Fifteen-year-old Danya Hamad aims to be Doogie Howser JD.
The Canal Winchester teenager will graduate with her associate degree from Columbus State Community College on Friday. On May 23, she will graduate from Reynoldsburg High School. Technically, she will be a college graduate before she officially leaves high school.
“It’s very surreal that it’s that close,” she said.
In the fall, Hamad will start college at Capital University at age 16, with enough college credits to be considered a junior. Because of an accelerated law program, she will start law school there a year later. In three years, she could be done.
Other child-prodigy lawyers include Stephen A. Baccus, who graduated from the University of Miami law school in 1986 at age 16; Kiwi Camara of Hawaii, who graduated from Harvard Law School at age 19 in 2004; and Gabrielle Turnquest of Florida, who passed the British bar exam at age 18 in 2013.
Making this happen took meticulous planning and tenacity. Through open enrollment, Hamad’s parents helped her get into Reynoldsburg’s BELL Early College Academy (for Business, Education, Law and Leadership), which is next door to a Columbus State satellite campus and offers dual credits for high school and college and also internship opportunities.
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