Glenn at NYU

A 2013 interview in the Advocate is one superlative after another, amongst which:

Grappling with the powerful head-on was more attractive to Greenwald than actual politicking or policymaking, so he went off to law school at NYU, graduated top of his class, and went to work for one of the most slickly prestigious law firms in New York: Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

It goes onto explain how this superstar lawyer sued Rollerblade (and lost) because he had a boyfriend who couldn’t skate. But let’s back up a little:

graduated top of his class — that’s quite a bold claim.

In Scalon v. Kessler, a federal district court ruling by Judge Motley about Glenn’s exorbitant fees, footnote 2 states:

In 1994, Greenwald graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law and was a member of its law review for two years. Prior to forming his own firm, Greenwald spent one year as a junior associate at Watchell, Lipton, Rosen, and Katz, a major New York law firm.

Top of his class is normally summa cum laude. In fact, the NYU Law School guidance on grades makes is clear top could also be magna cum laude.

Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude

The following honors are awarded each year to members of the graduating class: Cum laude: to graduates whose grade point average places them in the top 25% of their class. Magna cum laude: to graduates whose grade point average places them in the top 10% of their class. Summa cum laude: to the very few students (if any in a particular year) who, in the judgment of the Executive Committee, have compiled a truly outstanding academic record.

It cannot, however, be merely cum laude.

Rudy Did Better

Rudy Sorry, Glenn, you’re lying again.
Try a bit harder next time and you could be as good as Rudy.
America’s Felon graduated NYU Law magna cum laude