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Lawyer who started law school at 16 is still practicing at 96

Posted Nov 18, 2013 9:30 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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When Jerome Offutt graduated from law school in 1937 at the age of 19 he was too young to practice law in his home state of Maryland.

Once a child prodigy, Offutt is still achieving much at an unusual age—he’s 96 and still practicing law, according to broadcast station Your4State.com.

Tuition was only $200 a year when Offutt began law school at the age of 16. He worked at a Safeway to help pay his way.

Offutt says he worked as an “office boy” in a law office after graduating and began his own law practice at the age of 21. He was elected to Maryland’s House of Delegates at the age of 25 and served for three years. He currently practices law in Frederick County, Md.

Today, Offutt begins his day by lifting weights for 30 minutes and then walking for one or two miles.

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