Law in Popular Culture

Batman May Have Been a Yale Law Grad

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Was Batman a Yale Law grad as well as a world-renowned crime fighter?

Perhaps. In 1974, the caped crusader was displaying a law diploma granted by “Yale University at Gotham,” according to the Yale Law Library Rare Books Blog.

The diploma appears on a wall of Bruce Wayne’s study on page 16 of Detective Comics no. 439 from March 1974. The comic is on display as part of a law library exhibit at the school called “Superheroes in Court: Lawyers, Law and Comic Books.”

Mark Widener, Yale’s rare books librarian, tells the ABA Journal that an alumnus of the school alerted exhibit organizers of the Ivy League-Justice League connection.

Judge Mark Dwyer of the New York’s Court of Claims and a 1975 Yale law grad is credited with passing along the tip.

Last updated 11:50 a.m., Oct. 7 to add comments from Widener.

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