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This Year's Youngest Law Student Is Only 18

By George Khoury, Esq. | Last updated on

Andrew Parnas, who dreamed of going to law school at age 10, is now, at age 18, going to be starting law school this fall at George Washington University. And if you think the young man is full of idealism and passion for fighting the good fight, guess again.

The tenacious teen foresees a future in corporate law departments doing M&A, or working in ADR. Not only does he have political aspirations, but he only sees law school as a "stepping stone" to achieve his broader goals.

Carving a Path

Hopefully Andrew can steer clear of any drama, unlike one of his predecessors, Kiwi Camara. Mr. Camara was admitted to Harvard Law at the age of 17, graduated in three years with honors, and is now a practicing attorney. However, during his first year of law school, he made national headlines due to the controversy caused by his course outlines which contained racial slurs.

Between Kiwi, who graduated in 2004 and Andrew who's just starting law school, Gabrielle Turnquest, in 2013, at age 18, not only finished law school, but had passed the bar exam (in the UK). Ms. Turnquest is now practicing fashion law.

And if you're shocked that an 18 year old got licensed, get ready for a double shock, because nearly half a decade before Gabrielle, Kathleen Holtz, at age 18, had graduated from UCLA Law, and passed the California bar exam on her first try (unlike Governor Jerry Brown who failed it his first time).

Learning to Just Be Doogie

Though Mr. Parnas has probably already heard all the Doogie Howser jokes from the older generations that surround him, it might be wise for him to take a tip from the little fictional M.D. that blossomed into the well loved NPH:

[Journal Entry] March 21, 1993... Somewhere over the Atlantic. I've spent the last nineteen years learning how to be Doogie Howser, M.D. Now it's time to learn how to be just Doogie.

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