Black Man Denied by Almost Every Law School Becomes First Lawyer in His Family

Black Man Denied by Almost Every Law School Becomes First Lawyer in His Family

  • A Black man, Ray Curtis Petty Jr, ESQ, has become the first lawyer in his family after overcoming tribulations
  • Recounting his story, he recalled being told by his teachers that he should be in special education classes
  • After earning his undergraduate degree, he was rejected by almost all the law schools he applied to
  • Despite the obstacles, he has achieved his goal as he becomes a first-generation attorney in his family

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Ray Curtis Petty Jr, ESQ is the definition of a fighter who has overcome cycles of obstacles life threw at him to achieve his goal as a legal brain, becoming the first lawyer in his family.

Undaunted by the mountain of difficulties and childhood inadequacies, he triumphed and made history as his family's first-generation attorney.

Recounting his story on his Instagram account, he recalls being told by his teachers that he should be in special education classes. His coaches also doubted his ability to remember a playbook as a child, he said.

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Black Man poses with a photo of a family member as he becomes a lawyer
Black Man Denied by Every Law School He Applied To Becomes First Lawyer in His Family Photo credit: Ray Curtis Petty Jr., ESQ
Source: Instagram

Bagging his first degree

Petty Jr went on to prove them wrong, earning his first degree at Albany State University. However, he would face another impediment in his quest to glean a law degree.

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''[I] was denied by every law school that I applied to, but one.''

When he finally made it to Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Petty Jr positively impacted the school and the students, serving as President of the Student Bar Association and doubling up as a paralegal in the United States Air Force Reserves.

Losing his sister

During this period, misfortune struck when he lost his sister in his arms before his last semester of law school. He battled and overcame depression while taking five classes, he said.

Despite the challenges life threw at him, he graduated as the valedictory speaker of his law school class. Petty Jr grew in resilience through every wound.

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Passing the Bar

Becoming a lawyer was also another hurdle as he failed on his first attempt. ''Took the Bar exam and failed the first time. Passed the Bar exam on my second attempt.''

''Now, I am the first attorney in my family,'' he said.

His account has inspired many internet users. indicated:

''We don’t know each other but your story is inspiring! God bless you!!''

Boldenjr_ said:

''Congrats bro, you deserve everything that comes your way. I will forever appreciate you helping me. ''

Frilancy commented:

''I don’t know you but I am proud of you brother

Lady Celebrates Becoming a Lawyer previously reported that Briya Brown has become a first-generation attorney in her family after passing the bar, and she achieved this through hard work.

As a Black woman and the first person in her family to attain this feat, Brown said she achieved it with ''no guidance or handouts''.

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Recounting her success story, she said: ''I passed the Bar exam. God said it, I believed it and declared it, and it is done!

''It was quite a challenge to work, study, and take this rigorous exam virtually during a global pandemic, and my computer crashed twice! I passed the Bar exam yall! And on the first attempt! He is a mighty God,'' she said.

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