11 Famous Female Lawyers and Their Legal Careers

Some of the best and most famous lawyers in the world are women, and they are setting examples for young women who want to enter this profession.

These 11 famous female lawyers will inspire you.

1. Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama, born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson on January 19, 1964, was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is also one of the most famous female lawyers, as well as a university administrator and a writer.

As First Lady, she became a role model for women around the world, and she was advocating for poverty awareness and education. She earned her Juris Doctor degree after studying at the Harvard Law School in 1988.

 

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2. Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren, born Elizabeth Ann Herring on June 22, 1949, is a politician who has been the senior United States Senator of Massachusetts since 2013. She is also one of the most famous female lawyers who studied law at Rutgers University, and graduated in 1976.

She specializes in commercial law and bankruptcy, and she has been teaching law at a few different schools, including Harvard Law School.

 

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3. Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney, born Amal Alamuddin on February 3, 1978, is a Lebanese-British barrister who specializes in international law and human rights. She is the wife of famous actor George Clooney.

Known as one of the most famous female lawyers, she studied at the New York University School of Law, where she earned her Master of Laws degree and was admitted to the bar in 2002. She is now a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers.

 

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4. Judith Sheindlin

Judith Sheindlin was born Judith Susan Blum on October 12, 1942. She is an American prosecution lawyer, as well as a former family court judge. She is also a television personality known as Judge Judy for her television courtroom series.

She studied at the New York Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1965. She passed the New York state bar examination the same year, and she was appointed a criminal court judge in 1982.

 

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5. Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, born Hillary Diane Rodham on October 26, 1947, was the First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. She is a famous lawyer, a politician, a diplomat, a public speaker and a writer.

She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1973. As the Democratic Party’s nominee, she lost the 2016 United States presidential election to Donald Trump.

 

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6. Nancy Grace

Nancy Ann Grace was born on October 23, 1959. She is a former prosecutor as well as a legal commentator and a television journalist. She has been hosting her own current affairs program between 2005 and 2016, and has been involved in different controversies due to her outspokenness.

She received her Juris Doctor degree from the Walter F. George School of Law, and her Master of Laws degree from the New York University.

 

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7. Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Maria Sotomayor was born on June 25, 1954. She was the first hispanic and latina woman to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, in 2009.

She received her Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1979, and she joined the New York bar in 1980. She eventually became a Federal District Judge, and a Court of Appeals Judge.

 

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8. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, born Joan Ruth Bader on March 15, 1933, is a lawyer and a jurist. She is also an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since 1993, and the first Jewish female justice.

She studied at Harvard Law School, and earned her Bachelor of Laws degree at Columbia Law School. She is known as an advocate for women’s rights and gender equality.

 

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9. Michele Bachmann

Michele Bachmann was born Michele Marie Amble on April 6, 1956. She is a former attorney and a politician, member of the Republican Party.

She earned her Juris Doctor degree in 1986, and received her Master of Laws degree from William & Mary Law School in 1988. She then worked as an attorney from the Internal Revenue Service from 1988 to 1993.

 

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10. Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was born Margaret Hilda Roberts on October 13, 1925. She was a lawyer, but she was mostly known for being the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, from 1979 to 1990. She was a highly controversial figure, and earned the nickname of Iron Lady.

Known as one of the most famous female leaders in the world, she studied law, and qualified as a barrister specializing in taxation in 1953. She died in 2013.

 

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11. Laura Ingraham

Laura Anne Ingraham was born on June 12, 1963. She is a former attorney, and a conservative television and radio talk show host.

She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991. She has later hosted shows such as the Ingraham Angle, and the Laura Ingraham Show.

 

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