In Akron, Ohio, a father and his daughter recently graduated from the University of Akron School of Law. This odd duo had different reasons for taking the law school course but ultimately found that they had this unstoppable synergy and interest for the same science.
It all began in 2014 when Tim Smith was studying for his law school entry exam, the LSAT. Tim was a former patent agent who was already familiar with the work of patent lawyers and well-versed in the trade. Upgrading his salary to step outside of his box was a logical ambition for which he felt well prepared.
At this time, his daughter, Sarah, entered the room with curiosity. Tim let her have a gander at the logic problem that he was stumped on. It immediately piqued her interest and sent her down the rabbit hole into a world of principles and constructions of law. She, thereby, knew that she had the skills to solve problems with practical wisdom in our modern world. Sarah was amazed that she was so proficient at solving logic problems and decided that law school might be right for her.
Fast forward to February of this year. The duo had graduated from University of Akron School of Law and decided to take the BAR exam at the same time. What better way could there be to study for the exam? Sarah could pop up random questions that might be on the exam and grill her father over breakfast or during a Superbowl commercial. And, vice-versa, Tim could bring up some deep legal theory regarding the Third Restatement in Civil Tort Law and prod Sarah with a myriad of inquiries.
The odd couple are now crossing the fingers to make BAR exam notoriety by being the first and only father-daughter team to navigate and complete the law school curriculum with the honor of passing the BAR exam together.
Is this the Future?
While it may not bring a tear to your eye because it is all a legal abstraction, after all, it sure gets you thinking about college. Is this how college will be in the future; no more parties, drinking, or hanging out downtown? Will it all be families sitting around tables trying to one-up each other with scholastic expertise?
While this may sound very exciting to law professors like evidence professor John Sahl of the University of Akron School of Law, it sure has its stigmas in the family. In fact, the Smith family had to create a BAR jar to fine either of them $1 for bringing up esoteric legal matters in family settings. We’ll see how this relationship plays out in the future, perhaps with the first father-daughter law firm.