Q: Which three NYU Law graduates ran for President as major party candidates? (See the end of this post for answer.)

I love trivia. When I was 9, I sat down and memorized every World Series winner in history. In high school, I was on the “College Bowl” team. In college, my friends and I would go to a bar every Sunday for their trivia contest. It’s fun, challenging and cool to know a bunch of random facts that aren’t really helpful in the real world.

Fun Times in Law School Playing Trivial Pursuit

I’ve found plenty of company at NYU Law. A bunch of my friends from law school go to a bar close to the law school, off-and-on, on Tuesdays for their trivia contest (though we’ve only won once, when they had a category about the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.)

We’ve also begun playing Sporcle.com, a trivia contest web site, every chance we get between class. Supposedly, Professors Troy McKenzie and Richard Epstein played against a team of 1Ls last semester, and won big. I’ve heard that Judge Danny Boggs of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals requires all of his clerkship applicants to take a general knowledge test (and was his clerks’ phone-a-friend twice on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?)

Lawyers are highly educated and incredibly competitive. Trivia contests give us a competitive outlet for our over-education. What more could you ask for?

Sam Tilden, Super Awesome, and NYU Law grad

Okay, now the answer: The three NYU graduates to run for President were Samuel Tilden, whose name is now part of a public interest scholarship at NYU, in 1876, Senator Lamar Alexander, in 1996 and 2000, and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, in 2008.

This entry was written by and posted on April 25, 2010.
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