A California teenager is now a lawyer after passing the state bar exam at age 17.
Peter Park, legal secretary for the Tulare County District Attorney, passed the exam on his first try, according to an announcement released Dec. 6 by the Tulare County District Attorney's office.
“The previous record holder was 18 years old. Park received her test results on November 9, after taking the exam in July,” the statement said.
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This isn't the first time Park has showcased her impressive academic prowess.
In 2019, at age 13, Park started high school at Oxford Academy in Cypress, California, the prosecutor's office said in its statement.
During this period, Park enrolled at Northwestern California University School of Law and participated in the school's four-year juris doctor program.
Park was able to do this using “a state rule that allows students to enroll in law school by completing the College-Level Proficiency Examinations (CLEPS),” the Tulare County district attorney's office said.
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Park graduated from high school in 2021 after completing the California High School Proficiency Exam.
Park focused on her law school aspirations and graduated from Northwestern California University School of Law in 2023.
He joined the Tulare County District Attorney's team as a legal secretary in August.
“It wasn't easy, but it was worth it. It required discipline and strategy to pass the bar, and in the end I did it,” Park told the prosecutor’s office.
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“I am extremely blessed to have discovered this path and my hope is that more people realize that there are alternative paths to becoming a lawyer,” Park said.
Park turned 18 last month and was officially sworn in on Dec. 5 in Visalia.
Park is now one of the youngest attorneys in the state of California, according to the district attorney's office.
“I aspire to become a prosecutor because I am driven by a moral obligation to defend freedom, equality and justice in society,” Park said.
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“I admire how prosecutors keep our community safe and provide closure for victims,” he added.
In an email recently sent to the Associated Press (AP), the State Bar said it could not confirm whether Park is the youngest person to pass the State Bar — “but welcomed her achievement,” the state bar reported. AP.
“Passing the California Bar exam is a great achievement at any age, and for someone as young as Mr. Park, it is an extraordinary feat worth celebrating,” Executive Director Leah Wilson said in the email. email to AP.
The California Bar exam is “considered the toughest in the country,” according to the University of San Diego School of Law.
“It covers 14 subjects over three days and includes essay questions, multiple choice questions and performance testing tasks,” the college states on its website.
Fox News has reached out to the Tulare County District Attorney's office for comment.
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