According to The Telegraph, American student Gabrielle Turnquest was called to the Bar of England and Wales after passing her exams at just 18, qualifying her as a barrister in those countries. Turnquest is a native of Windermere, Florida who made news when she graduated from Liberty University of Virginia at 16, which made her that college’s youngest-ever graduate with a degree in psychology. She most recently took courses at Britain’s University of Law along with her sister Kandi, who also passed her bar exams (she is 22). The average lawyer in Britain undertakes the Bar Professional Training Course when they are 27.
The teenager hopes eventually to be a fashion law specialist and will also take the American Bar exam so she can practice law in the U.S. But as her parents are originally from the Bahamas and the British exams cover that country as well, she may practice there for a time. She said: “I am honored to be the youngest person to pass the Bar exams but, really, I was not aware at the time what the average age was. I didn’t fully realize the impact of it.”
article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson