At only 16 years old, Haley Taylor Schlitz began attending Dedman Law School at Southern Methodist University. She is now set to graduate, making her the youngest African American to graduate from law school, according to the law school.
She will graduate on May 13.
The 19-year-old Texas native, who graduated from high school at 13 and received her undergraduate degree from Texas Woman’s University at 16, said in a statement: ‘Many girls and female students of color are excluded from gifted and talented programs in our country. . Society will lose the would-be scientist who cures a major disease, the entrepreneur who launches the next Amazon, and so much more. All because of their gender and/or skin color.
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In 2019, Schlitz said hello america she initially struggled academically. Her parents noticed a drop in her grades when she was in fifth grade, and they homeschooled her and saw an immediate change, which helped her gain the confidence she needed to excel.
Also in 2019, Taylor and her mother, Dr. Myiesha Taylor, posted The alternative to homeschoolinga homeschooling guide for black parents.
In June 2020, at just 17, Haley was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She was one of the youngest delegates to the DNC that year.