Smith Family Bar Exam

Hello everyone. My name is Cameron Smith. I am a recent law school graduate  and am preparing to take the February 2019 bar exam.

As anyone who has taken it before will tell you, the Bar Exam is a grueling experience, and preparing for it is a full time job. It is also very expensive. Just to sit for the Bar Exam and take a prep course for it, I'm going to have to come up with about $2,200.00. That doesn't include my rent, utilities, or any other basic living expenses. Dept. of Education student loans, unfortunately, don't cover the Bar Exam prep course, so I am pretty much on my own to come up with the money for that.

My beautiful wife Stephanie and I have two children Daegan and Gemma. Over 3 years ago we began this journey of law school and the bar exam together. It has been a challenging but rewarding experience. It began when I decided to do law school early on in my undergraduate education.  After applying all over the country, I was fortunate enough to be accepted to law school down here in Florida. So, with a great deal of faith, my family moved to Gulfport from Salt Lake City Utah and into a house we hadn't even seen before.  This was all with the hope that being a lawyer would bring the security and support I would need to take care of my family. 

I will never forget the anxiety of that first semester. Grades only come out at the end and so for the entirety of those first 5 months every student is wondering if they belong. I will never forget when that first grade was posted, and I scored a 4.0 that I knew that I did belong, that I had made the right decision. I knew that this was indeed the path to caring for my family. 

Now it's simply "sealing the deal" by passing the bar exam. 

Through my education and connections, I have been fortunate enough to do a lot of good. I am an active volunteer at my church and community. I also was able to work at a firm helping veterans get their benefits from the VA. After passing this bar exam, the biggest blessing will be continuing to serve others. 

I am starting this fundraiser not for myself, but for my family. Please help me bring this home for them, and the countless people I will be able to serve by passing the bar. Any amount you can contribute is so much appreciated! Thank you all for your support and for taking the time to read this. May God bless you all.
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Cameron Smith 
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St. Petersburg, FL
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