A 16-Year-Old Law Student?

By George Khoury, Esq. on March 18, 2019 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Lawyers come in all shapes, colors, sizes, and ages. And while often young lawyers face the stigma of their own youth, one soon-to-be 16-year-old law student is ready to take that challenge on. Sound familiar?

Haley Taylor Schlitz was accepted to nine different law schools, and has announced that she will be attending Southern Methodist University's Dedman School of Law in the fall. Her current interests include education policy and intellectual property because "it sounds cool." And before you go looking it up, according to Google, the youngest law grad ever was Stephan Baccus who graduated from Miami Law in 1986 at the age of 16.

Too Young to Litigate?

As the story of Stephan Baccus illustrates, Haley may have some difficulty post-law school, when seeking to gain admission.

However, given her interests in intellectual property and education policy, if faced with a short break between graduation and admission, it likely wouldn't even impact or deter her from her goals. It probably wouldn't even impact her score on the bar exam as she explained that the LSAT was fun.

Her passion for education policy was sparked by the adversities she herself faced. She was not allowed to sit for the tests to enter the gifted program at her public school. Her parents withdrew her and began home-schooling her, quickly getting her through the high school level and into a community college where she completed her associates, and now a bachelors of science, all by 16.

Given Haley's accomplishments to date, it'll be exciting to see how soon she graduates, and what comes next.

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