Answer: Justices William Rehnquist & Sandra Day O’Connor

Rehnquist graduated top of the class at Stanford Law in 1952 before being appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971 and serving as chief justice from 1986 to 2005. O’Connor placed third in the class and joined the Supreme Court in 1981, becoming the first woman to serve on the court. Rehnquist and O’Connor said they placed first and third, respectively, in their law class. Stanford claims not to have kept records and doesn’t know who was No. 2. Rehnquist passed away in 2005 at the age of 81. O’Connor served on the Supreme Court for 25 years before retiring in 2006. She is 87.

Photo caption: Law school classmates William Rehnquist and Sandra Day O’Connor (seated left, front row) observe the 1951 Moot Court competition at Stanford Law School. Photo credit: Stanford Law School and The Stanford Quad.

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