21-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Attorney after Making Headlines As Teen Law School Grad


Haley Taylor Schlitz, known for her remarkable achievements since her teenage years, has reached another significant milestone at just 21 years old.

After making headlines in 2019 for securing acceptances to nine law schools at the age of 16, Taylor Schlitz has now been sworn in as an attorney by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

“I did this because I believe it is essential that Gen Z, especially Black Gen Z, give back to our communities and serve as teachers in our schools if possible,” Taylor Schlitz told “Good Morning America” via email.

She added:

“I hope that by doing this, my students were excited that I was taking my Bar oath yesterday, that I can help inspire my students to pursue their wildest dreams.”

Taylor Schlitz, who graduated from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in May 2022, became the youngest Black student to do so at the Dallas law school.

She has since taken on the role of teaching U.S. History to fifth graders at IDEA Edgecliff in Fort Worth, Texas, alongside her legal pursuits.

“My village is a huge part of my motivation to keep going,” Taylor Schlitz said then. “My mom has been probably my absolute biggest motivator, my biggest supporter, the person that I look up to the most.”

Reflecting on her journey, Taylor Schlitz emphasized the importance of giving back and empowering young people to make a positive impact through civic engagement.

She founded the Trailblazers Forum: Youth Civic Engagement program, aimed at fostering civic education and action among students aged 12 to 16 in the Dallas and Fort Worth area.

“You don’t find your path. You make it,” she said then. “Take life by the reins, by the horns, and just really make what you want your reality.”

As Taylor Schlitz continues to make strides in her career, she remains committed to inspiring others and breaking barriers in the legal profession.

Her journey serves as a testament to the power of determination and the pursuit of excellence at any age.