A Bronzeville woman whose only dream was to pass law school, has posted a video on Facebook, of her discovering that she passed the Illinois Bar Exam.
The video which has since gone viral shows the woman, Arielle Williams saying, “I’ve only wanted to be an attorney,” and adds, “It’s the only thing I ever wanted to do.”
She is the first person on her mother’s side to graduate from college, and grew up in Englewood, she has received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois, all possible through student loans and working two jobs.
Post her graduation, she moved to Atlanta, and applied to eight laws schools, she did not make it, but retook the LSATs, re-applied to programs, and was accepted to every law school that received her application.
Williams has earned her law degree from DePaul University. “I’m here right now because of my passion,” Williams said. “Because of my drive.”
Now Williams commutes to Stone & Associates in Waukegan everyday where she works as an associate, it takes her 90 minutes each way, but she is not complaining. “I knew that I wanted to be a criminal defence attorney,” she explained, and she is thrilled to work with Jed Stone.
Williams says that her loved ones have encouraged her, “My family has been celebrating since I graduated from law school.”
Come November, there will be a big party when Williams will participate in the Bar Admission Ceremony.
Dreams do come true, if you are willing to work hard, and Williams has proved this is true.