18-Year-Old American Girl Makes History as Britain’s Youngest Lawyer
5:24 pm, July 31st | by Grace Rasmus
If you thought the 9-year-old chess expert would be the only girl to make you feel old and unaccomplished this week then you’ve got another thing coming! Gabrielle Turnquest, an 18-year-old from Florida, has just become the youngest person to ever be called to the bar in England and Wales. (And, just to be clear here, we’re talking about the lawyer-bar, not the pub-bar. Obviously.)
Turnquest attended Virginia’s Liberty University at 16, received her graduate diploma in law at 17, and just passed the Bar Professional Training Course at the University of Law in England, reports the Lawyer. The average course graduate is 27 years old.
“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,” she told the Telegraph. “I didn’t fully realize the impact of it.”
Turnquest, who completed the course alongside her 22-year-old sister Kandi, doesn’t actually want to practice law in the U.K; she plans to return to the States to take the multi-state bar exam. After that, she hopes to study at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising as she plans to eventually specialize in fashion law.
At times like these, there is only one phrase in the English language that can accurately showcase unabashed pride for an awesome stranger-lady: YOU GO, GIRL!