Revival Law Library on Columbia's Madison Avenue Campus
Theodore William Dwight
Low Memorial Library
Butler Library
Jerome L. Greene Hall, home of the law school and the Arthur W. Diamond Library. June 2019
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Franklin D. Roosevelt

Law school of Columbia University, a private Ivy League university in New York City.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt

American politician and attorney who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945.

Official campaign portrait, 1944
Eleanor and Franklin with their first two children, 1908
Roosevelt in 1944
Roosevelt supported Governor Woodrow Wilson in the 1912 presidential election.
Theodore Roosevelt was Franklin Roosevelt's distant cousin and an important influence on his career.
Roosevelt as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1913
Cox and Roosevelt in Ohio, 1920
Rare photograph of Roosevelt in a wheelchair, with Fala and Ruthie Bie, the daughter of caretakers at his Hyde Park estate. Photo taken by his cousin Margaret Suckley (February 1941).
Gov. Roosevelt with his predecessor Al Smith, 1930
Results of the 1930 gubernatorial election in New York
Roosevelt in the early 1930s
1932 electoral vote results
Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act into law, August 14, 1935
1936 re-election handbill for Roosevelt promoting his economic policy
1936 electoral vote results
Roosevelt with Brazilian President Getúlio Vargas and other dignitaries in Brazil, 1936
The Roosevelts with King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, sailing from Washington, D.C., to Mount Vernon, Virginia, on the USS Potomac during the first U.S. visit of a reigning British monarch (June 9, 1939)
Foreign trips of Roosevelt during his presidency
1940 electoral vote results
Roosevelt and Winston Churchill aboard HMS Prince of Wales for 1941 Atlantic Charter meeting
Territory controlled by the Allies (blue and red) and the Axis Powers (black) in June 1942
The Allies (blue and red) and the Axis Powers (black) in December 1944
1944 electoral vote results
Official portrait of President Roosevelt by Frank O. Salisbury, c. 1947
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Born into the Roosevelt family in Hyde Park, New York, he graduated from both Groton School and Harvard College, and attended Columbia Law School, which he left after passing the bar exam to practice law in New York City.

Harlan F. Stone

American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1925 to 1941 and then as the 12th chief justice of the United States from 1941 until his death in 1946.

Birthplace of Stone
Harlan F. Stone commemorative stamp, issued in 1948

Raised in western Massachusetts, Stone practiced law in New York City after graduating from Columbia Law School.

New York Law School

Private law school in Tribeca, New York City.

57 Worth Street building.
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Current Law School in Tribeca

During the winter of 1890, a dispute arose at Columbia Law School over an attempt to introduce the Case Method of study.

William O. Douglas

American jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, who was known for his strong progressive views, and is often cited as the U.S. Supreme Court's most liberal justice ever.

Douglas in the 1930s
Douglas's Supreme Court nomination
Justice William O. Douglas
1973 Supreme Court group photo with Justice Douglas sitting second from the left on the front row
Douglas and his son William O. Douglas, Jr. in Washington, D.C. on April 17, 1939
Grave of William O. Douglas at Arlington National Cemetery.
William O. Douglas Wilderness outside Yakima, Washington
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal at Lock 20

He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1925 and joined the Yale Law School faculty.

Harvard Law School

Law school of Harvard University, a private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Coat of arms
Portrait of Isaac Royall Jr., painted in 1769 by J.S. Copley
Elena Kagan
Martha Minow, dean, 2009-2017
The former shield of Harvard Law School, which was retired in 2016
Law School participates in the Harvard Graduate Council (HGC), a university-wide student government
Barack Obama
Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Tibetan Prime Minister in Exile
Areeda Hall
Austin Hall
Griswold Hall
Hauser Hall
Langdell Hall
Pound Hall
Wasserstein Hall

HLS was ranked as the fourth best law school in the United States (in a tie with Columbia Law School, and trailing only Yale Law School, Stanford Law School, and the University of Chicago Law School) by U.S. News & World Report in its 2023 rankings, the most widely referenced rankings publisher in the American legal community.

Theodore Roosevelt

American politician, statesman, conservationist, naturalist, historian, and writer who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909.

Portrait by Pach Bros., c. 1904
Theodore Roosevelt at age 11
The Roosevelt coat of arms as displayed on Theodore Roosevelt's bookplate, featuring three roses in a meadow (in reference to the family name, which means "rose field" in Dutch).
6-year-old Theodore and 5-year-old Elliott watch Lincoln's funeral procession from the second-floor window of their grandfather's mansion (at top left, facing the camera), Manhattan, April 25, 1865
Roosevelt's taxidermy kit
Roosevelt's birthplace at 28 East 20th Street in Manhattan, New York City
Roosevelt as New York State Assemblyman, 1883
Theodore Roosevelt as Badlands hunter in 1885. New York studio photo.
NYC Police Commissioner Roosevelt walks the beat with journalist Jacob Riis in 1894—Illustration from Riis's autobiography.
The Asiatic Squadron destroying the Spanish fleet in the Battle of Manila Bay on May 1, 1898
Colonel Theodore Roosevelt
Colonel Roosevelt and the Rough Riders after capturing Kettle Hill in Cuba in July 1898, along with members of the 3rd Volunteers and the regular Army black 10th Cavalry
Bureau of Engraving and Printing engraved portrait of Roosevelt as President
Official White House portrait by John Singer Sargent
Roosevelt driving through a sequoia tree tunnel
The U.S.'s intentions to influence the area (especially the Panama Canal construction and control) led to the separation of Panama from Colombia in 1903
1903 cartoon: "Go Away, Little Man, and Don't Bother Me". Roosevelt intimidating Colombia to acquire the Panama Canal Zone.
1904 election results
Roosevelt family at Oyster Bay, circa 1903
Roosevelt shortly after leaving office, October 1910
Roosevelt standing next to the elephant he shot on safari
Punch depicts no-holds-barred fight between Taft and Roosevelt
Roosevelt campaigning for president, 1912
Theodore Roosevelt's medical x-ray on October 14, 1912, after the assassination attempt, showing the bullet that would remain inside his body for life
The bullet-damaged speech and eyeglass case on display at the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace in Manhattan, New York City
From left to right (seated): Fr. John Augustine Zahm, Cândido Rondon, Kermit Roosevelt, Cherrie, Miller, four Brazilians, Roosevelt, Fiala. Only Roosevelt, Kermit, Cherrie, Rondon, and the Brazilians traveled down the River of Doubt.
Former President Theodore Roosevelt in Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1914
Theodore and Edith Roosevelt's Grave at Youngs Memorial Cemetery
Part of the Works of Theodore Roosevelt
Sagamore Hill, Roosevelt's Long Island estate
"The Man of the Hour" Roosevelt as Warrior in 1898 and Peacemaker in 1905 settling war between Russia and Japan
1910 cartoon showing Roosevelt's many roles from 1899 to 1910
Theodore Roosevelt and pilot Hoxsey at St. Louis, October 11, 1910.

Roosevelt gave up his earlier plan of studying natural science and instead decided to attend Columbia Law School, moving back into his family's home in New York City.

James Kent (jurist)

American jurist, New York legislator and legal scholar.

James Kent by Rembrandt Peale (c.1835)
James Sharples, portrait of James Kent (1763-1847), 1798, pastel on paper, 8-7/8" x 6-15-16", gift of Edmund Astley Prentis, 1963 (C00.730), Avery Library, Columbia University
Ezra Ames (1768-1836), Chancllor James Kent (1763-1847), ca. 1812, oil on canvas, 36" x 28", gift of Miss Elizabeth S. Edwards and Mr. Henry Ames Edwards, 1946.97.1, Albany Institute of History & Art.
Elizabeth Bailey Kent, portrait by Daniel Huntington
James Kent (c.1860-65), photography by Mathew Brady

The Chancellor Kent Professorship at Columbia Law School is named after him, as is Kent Hall, which was built for the law school, but which now contains the C.V. Starr East Asian Library. Students who have high honors status (generally those who are in the top two to eight percent of the class) during any one of their years at Columbia Law School are called James Kent Scholars in honor of James Kent's status as Columbia's first professor of law.

Sonia Sotomayor

Associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Official portrait, 2009
Sotomayor's 1976 Princeton yearbook photo
Judge Sonia Sotomayor with her godson at the United States Court of Appeals signing ceremony in 1998
President Barack Obama meets with Judge Sonia Sotomayor and Vice President Joe Biden prior to an announcement in the East Room, May 26, 2009
Sotomayor before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first day of hearings on July 13, 2009
The four women Supreme Court Justices: Sandra Day O'Connor, Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Elena Kagan. O'Connor is not wearing a robe because she is retired from the Court.
Sotomayor in 2017
Sotomayor with her nephews at the original Yankee Stadium in 2007
Sotomayor at the 2017 John P. Frank Memorial Lecture at Arizona State University as the guest of honor.

Sotomayor has taught at the New York University School of Law and Columbia Law School.

Kimberlé Crenshaw

American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory.

She is a professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, where she specializes in race and gender issues.

Law school in the United States

Educational institution where students obtain a professional education in law after first obtaining an undergraduate degree.

Washington University School of Law, the first chartered law school in the United States to admit women.
Lady Justice

Despite the success of that institution, and of similar programs set up thereafter at Harvard University (1817), Dickinson College (1834), Yale University (1843), Albany Law School (1851), and Columbia University (1858), law school attendance would remain a rare exception in the profession.