Gabrielle Turnquest, an American teenager, has become the youngest person to become a qualified barrister in England and Wales in more than 600 years.
Gabrielle passed her Graduate Diploma in Law at the just 17, when the average lawyer passes the Bar Professional Training Course at the age of 27. She is now 18 and still not old enough to buy a drink in her home town of Windermere, Florida, but she is the youngest person ever to pass The Bar exams. She also made history when she graduated as the youngest undergrad with a degree in Psychology at just 16 from Liberty University in Virginia.
Initially, trainee lawyers did have to be at least 21 in order to be called to The Bar, but the law was changed in 2009.
Her future goals are to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, with the desire to break into the niche market of fashion law. Gabrielle also hopes to sit on the multi-state Bar in the U.S.
BMWK, Did you know what you wanted to be at such a young age?