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Which justices who served entirely during the twentieth century never obtained a law degree?

Justice Robert Jackson, who served from 1941 to 1954, attended Albany Law School but did not graduate. He was admitted to the bar after attending only one year of law school. Justice Stanley Reed, who served from 1938 to 1957, studied law at both the University of Virginia and Columbia University, but did not graduate. He also studied international law at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Pierce Butler, who served from 1922 to 1939, did not attend law school. He learned the practice of law under a St. Paul law firm. George Sutherland, who served from 1922 to 1938, attended the University of Michigan Law School but did not graduate. John Hessin Clarke, who served from 1916 to 1922, did not attend law school, learning law from his father. Mahlon Pitney, who served from 1912 to 1922, did not graduate and also learned law from his father. Joseph Rucker Lamar, who served from 1911 to 1916, attended Washington and Lee University in 1877 but did not graduate. William Rufus Day, who served from 1903 to 1922, attended the University of Michigan law school but did not graduate. William Henry Moody, who served from 1906 to 1910, attended Harvard Law School in 1876–1877 but did not graduate.



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