65 Years, Countless Stories: Loretta Lynch ’84

This September, Harvard Law School will commemorate 65 years since women first graduated from Harvard Law School. Since that historic milestone, the number of women at HLS has grown dramatically from 13 women in the Class of 1953 to women making up nearly 50 percent of the incoming class in 2018.

This weekend, on Sept. 14-15, hundreds of Harvard Law alumnae will gather on campus for Celebration 65 to commemorate this anniversary and celebrate HLS alumnae’s contributions to the legal profession and society.

In the “Countless Stories” video series, alumni from across the generations share their HLS experience and explain the difference their legal education has made in their lives.

In this segment, former Attorney General of the United States Loretta Lynch ’84, the first African-American woman attorney general, discusses her career as the country’s chief law enforcement officer and head of the Department of Justice. Prior to her appointment at the DOJ, Lynch served as head of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn, N.Y. Read more about Lynch’s career in public service in the Harvard Law Bulletin’s Spring 2015 article, “Prosecutor with a Calling.”