Gabrielle Turnquest: The Youngest In 6 Centuries To Pass UK’s Bar Exam


She is the youngest person to be called to the bar in 600 years and at just 18 Guardian News

Born into a family of lawyers, Gabrielle Turnquest became the first teenager to be called to bar in Britain. At 14, she had begun to assimilate advanced academic works with a somewhat strange ease. Gabrielle’s early academic success is attributed to her lawyer-mum from Nassau in the Bahamas.

Her search for the best academic institutions in the world for her children landed her the bright idea of a personal “educational plan”. She created a quasi-school programe – Excelsior Academy, as she called it; rented a space and employed teachers to teach her children who attended the ‘school’ in uniforms she had designed.

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“I was 16 when I started my postgraduate at the University of Law in London and left the autumn semester before my 17th birthday in December. I then did the bar course the following year, so was 18 when I finally qualified as a barrister… I am honored to be the youngest person to pass the Bar exams but, really, I was not aware at the time what the average age was… I didn’t fully realize the impact of it.” – Gabrielle Turnquest

The extra-ordinary achievement of this young lady was never a pre-set plan to obtain a world acclaimed title. She simply gave her academics her best and there… her success came with a double crown. Against the average age of 27, Gabrielle made it a lawyer before she is even in her 20’s.

Becoming a lawyer at such a tender age however, suggested that she might not be taken seriously as an attorney by the public. But the 18-year old American teenage barrister, did not see it that way. Actually, she says she has never seen her age as an impediment in obtaining her life goals. So far “there has been very little negative feedback and no one has suggested my young age could be my downfall”.

Already called to bar at the Bahamas, Gabrielle also “hopes to sit the multi-state Bar in the US”. Explaining the idea behind this strategy, Nigel Savage, President and Provost at The University of Law said that the wisdom behind being recognized across the world as a barrister lies in the maximization of job opportunities. Obviously, the young bright barrister has started off pretty well.

Gabrielle has returned to the United States to pursue a career as a fashion law specialist, thus she studies further at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.

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