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Whatever happened to these younger-than-the-norm law grads?

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Recent reports on a youth who is entering law school at the age of 18 spurred to track down some other law school grads who began their studies at an early age.

Their careers were varied, and not all remained in the field. According to the article (sub. req.), they included:

Stephen Baccus, who graduated from the University of Miami School of Law at 16. He is now 48 and an associate professor of neurobiology at Stanford University.

Roy Cohn, who graduated from Columbia Law School at 20. He investigated people for alleged Communist ties in the 1950s and prosecuted Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. He was disbarred in 1986 for misappropriating client funds and died that year at 59.

Kissandra Cohen Tysman, who graduated from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles at 20. She initially worked for the law firm made famous in the movie Erin Brockovich, and unsuccessfully sued the firm for sexual harassment. She also sued a private investigator for allegedly wiretapping her phone during the case, but the suit was tossed because it was filed too late. She formed her own firm and was disbarred in 2016, partly for trust account violations.

Kelly Yang, who graduated from Harvard Law School at 20. She is currently an education columnist for the South China Morning Post and the author of three children’s books.

See also:

ABA Journal: “10 Questions: This young lawyer could put people behind bars before she could legally have a drink”

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