$$ for drake's bar exam & bar study fees

***UPDATE: i am withdrawing funds and closing this page.  funds will be used directly to pay for the bar application and "fitness" application fees, and will also contribute to costs related to studying for the exam.  thank you so much for your support!!!***

hi everyone, and thanks for visiting my donations page!

i am a biracial trans law student at Northeastern University School of Law, and i will be taking the Georgia bar exam on February 24-25, 2015 - if i pass and get sworn in, that's the last step to becoming a lawyer!  i hope to find work in the same areas i have been training in: prisoners' rights or legal services.  i also intend to continue organizing for trans & queer liberation (including/especially trans health), prison abolition, and solidarity with the people of Palestine.

i created this page to raise funds to pay for the many expenses associated with studying for and taking the bar exam**:
- $500 fee to file the "fitness application"
- $436 fee to file the bar exam application
- $2,080 to take a BARBRI test prep course*
- $242 (GoFundMe's 8% cut from the subtotal :( )

without assistance, it's pretty unlikely that i can afford to study for and take the exam.  unfortunately, it is not an option for me to stay with or otherwise be supported by my family of origin.  i have no savings, poor credit, and the student loans i took out for tuition and living expenses do not cover these costs.

i would deeply appreciate any amount you can contribute!  please also share this page widely.  thank you so much!! <3

*note added 3/31/14: while there is a far less expensive test prep course out there in some states --Themis-- it is my understanding that this company does not provide a test prep course for the Georgia bar exam.  see http://www.themisbar.com/pass-the-bar-exam. BARBRI has offered me a reduced fee given my circumstances ($2,080 down from $3,025), and i have also been discussing a discount with a Kaplan rep.  i will go with whichever company i can afford, if any.

**the target amount reflects application and test prep expenses.  if donations exceed this amount, they will go to return travel and living expenses during the study period- December 2014 through February 2015.
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Drake Jones 
Jamaica Plain, MA