Copyright ©2013 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

JACKI LYDEN, HOST:

It's WEEKENDS on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.

Hey, got problems? Call a lawyer. Got kid problems? Call a kid lawyer.

(SOUNDBITE OF TV SERIES, "SO RANDOM!")

ZORA LANCASTER: (as Sally Jenson) Yearbook fraud, classmates writing blatant lies on the last three pages of your yearbook. And those lying liars have always got away with it. But not anymore. I'm Sally Jenson, kid lawyer, and I fight for you.

LYDEN: This week, we met a young woman who looks like a kid lawyer, Gabrielle Turnquest. She hasn't even gotten her braces off yet. She's 18 years old and has just become the youngest person ever to be admitted to the bar in the United Kingdom.

Turnquest was born in the Bahamas but grew up in Florida, and joins us now from Orlando. Welcome and a big congratulations, Gabrielle.

GABRIELLE TURNQUEST: Thank you. Thanks for having me.

LYDEN: This is just an extraordinary tale. You've got a lot of education for an 18-year-old. I guess you graduated from college early as well. Where?

TURNQUEST: So I started out at Valencia College and then transferred to Liberty University where I got my Bachelor of Science in psychology.

LYDEN: And so you graduated when you were 16 years old?

TURNQUEST: I was 16 at the time, yes.

LYDEN: Why did you decide to study law in the U.K.?

TURNQUEST: At the time that I made the decision, I had an older sister who was going there. And I think perhaps just having been born in the Bahamas, I had, I guess, a better idea of law outside of the United States.

LYDEN: So tell me about your future goals and what you'd like to do with this law degree. What kind of law are you interested in practicing?

TURNQUEST: I'm interested in looking into what's called fashion law, so its focus is on contracts and intellectual property, but it's all going to be dealing with the fashion industry.

LYDEN: And what do you like about the fashion industry or fashion, and how do these things come together in your mind?

TURNQUEST: Well, initially, I was always interested, I think, in fashion first even before psychology or law. I just wasn't sure which route I was going to take. And I think I'd always thought that perhaps I'd be involved in more of the design element of it, which I still think is a possibility. But having done the law degree, I've now opened myself up to this whole new opportunity to enter it from a different field.

I don't know. I'm interested in learning more about what it takes to run a fashion business and then merging that with the law I already know and hopefully getting some more knowledge on U.S. law.

LYDEN: Gabrielle Turnquest is the youngest person ever to be admitted to the bar in the United Kingdom. She's just 18. We wish you really good luck.

TURNQUEST: Thank you so much.

Copyright © 2013 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.