Jerry O'Connell heads to law school

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Jerry O'Connell heads to law school

Fri Aug 14, 2009 @ 10:48AM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Jerry-oconnell-6th-annual-lili-claire-foundation-benefit-gX3pWT Has Hollywood gotten so bad that some actors are now pursuing law degrees?

Jerry O'Connell has enrolled at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. He was spotted at orientation by a fellow student last week, and the dean of the school is reportedly "very excited" to have the "Stand By Me" and "Jerry Maguire" star in the classroom. No word yet on what practice area O'Connell intends to pursue.

It got us thinking about other celebrities with law degrees. The list includes Gerard Butler, John Cleese, Julio Iglesias, WCW wrestler Raven, Geraldo Rivera, and Jerry Springer. Matthew McConaughey never made it through law school, but Dennis Greene, the founder and singer of Sha Na Na, apparently teaches entertainment law at the University of Dayton School of Law.

Of course, most of these people found fame and fortune after slaving away in law school.

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