College, law school, polit. years, CLINTON

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College and law school years With the aid of scholarships, Clinton attended the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., receiving a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (B.S.) degree in 1968. He spent the summer of 1967, the summer before his senior year, interning for Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright . [3] While in college, he became a brother of co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega [10] and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa . Clinton was also a member of the Order of DeMolay , [11] a youth group affiliated with Freemasonry, but he never became a Freemason . He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi honorary band fraternity. [12] Upon graduation, he won a Rhodes Scholarship to University College, Oxford where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics , though because he had switched programs and had left early for Yale University, he did not receive a degree there. [6] [13] [14] He developed an interest in rugby union , playing at Oxford [15] and later for the Little Rock Rugby club in Arkansas. While at Oxford he also participated in Vietnam War protests and organized an October 1969 Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam event. [3] Clinton's political opponents charge that to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War during his college years, he used the political influence of a U.S. Senator, who employed him as an aide . [16] Col. Eugene Holmes, an Army officer who was involved in Clinton's case, issued a notarized statement during the 1992 presidential campaign: "I was informed by the draft board that it was of interest to Senator Fulbright's office that Bill Clinton, a Rhodes Scholar, should be admitted to the ROTC program ... I believe that he purposely deceived me, using the possibility of joining the ROTC as a ploy to work with the draft board to delay his induction and get a new draft classification." [17] Although legal, Clinton's actions were criticized by conservatives and some Vietnam veterans during his presidential campaign in 1992. [18] After Oxford, Clinton attended Yale Law School and earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 1973. [6] In a Yale library in 1971 he met fellow law student Hillary Rodham , who was a year ahead of
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him. [19] They began dating and soon were inseparable. After only about a month, Clinton postponed his plans to be a coordinator for the George McGovern campaign for the 1972 United States presidential election in order to move in with her in California. [20] They married on October 11, 1975, and their only child, Chelsea , was born on February 27, 1980. [19] Clinton did eventually move to Texas with Rodham to take a job leading George McGovern 's effort there in 1972. He spent considerable time in Dallas , at the campaign's local headquarters on Lemmon Avenue, where he had an office. Clinton worked with future two-term mayor of Dallas , Ron Kirk , future governor of Texas , Ann Richards , and then unknown television director (and future filmmaker) Steven Spielberg .
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