An 18-year-old from California, who passed the state bar exam at age 17, now works as a practicing attorney. The Tulare County District Attorney’s Office announced Peter Park’s record-breaking performance in a Facebook post, saying it was a “legally historic moment.” Remarkably, Mr. Park passed the state bar exam at the age of 17 on his first attempt, surpassing the previous record set by an 18-year-old. After completing his law studies, he has been working as a trainee at the firm since August.
“In a moment of legal history, Peter Park, paralegal to the Tulare County District Attorney, passed the rigorous California bar exam on his first try, becoming the youngest person ever to pass the exam at age 17. According to research, the previous record holder was 18 years old. Park received his test results on November 9th after taking the exam in July,” the Facebook post said.
According to the post’s headline, Mr. Park started high school in 2019 at the age of 13 while simultaneously enrolling in a four-year law degree at Northwestern California University School of Law. He was able to enroll because a state bar policy allowed students to apply to law school after completing college-level proficiency exams.
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Mr. Park graduated from high school in 2021 and received his law degree in 2023, the post said. He then passed the bar exam on his first attempt at the age of 17 and then worked for the public prosecutor’s office.
“It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. It took discipline and strategy to pass the bar exam, and in the end I did it. I am very blessed to have discovered this path and I hope more people do.” “There are alternative paths to becoming a lawyer,” said Mr. Park.
“I aspire to become a prosecutor because I am driven by a moral obligation to uphold freedom, equality and justice in society. “I admire how prosecutors keep our community safe and bring justice to victims,” he added.
Accordingly The guardPeter Park was officially sworn in as a practicing lawyer last week. This makes him one of the youngest practicing attorneys in the state.
Source : www.ndtv.com