Gabrielle Turnquest, 18, has been named the youngest person ever to pass the Bar of England and Wales.
Turnquest seems to excel in all that’s academic. News One reported that Turnquest was the youngest person to graduate from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virgina at the age of 16.
“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,” said Turnquest, who is from the town of Windermere, Fla. “I didn’t fully realize the impact of it.”
According to the Business Insider, the average lawyer undertakes the Bar Professional Training Course when they are 27 years old.
Turnquest took the Bar alongside her sister, Kandi, who also passed her exams, but at the age of 22.
Not a bad turnout for these sisters, considering they both passed at ages younger then the average lawyers.
The Telegraph stated “traditionally, a trainee lawyer had to be 21 to be eligible for the call to The Bar but that was scrapped in 2009 with the introduction of the Bar Training Regulations.”
The report continued on saying:
“The growing globalisation of law firms and the need for more international expertise means that it is becoming increasingly more important for young legal professionals to have experience across different legal markets if they are going to maximise the number of job opportunities that are available to them.”
Turnquest has an opportunity to qualify for the Bahamas Bar, a goal of hers since that is her parents’ native county. For now, she plans on returning to the US to qualify for the Bar here as well.
She says that she eventually wants to become a fashion law specialist, and at her current rate of achievements, there really isn’t any reason why she won’t find success.
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