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22-year-old lady sets record at US university, bags Law degree and masters at the same time

A 22-year-old lady named Brittany Reave has set a record as the first student to earn a master’s degree and graduate as a Lawyer at North Carolina Central University in the United University.

Brittany Reave made history as one of the youngest students to ever graduate from North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) School of Law and also the first to graduate with a dual degree from the institution’s joint juris doctor/ Master of Arts in History program.

Brittany has been an excellent student from high school, she had 86 college credits and graduated from Cumberland International Early College High School at the age of 17. Her accumulated college credits left her with a year of university-level courses required to obtain her bachelor’s degree.

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She proceeded to obtain a degree in history from Fayetteville State University with the goal of beginning law school that same, however, many schools were reluctant to accept her because of her young age.

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When it was time for me to start picking schools, a lot of people were hesitant about taking 18-year-olds,” Brittany said. “Although my GPA, LSAT scores were good; and everything else looked good on paper, when schools came across my age, it was a negative factor. I wasn’t getting positive responses.,” she added.

Brittany mentioned on the university’s website that she developed an interest in Law at the age of 12 when she came across some legal practitioners who were alumni of North Carolina Central University (NCCU) adding that they mentored her.

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“Through a community service program in my hometown of Fayetteville, I became close with a few district court judges who became mentors and allowed me to shadow them as a student at Cumberland International Early College High School. They were also graduates of NCCU School of Law,” she said.

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Brittany said she almost gave up her dreams but after an encounter with an NCCU School of Law Admissions staff member at a conference in Miami, who reassured her that she would help fulfill her lawyer dreams.

“I was really scared to let him know my age based on the negative feedback I’d received. However, after I shared my age, he responded that ‘I think you will do great at NCCU]\; you just need a certain level of support,” she said.

”Just hearing him say that really let me know right away that I would be going to [NCCU]. He believed I was capable of being successful at the school,” she added. Brittany stated that she was accepted within three weeks of submitting her application.

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She said the university transformed her both personally and professionally. She added that she got the support needed that she could not get from home as she is the first lawyer in her family.

She said that inspired by her father, an Army veteran, and the work she has done at the NCCU School of Law’s Veterans Clinic, she is committed to assisting these individuals with benefit and discharge issues.

Brittany said she is also interested in becoming a legal historian and would like to teach constitutional law at a university.

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