Cortlan Wickliff attended his first college course at 8 years old, when his mom, working on her master’s degree in executive business, would take him along to her classes because she didn’t have a baby sitter. Not long after that, he set his sights on getting a law degree.
Now 22, Wickliff, who attended Pflugerville High School, graduated from Harvard Law School on Thursday as one of the youngest African-Americans to earn a law degree from the school. Harvard officials said they do not have complete records, but Wickliff is probably the youngest since 1947, when John Robinson Wilkins graduated at 21. The average age of a Harvard Law grad is 27.
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