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Perseverance: My Path to Becoming a Lawyer

September 14, 2011

I have always wanted to be a lawyer since I can remember understanding the concept of choosing a profession.  I am not quite sure why, but I just knew that is what I wanted to do.  I was never the brightest kid in class; however, I was consistent in maintaining my grades.  Graduated from High School with a 2.4 GPA, graduated from college with a 2.4 GPA, graduated from Law School with a 2.4 GPA.  In all three cases, I ranked in the exact middle of my class (now if that ain’t consistent; then what is???)  When I graduated from college, my grades and my LSAT scores were not sufficient to gain admittance to law school.  For 6 years, I attempted to get admitted, by taking graduate classes to boost my GPA, re-taking the LSAT, and applying to 9 different schools—NO GO!  However, with a Political Science degree, working for $10/hr. in customer service I never let go of my desire to become a lawyer. 

In my 6th year of trying I was finally accepted to a small private law school in Lansing Michigan, where my determination allowed me to be one of the 123 graduates of an entering class of nearly 500.  I graduated 7 years ago and have yet to ever sit for the State Bar to become licensed to practice.  So now you say—what is that baby’s problem?  A million excuses but no problem!  I have finally committed to sit for the February 2012 Texas Bar Exam and God willing will be admitted to practice in May 2012.  At this point in my life I am not looking to practice to become an instant million; but instead to practice on behalf of those who find themselves in situations where they need a good attorney but cannot afford one (the elderly, youth, mentally & physically disabled, low-income, child support paying absent fathers).

I am posting my story to inspire all my AAW’s to realize that it is not too late to strive for your dreams; that perseverance DOES pay off, and everything is not always about the smarts in your brain but instead about the fire in your soul!  As I spend these next months studying (while still working fulltime & being a parent/wife), I will be journaling my adventure, soliciting your prayers and accepting your advice!  I plan on living my life to its fullest…that is what God intended for me to do!

Share your stories about your past or current career pursuits; your opinion/advice about my journey; or anything you are moved to post about perseverance!    

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