A resulting irony is that, while Kavanaugh’s Yale pedigree was a key reason Trump tapped him for the high court, his years as an undergraduate there have become a source of heated controversy — including allegations of sexual misconduct by a fellow student, Deborah Ramirez — and the current student body at the law school, which is more attuned to politics, a locus of major protest against his nomination.

“What gives it a special turn of the screw is that he’s a double Yalie and that so much of the attention has turned to Yale itself with the Deborah Ramirez allegations,” said Akhil Amar, a professor of constitutional law at Yale Law School. Amar, who penned a New York Times op-ed in support of Kavanaugh’s nomination shortly after it was announced, has since called for an investigation of the sexual assault claims against the judge.