Among other luminaries, former U.S. President William Howard Taft was a professor of constitutional law at the school from 1913 until he resigned to become Chief Justice of the United States in 1921. Presidents Gerald Ford and Bill Clinton received their law degrees at Yale Law School later in the century, and the law school's library has been memorialized as the meeting place of Bill and fellow student and current Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Current U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor are alumni of the school, and a number of former Justices have attended the school, including Abe Fortas, Potter Stewart and Byron R. White. Former Democratic Vice Presidential nominees Sargent Shriver and Joe Lieberman are also graduates. The school has also produced several heads of state around the world, including Karl Carstens, fifth president of Germany, and Jose P. Laurel, president of the Philippines during World War II. Alumni also include the current deans of eight of the ten top-ranked law schools in the US: Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Chicago, NYU, Michigan, Penn and Virginia.
The school's law library, Lillian Goldman Law Library, contains over 1,000,000 volumes. The law school's flagship law review is the Yale Law Journal.