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Young African Lady scores outstanding grades in New York bar exams, becomes the first graduate in her family of 17 generations

A young African Lady named Alice Adu Gyamfi has passed her New York bar exams with outstanding grades making her the the first graduate in her family of 17 generations.

Alice, a Ghanaian who migrated to the United States with her family when she was young expressed her happiness on passing the New York bar examination earning her the certificate to practice as a Lawyer in the United States.

She shared her achivement on Linkedin dedicating her sucess to her grandmother. Alice recalled that her grandmother sent her off to law school with 100 dollars and an anointing.

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”When I told my grandma I was going to law school she started calling me her “granddoctah”! I told her she couldn’t call me Doctor just yet. She sent me off to law school with $100 and an anointing. This degree belongs to her,” she said.


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Alice obtained her bachelors degree in Human Rights and Migrant Studies at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), Netherlands in Europe after which she proceeded to Penn State Law where she earned a Doctor of Law degree (JD) in International Arbitrations.

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She stated that tracing her family’s lineage back they are 17 generations and each generation of women fought as everything from mothers to warriors, yet not one of them was taught to read

She mentioned that she is the first woman in her family in 17 generations to get an education, and also the first woman in her family to learn to read and write.



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Alice stated that the degree was her warfare and she fought battle with her tongue, knees bowed and hopes raised toward heaven. She added that she is grateful that the generations after her will all be literate because her achievement will stand as hope for them.

Before entering law school, Alice proved herself when she served as a policy analyst for President Barack Obama’s United States.-Africa Leaders Initiative.

In law school, she won first place during the Willem C. Vis Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition in Vienna, Austria, and the distinguished Martin Domke Award for Best Oralist.

Alice earned her Masters in Law (LL.M) from Columbia Law School, with honors as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Salzburg Cutler Global Fellow.

Advising attorneys that her interested in her field, Alice told them to get creative about where to practice and also think about pursuing an opportunity before joining a Law firm so they can gain an experience.

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