Before they were famous, they were lawyers!

Lawyers – love them or loathe them, they do a very important job. If you’re considering studying law or even if you currently are, you might be very surprised to know that there are quite a few celebrities out there who are lawyers but you never would have guessed it. Here we take a look at some famous faces who practised law before they became famous:

  1. Julio Iglesias – yes the Spanish crooner himself and father to the famous Enrique had a brief spell dabbling in law. He was studying law in Spain when he was involved in a car accident which left him paralysed for three years. This interrupted his studies significantly so during his recovery, he taught himself the guitar and discovered a natural talent for music. After a massively successful career in the music industry, he returned to higher education and finally finished his law degree in 2001.
  2. Bob Mortimer is one celebrity you’d never imagine having a law degree. He seems far too ridiculous for that! It seems that the hilarious Bob also has the intellectual smarts to go with it. He got his law degree at the University of Sussex and then his LLM at Leicester. He went onto to join the legal team at Southwark Council and it was during this time he was introduced to Vic Reeves. The rest is comedy history. To become a lawyer, you’ll need to complete a CRB Check. For more information, visit

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  1. Jerry Springer – he doesn’t appear much on our TV’s anymore but was hugely popular some years ago for his often controversial and very loud tabloid TV show where people would accuse others of cheating and paternity and DNA tests were ordered by the bucketload. Jeremy Kyle is our UK equivalent. Well, Jerry earned his law degree from Northwestern University and then worked on Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign. He then became the mayor of Cincinnati in 1977. He then turned to broadcast journalism.
  2. Fidel Castro had humble beginnings as the illegitimate son of a Cuban farmer. He studied law at the University of Havana which is when he first developed his leftist tendencies. From a humble start he found himself the President of Cuba until 2008 after several rebellions and a revolution.
  3. John Cleese studied law at the University of Cambridge but clearly had much more fun with the Cambridge Footlights amateur theatrical club. Joining this club laid the foundations for a hugely successful career. After University, he took his show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a star was born.
  4. Nelson Mandela was born to a South African tribe and was the first person in his family to even attend school. In 1943 he began his law studies at the University of Witwatersrand and thus began a rather spectacular life. He was imprisoned for decades and fought for the end of apartheid which he did see eventually and after his release from prison went on to become South Africa’s President in 1994.