VISALIA – A law clerk with the Tulare County District Attorney’s office has made history as the youngest person to ever pass the California bar exam after receiving his results just a few days before his 18th birthday. The now practicing attorney attempted to take the test for the first time in July, receiving his record breaking results in November when he was still 17.
“It was not easy, but it was worth it,” newly appointed law clerk Peter Park stated in a press release. “It required discipline and strategy to pass the Bar, and I made it in the end. I am extremely blessed to have discovered this path, and my hope is that more people will realize that alternative paths exist to becoming an attorney.”
Park has been breaking molds since 2019, when he began high school at Oxford Academy at the age of 13 while simultaneously enrolling in a four-year Juris Doctor program at Northwestern California University School of Law; which he was able to do by utilizing a state bar rule that allows students to apply to law school through the completion of College Level Proficiency Exams (CLEPS).
After taking the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) in 2021, Park graduated highschool before he had turned 16 and quickly shifted his focus to law school, which he graduated from two years later. Park became a law clerk with the Tulare County District Attorney in August 2023 as he awaited the results of his bar exam.
Now, at the age of 18, Park has officially been sworn in, making him one of California’s youngest practicing attorneys as of Dec. 5.
“I aspire to become a prosecutor because I am driven by a moral obligation to uphold liberty, equality, and justice in society,” Park stated. “I admire how prosecutors keep our community safe and bring closure to victims.”