From a GED to a Juris Doctor Degree

This campaign is to help assist me with covering my tuition for the bar prep materials, which will strengthen my chances of passing the first time around...with God and a little hard work of course.


By choosing this tuition, you are committing to pay in full for BARBRI per the agreement terms on the reverse side.

• $295 non-refundable registration fee required.

Although I dropped out of high school and waited approximately four years to obtain my GED, I always knew I wanted to be an attorney. However, it took me losing my job after 16 plus years in law enforcement in Miami, Florida and losing everything for me to finally pursue those dreams. I went to college a few years later at Claflin University and graduated in my mid forties. I immediately went to law school, had some obstacles and setbacks that cause me to sit out a couple of years after completing my first year.

Nonetheless, I did not give up on my dream...While at a doctors appointment I met an angel disguised as a doctor who for some reason asked me about my entire life while waiting on tests to come back. I told him everything all the way up to leaving law school after the first year. He then said, "well you can go back right?" I told him yes, sir, I just sat out for two years and recently applied to go back, but I can't submit my applications until I pay my fees for each application. He asked how much and when I told him...that stranger, that doctor...that angel reached in his pocket and pulled out a wad of money like I never seen before and gave me more than I needed and said...."you will get back into law school and graduate!"

With tearful eyes I thanked him and paid those fees the following day. Faith is hard to keep sometimes even when you know what God has already brought you through...and I still wondered will I get accepted and will I have to start all over again. Long story short, just before going to have major surgery on my foot and ankle, I received a call from another angel at Charleston School of Law from the admissions committee...she said we have just a couple of questions before we make our decision, I only remember one of them. "If you had to start all over again, would you?" I explained to her that being a lawyer is not a job or a career, it's my's a path that God has chosen for me to serve him and his people. The day before surgery, that angel called back and asked did I receive an email from the school... I told her that I had not...she then said "well, let me be the first to congratulate you on being accepted as a transfer student...which means I didn't lose my credits from the first year I completed...Glory Hallelujah! I cried and cried tears of joy! Trust God...your life is already planned! I present myself to you just five months from now I will be obtaining my Juris Doctor degree and hopefully sitting for the bar in July here in South Carolina. I also plan to study for and take Florida's bar the following February.

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Jerrell Cleveland 
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