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Law graduate who came 76/85 in his class set to become world’s most powerful person

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Joe Biden gives hope to struggling law students across the globe

It is perhaps one of the greatest career success stories in recent times. A law graduate that ranked 76th in his class of 85 is on the cusp of becoming the world’s most powerful person.

Joe Biden is on the verge of defeating Donald Trump to become the 46th President of the United States in a tense election that saw the rivals neck and neck in key swing states. As things stand, Biden has 253 of the 270 electoral votes he requires to secure the White House. Trump has 214.

It’s customary in the US to complete an undergraduate degree in a subject other than law before embarking on a Juris Doctor, and so Biden double majored in history and political science at the University of Delaware before starting his law degree at Syracuse University College of Law in New York. He graduated in 1968, ranking a lowly 76th in his class of 85, according to Mother Jones.

Shortly afterwards Biden clerked at a law firm in Wilmington and was later admitted to the Delaware bar in 1969. He practised law first as a public defender and then at another law firm before making moves in the political arena, launching his first-ever campaign for New Castle County Council which he won by 2,000 votes. He served on the council, while still practising law, until 1972. That same year, Biden, aged 29, became one of the youngest people ever elected to the US Senate.

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Biden’s CV contrasts with other prominent US politicians, many of whom attended Ivy League law schools. Hillary Clinton, the last Democratic presidential candidate, studied law at Yale where she began dating future hubby Bill, the 42nd US President. Barack Obama, the last Democratic President, studied law at Harvard and was selected editor of the Harvard Law Review at the end of his first year.

Biden wasn’t even sure law school was for him, according to a video that has resurfaced from 1987. “The first year in law school I decided I didn’t want to be in law school and ended up in the bottom two-thirds of my class and then decided I wanted to stay and went back to law school and in fact ended up in the top half of my class,” said Biden, who was back then a senator, when asked about his academic credentials during a campaign appearance. It later emerged that Biden made little progress throughout the three-year course, apparently ranking 80/100 in the first semester of his first year, and 79/87 in the second semester of his second year.

Biden’s likely election win will make running mate Kamala Harris, also a lawyer, the 49th Vice-President of the United States. Harris, who represents California in the US Senate and previously served as the state’s attorney general, received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

In other legal news relating to the election, President Trump has threatened to contest the election result in the Supreme Court.

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13 Comments

Anon

President (to be) yet if he was British he’d be too old to be a judge in the UK Supreme Court!

Jeremy Corbyn Fan

Biden is the same age as Sir John Major, who was Prime Minister 23 years ago.

Too old.

Anon

Go Biden! ??

leo

this is why it pays to be at a US law firm. most US presidents have been at one

Anon

Michael Dukakis and Hillary Clinton were the only candidates from either party in the last 50 years to have substantial careers practising law, and both lost.

Nixon practised for a few years before WWII. Obama practised for slightly more than two years before he was elected to the Illinois State Senate.

MC lawyer

“It is perhaps one of the greatest career success stories in recent times” … really? Get a life LC.

I may be in danger of stating the obvious here but not all successful people in this world have legal qualifications AND were in the top 3rd of their class. I don’t think Biden needs your praise for failing to meet a silly TC checklist.

Anon

Hear that kids! Doesn’t matter if you’re not good enough to get a TC. If you work in politics, do nothing useful for years and be patient, you too can be President when you’re in your 70’s! (Subject to running against an unpopular president in a pandemic and a looming economic crisis).

truth hurts

Haha, and most British law students will be lucky if they can get a gig at Starbucks.

Puppet

Here’s the lesson for law students. If you pander to the interests of the NWO you can make it to the “top” even if you are borderline senile.

IT'S NOT OVER THOUGH

TRUMP CAN STILL MAKE IT

Trumpet

STOP THE STEAL!

Anonymous

Not sure he should be made any kind of role model for law students…

He also plagiarised massively (a whole five pages verbatim from a published law review) in one of his first-year papers, and was nearly thrown out of law school.

(For the avoidance of doubt, I’m absolutely no Trumpist)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1987/09/18/biden-admits-plagiarizing-in-law-school/53047c90-c16d-4f3a-9317-a106be8f6102/

Anonymous

And lied about his academic performance during his presidential run in the ’80s, claiming he was the only one in his class to have had a full academic scholarship, graduated at in the top half of his law school class, was named “Outstanding Political Science Student of the Year” and gained 3 undergraduate degrees.

He was soon revealed not to have won any such award, to have had a half scholarship (like everyone else), gained one undergraduate degree, and graduated near the bottom of his law school cohort.

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