The late United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was enrolled at HLS from 1956 to 1958. An outstanding student, she was editor of the Harvard Law Review. She also cared for her young daughter, Jane (who graduated from HLS in 1980), and her husband, Martin ’58, who had been diagnosed with cancer. She transferred to Columbia Law School in 1958 when Martin graduated from HLS and got a job in New York. At the time HLS did not allow her to complete her degree requirements at another school. She graduated from Columbia Law School in 1959 at the top of her class and served as editor of the Columbia Law Review.

In the years since, Ginsburg returned to Harvard Law School many times.