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My path to becoming a lawyer is unconventional. I didn’t grow up wanting to be a lawyer. I did not take any college classes related to law. I didn’t know what I wanted to do.

In college I was a bartender. I had this job throughout law school and was bartending the day I passed the bar. I enjoyed this time of my life. I was going to college, making some money, and having a blast with my friends. I was in no rush to graduate college, but all good things must end. As graduation approached I was trying to figure out what to do. I enjoyed my day-to-day life and didn’t want it to change. I figured I would get a graduate degree. While researching grad school, and the GRE, I realized that I would have a hard time because math is not my friend. A little more research lead me to find out the LSAT does not involve math: At this point I decided to go to law school. I enrolled in law school & it was an adjustment. My classmates were taking this very seriously. They formed study groups, spent hours in the library working on outlines. I did not do this. This is probably why I was called “Van Wilder” in law school. I knew it was serious, but you did not have to put your life on hold during law school. I knew that my grade was based 100% on my final exam score. So, I did not brief my cases. I got canned briefs & outlines from upperclassmen or The first 3 months ofthe term I would have fun & hang out watching most of my classmates hate their life. But, the last month before finals – I was a study machine. I lived with my outlines, I pulled all-nighters, and learned a semester worth of law. This worked for me. I made the deans list most of my semesters at law school. I cannot tell you how many times classmates walked up to me and surprisingly say “did I see your name on the deans list?!” I realized law school is like a game – you just have to figure out how to play it. Since graduating I still use the same philosophies “put the time and effort in when it counts” & “don’t take life too seriously, you’ll never get out of it alive.” Robert Fitzpatrick, Esq. Redding Fitzpatrick, LLP Southlake, Texas Texas Wesleyan University

Oklahoma City University School of Law

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