Black Woman Obtains Law Degree 20 Years After Being Rejected from Countless Schools

Black Woman Obtains Law Degree 20 Years After Being Rejected from Countless Schools: ‘Sorry Not Sorry for All the Law Graduation Photos’

A year ago Amber Goodwin hoped her ancestors were proud that she pursued her law degree. Now days away from walking the stage at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.

“Sorry not sorry in advance for all the law graduation photos y’all are about to get,” wrote in a Twitter post.

Two decades ago Goodwin was pursuing her dream of attending law school, but she was rejected from over ten schools. Goodwin passion is to fight for justice would not let her dream go away. Then at 39 she started applying again.

“My mentality was: I’m going to keep applying places and they have to tell me no,” Goodwin told “Good Morning America.” Her unwavering belief in herself helped guide her to Mitchell Hamline. Now, at the age of 41, Goodwin is marking the milestone by inspiring others to have that same relentless pursuit of their dreams, even when they think they have aged out of possibilities.

“I’m 41, never been married, have no kids, and most days society refuses to celebrate people like me. It’s been a very rough year but this is a bright spot for many of us. It was all worth it,” wrote Goodwin on social media.

Prior to attending law school, the Houston native found her way to Capitol Hill where she worked her way up from intern to staff assistant to Sen. Rob Menendez (D-NJ) to joining the grassroots presidential campaign of then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. She also founded the Community Justice Action Fund, an organization working to combat gun violence in Black and brown communities.

“Goodwin will continue to fight for social justice causes and intends to support marginalized communities by fundamentally challenging existing institutional structures and holding people accountable through impact litigation, class actions, and legislative work,” wrote the Minnesota State Bar Association in a 2020.

Goodwin’s graduation is set for June 6.

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