California Prodigy: 17-Year-Old Clears State Bar Exam, Becomes Youngest Attorney


Peter Park became a law clerk for the District Attorney’s office in August, turned 18 in late November and was sworn in as an attorney on Tuesday

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In a remarkable achievement, 17-year-old Peter Park has made headlines by clearing the rigorous State Bar of California exam and being sworn in as an attorney. The news was confirmed by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, where Park currently serves as a law clerk.

According to the District Attorney’s office, Peter Park is believed to be the youngest person ever to pass the challenging California Bar exam. While the State Bar could not officially confirm this status, they praised Park’s exceptional accomplishment in an email to The Associated Press.

Leah Wilson, the Executive Director of the State Bar, acknowledged the significance of Park’s achievement, stating, “Passing the California Bar exam is a major accomplishment at any age, and for someone as young as Mr. Park, it is quite an extraordinary feat and one worth celebrating.”

Peter Park embarked on his journey to become an attorney at an early age. He entered high school at Oxford Academy in Cypress, California, in 2019 when he was just 13 years old. Simultaneously, he enrolled in a four-year juris doctor program at the Northwestern California University School of Law after successfully completing college-level proficiency exams.

Having graduated from high school in 2021 by passing the state’s high school proficiency exam, Park focused his attention on law school, completing his studies this year. In August, he joined the Tulare County District Attorney’s office as a law clerk, showcasing his dedication to the legal field.

Park faced the challenging California Bar exam in July, and the results were revealed on November 9, as announced by the District Attorney’s office this week. Despite the difficulty of the exam, Park expressed his satisfaction, saying, “It was not easy, but it was worth it.”

Turning 18 in late November, Peter Park was sworn in as an attorney on Tuesday, marking a historic moment in California’s legal history. His journey from a high school prodigy to the youngest attorney in the state is not only a testament to his exceptional abilities but also an inspiration for aspiring legal minds across the nation.

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