Monday, August 13, 2018

Derick Starts Law School

Derick Dillard University of Arkansas Law School Duggar

Earlier today, we announced Derick Dillard's graduation from the Cross Church School of Ministry, and we promised that we would soon share further details about the Dillards' next step. We can finally reveal that next step. Are you ready? Derick is going to law school!

Derick has been accepted into the University of Arkansas School of Law. Orientation begins today, and classes kick off next Monday.

If you enjoy this blog, be sure to visit Ellie's other blogs (NashvilleWife.com and BatesFamilyBlog.com). 

Photo courtesy dillardfamily.com

207 comments:

  1. That's nice. Did he get a scholarship to pay for it?

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    1. @ unknown. Some of us are curious as to how a man with a family supports them while he's attending school full time and his wife doesn't seem to have a job either. Law school is expensive and it would be nice if there was some explanation as to how he's paying for it.

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    2. I think it matters to some fans because the Duggars have been very vocal about their debt-free lifestyle. Before Derick and Jill married, there was an episode of their show where he all but promised Jim Bob he would never go into debt. So, quite understandably, I think some may be curious how the Dillards are going to afford Derick's 3 years of law school with no known household income and coming off his yearlong ministry program which also cost tuition.

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    3. Unknown 11:29. It's a matter of perception. ALL the other adult clan members engage in various activities for which they're paid. Derrick and Jill have no visible source of income, yet he can attend law school and presumably have the money to support the family. It comes off as very odd.

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    4. It kind of does based on what Derick and the Duggars have said in the past. Derick himself promised Jim Bob he would never go into debt and Jim Bob has always stressed a debt free lifestyle. Derick paid Cross Church to be part of the residency program and ask for public financial support to pay for it. The Dillards also asked the public to support their ministry, the last time asking for thousands of dollars for a few months stay before returning for Sam's birth.
      Does Derick have a financial plan to support his family or did he go back on his word to Jim Bob to live debt free?

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    5. So we are paying for it?

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    6. Why do so many people care about their financial business? So many nosey people out there. I have enough concerns of my own without worrying about strangers.

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  2. Derick will be the most educated in the family with a law degree. While Jeremy has his undergrad as well, Derick will be the only one to go for a Master's Degree. What area of law will he go into? Civil Liberties, Divorce & Family Law, Criminal Law? None of the above! My guess is he'll want to be a Corporate Lawyer.

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    1. Isnt law school a J.D.? Juris doctor?

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    2. Yes, its not a Master's degree.

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    3. A JD is actually more prestigious than just a Master’s. It’s MUCH harder to earn too!

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    4. 12:15 Derick will not be the only one with a graduate degree. Jeremy is working on a Master's in Divinity on line. It would not surprise me in Ben Seewald does something similar at some point.

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    5. Anon 11:04. People who attend law school usually end up with the equivalent of a master's degree in legal studies. Additional class work and a dissertation is needed to get a JD degree

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    6. Yes. He will earn a Juris Doctorate. A Doctorate is more advanced than a Master’s degree.

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    7. 12:15 Jeremy is working on Master's degree as shown in the picture of him in his office with Felicity. He seems so excited with all the books, he could possibly go on after that for a doctorate in Divinity if he wanted to, at which point there could be two with doctoral level education. I would not be surprised if Ben Seewald did some graduate work in ministry at some point as well. He is still young enough and he and Jeremy seem to get along. At least from what I remember, Ben and Jeremy and Jessa helped get Jinger and Jeremy together.

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    8. It's too bad he isn't using the degree he already has. Hopefully, he will find his life's path rather than continually jumping from one field to the next. Why spend this past year in a minister training program and then abandon that career?

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    9. Didn’t Jeremy get a masters at Syracuse?

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    10. @11:38..you cannot compare a PhD with a law degree. A law degree, And not all Master's Degrees are easy to earn, especially in my country. They are considered equal to a law degree and can take several years to earn, requiring doing independent research plus defending and publishing a thesis. A graduate of law school is not entitled to use the title doctor professional.

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    11. A thesis or dissertation is NOT required for a JD. Only a thesis for a master's and dissertation for a PhD. Unless Derrick goes for the law PhD program would he be required to be published and required to do a dissertation please do your research on the JD program.

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  3. Perhaps he will be the next David Bercot or Jay I believe his last name is Sekulow or something like that. That would be awesome!

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  4. I’m really happy that Derick is pursuing law. I’m just wondering how the family’s gonna have an income now that he’s in school. They not longer have the show and to my knowledge Jill’s midwife career only consists of her assisting a few births every now and then, which isn’t enough to support a family of 4. I hope they have a plan

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    1. Not everyone lives a life of debt. Derick was an accountant. If he saved and they have their house paid for, then their day-to-day expenses will be low and he could work part-time during the school year and full-time in the summers. Jill could do some midwife or doula work. Applying to and being accepted to law school takes a year so they would have had lots of time to think it through.

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    2. Good question. I have not thought about their financial situation while he is in school. It is impossible to support a family with no income. Maybe Jim Bob is going to loan him the money.

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    3. I think that's the question we've all been wondering for several years now.

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    4. I was wondering the same thing

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    5. I want to know that too. I have got to imagine that it is not easy to hold down a full time job while attending law school and the intense homework that comes with that.

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    6. I agree. Law school is a full-time (and then some...) job. Fortunately, the school he chose is not as expensive as the elite schools, so he won’t have to pay as much in tuition! Bar review and sitting for the exam is also very expensive!!

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    7. I understand that. I’m starting my masters in education this fall (1 year program without breaks) and not being able to work for a full year will be tough on my partner and I (no kids). However I know the payoff will be great and being in my province in Canada, I’ll get a well paying job with good benefits

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    8. In all respect we shouldn’t wonder about such things. God has a million ways in which to provide for His children. May Gods peace be with you

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    9. They're adults, I think they think these things through, LOL! People who fuss over this stuff just floor me!

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    10. They don't own a house, 1:04. Maybe by "have their house paid for," you mean have their HOUSING paid for. They've lived in 2 of Jim Bob's properties, mission housing (JB had a hand in getting that house built), and then church housing while in the program he just graduated from. They have yet to have a house they paid for all by themselves. No telling where they'll live while he's in law school. Maybe the university has married student housing - some do.

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    11. Zipporah, I'd like to know why that same God seems to forsake so many of his children when it comes to providing. I know families who have to live paycheck to paycheck, barely eeking by. Ever try living on nothing but Social Security or disability checks? It's living in poverty. How is God providing anything but financial misery in those cases?

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    12. There are a lot of people in the world who go to school while they are married. I am sure they have a plan for supporting their family. Jill knows how to be frugal! When we were in school the first 6 years of our marriage we saw God provide for our needs over and over again. I honestly wish everyone would have the experience of learning to trust in God instead of a bank account.

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    13. @1:04 p.m. We know that the Dillards do not own a home; they have been living in a rental for the past year of his church ministry program. Before that they resided in Jill's father's properties. Derick did work as an accountant, but it was for about a year. You cannot support a family of 4 for multiple years on a single year of an entry-level Arkansas tax accountant salary. Nor would you have been able to save up enough to pay off a house, no matter how modest.

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    14. Wow with all the whining about how the Duggars don't go to college y'all sure are being really mouthy about him actually going. Looks like you would be supportive

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    15. Honestly that's none of our business..congrats to him!

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    16. The Lord will provide and it's nobody's business what their financial plan is. Why does anyone care?

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    17. Patricia- Derick already has 2 degrees so he already has an education. He should focus on his family and 3 kids now. The people that advocate for education for the Duggars usually want it to happen before they get married and have babies, so when that time comes they can focus on supporting their family

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    18. Patricia he isn't a duggar, he is a Dillard. The only ones taking classes to further their careers are the in law men, not the Duggars.

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    19. I'm nosey Rosey, that is why I want to know!

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    20. Is Dereck actually an accountant? To be an accountant, you need more than a degree in accounting. You need to have written and passed the CGA or CPA exams.

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    21. Oh, goodness. We really don't "need" to know a lot of the things some of you are asking about.

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    22. Until someone from the family (or on this blog) explains things, then these questions and many others will continue to hang around. You want us to watch this family and cheer them on? Then take the time to explain what's happening.

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    23. Why do you "hope" they have a plan? It's none of your concern.

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  5. Derrick looks like a lawyer already with his nice suit and briefcase.

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  6. Who wears a suit and carries a brief case on the first day of law school orientation?? That's like wearing a white coat and a stethoscope to the first day of med school.

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    1. 😂😂 I was just thinking that. I know law school students have to dress up for some events like mock trials but definitely not for orientation.

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    2. Maybe it's school picture day.

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    3. That’s what he wanted to wear. Do you wear what you want to ? It’s called personal choice.

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    4. I don’t think his 2000 page textbooks are going to fit in that bag either.

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    5. That actually happens it's called the white coat ceremony.

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    6. You get your white coat in a ceremony before med school starts, med students wear their white coats

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    7. I think he looks wonderful and sophisticated and good for you Derick! Congrats on your career goal may God bless you and your wife and family!

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    8. Probably people who want to make a good first impression and who put their own unique efforts into the things they care about.

      As you try to comprehend the fact that everyone goes through life differently, also take the time to be glad that others don’t take your special life’s moments and make rude, unnecessary comments about them.

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    9. I went to an excellent medical school and we did have a 'white coat ceremony' the week before we started so that all us excited students and all our proud parents could take lots of photos and welcome us to our class. I have lots of friends who went to various law schools. People in professional programs (law and medicine and dentistry) are encouraged to dress well to show respect.

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    10. He looks totally overdressed.

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    11. This is just tot the picture. Students do not dress up like this.

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    12. It might be required? Who knows. My program had a dress code from day one of irientation to graduation.

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    13. Why do you care? Jealous?

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    14. It would look pretty odd if he went in jeans and a t-shirt! My cousin graduated from law school but he always dressed up for school. Ya never know when you might be asked to represent a case!

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    15. Did you read the post? Orientation was today, and classes don't begin until Monday. We don't even know when this photo was taken!

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    16. I must agree about the way derek is dressed mind you. I live in the U.K. & a lot of professional degree programmes require the students to dress very well. My daughter who is doing law was told from day 1 when she attended court sessions she needed to wear dress trousers/skirt & jacket & my son who is in medical school has to wear dress trousers & a shirt & does have to have his stethoscope round his neck on every rotation he does (though tbf he is going into his 5th year), but this has been a requirement for a few years now.

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    17. Why do you feel the need to be rude about his appearance? So much jealousy.

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  7. Wow, that's a big challenge and can be a big reward, best of luck to him and his family because they will be a big part of how well he will do also. Good thing that Jill's got that big ol' family to give her the support she will need! Pretty exciting, Dillard family!

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  8. Congratulations and best of luck Derick! My father's an attorney, and it can be hard work with long hours, but I know he loves it.

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  9. The works needs more Christian lawyers. Or at least ones that are sound in integrity and not morally corrupt. I really hope Derick uses this opportunity to eventually get stronger child abuse laws in Arkansas. Given the evengical ties Derrick has he should know exactly what needs to be done. Abuse can no longer hide behind the facade of religious freedom.

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    1. Or perhaps he will help religious freedom win the day! Wow..look at you, all negative Nancy..smh

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  10. wow.....exciting times. Congratulations Derick!!

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  11. I kind of question Derrick's decision to become a lawyer. What if he works for a law firm and get handed off a lbgt related case or a murder case where he is suppose to represent the murderer? You do not always start at the top with your own law firm. Something he should consider.

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    1. Most law firms don't take all cases, they specialize in some segment of law. if Derick doesn't want to become a criminal defense lawyer or a civil rights lawyer, he doesn't have to.

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    2. Or he could work for people with similar values.

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    3. That would only be an issue if he becomes a criminal lawyer. There are plenty of other areas of law to choose from. You might like to research what just happened in BC Canada involving a Christian law school and students not permitted to practice law. "Trinity Western loses fight for Christian law school as court rules limits on religious freedom 'reasonable".

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    4. He does not need to ever represent a murderer. He can choose many different types of law than just being in a court room. Just like a Christian doctor can choose many different types of medicine so that he or she does not have to do abortions.

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    5. Right. My cousin is into more corporate law

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    6. Most areas of law would not present a conflict with Christian principles.

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    7. @7:29 The Supreme Court was correct in upholding the right of a Bar Associate to set standards. TW is in violation of the CDN Bill of Rights. And lawyers are officers of the court, of government.

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  12. Hi Lily and Ellie,
    Maybe you can clear up a rumor: "The kids are tired of filming and want to stop doing the show. " In some ways, I can certainly understand if they do feel that way. Although, I would miss seeing the family and getting updates on their lives through the show and your blog. I have been watching since their first special and hope the rumor is untrue.

    Congratulations to Derick!

    Thank you for providing your blog. I really enjoy it. :)
    Terrie

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    1. If that rumor is true then we'll find out eventually. I actually do think it might be best for all involved to just continue the "Counting Now" brief episodes that are not months behind current events, and have a couple two hour special episodes a year to update the more casual fans about major events.

      At this point, the die-hard fans have already seen the pictures and videos of major events on the Internet and magazines months before the show catches up to them. There's also a lot of silly fluff and filler in the episodes and at least 5 minutes of repeated scenes pre and post commercial breaks, that could cause bored casual fans to walk away or flip the channel.

      That being said I'm pretty sure the show will go on with its current format at least until John and Abbie's wedding. Unless another courtship comes along with convenient timing next year, I'm not sure how much other content would be left to sustain a full season of a show. It's too bad Derick cut ties with TLC as he seems to be up to a lot of interesting things lately.

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  13. Since Derick is already has two university or college degrees maybe time served will mitigate his session!

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    1. It is law school. Law School acceptance requires a Bachelor's degree,as a minimum. So, no extra credit because he has a degree in accounting. And the pastor accredition does not give him any extra credit.

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    2. He has one bachelor's degree in accounting. The ministry program was just a certificate from their local church; I doubt it holds any value or relevance in the educational system.

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    3. He has an accounting degree, what's the second one? A certificate from Cross Church doesn't count.

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    4. Law school requires passing the LDAP

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  14. I’m convinced Derick just doesn’t like to work. It’s handy Jill made money from TLC.

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    1. Attending and graduating from University is hard work and more so with a family and young children. Attending law school, articling, setting up a practice isn't for the lazy either.

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    2. And everyone else here is convinced that you are making an unsound judgment against a man you literally do not know.

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    3. Agree11:54. People are just jealous.

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    4. You must know him personally

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    5. No one is jealous, many of us feel that Derick needs to find a profession he can stick with. I’d like hear from him what is driving this choice and what his ultimate goal is. There are people that go to school for one career and then when it’s time to get a job, they decide to go back to school. Derick is not lazy we’ve seen him pour himself into missionary work, he’s an accountant but didn’t stick with it. I hope he is successful, the best indicator for what someone will do is what they’ve done before.

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  15. I'm so confused. Didn't Derick just graduate from a ministry program a few days ago?

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    1. A lawyer, preacher, and accountant. He needs to pick one and support his family.

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    2. He’ll leave law school by next summer, saying the lord has led him elsewhere. Maybe into nursing school next time. Lord knows he won’t be going into the workforce!

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    3. To 3:17 and 10:47. If you aren't here to build up and encourage, you should move along. This is a website in support of this family. As a final thought for you both, think of 1 thing positive and uplifting to say to 3 people you see today!😊 it will make your heart smile guaranteed!

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    4. So interesting that we total strangers know what he "needs" to do. Let the man live his life as he sees best, just like you do!

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    5. You know, 1:14, some of those "total strangers" have a lot of life experience, have seen other people make bad choices, have seen what happens when you do, and have learned over the years what works and what doesn't. If they want to point out where they see mistakes happening, let them. Don't discount the wisdom that comes with age.

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  16. I think it is great that Derick is going to law school. It will be interesting to see how he handles the laws that are a contrast to certain issues he has taken a stand on. But I give him a lot of credit for going to law school at the University. You go, Derick! Do you think that at some point he will go into politics?

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    1. I definetly think law school is a stepping stone into politics for Derrick.

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  17. Con grarstoDerick!📚

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  18. Maybe scholarships and/or student loans?

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  19. Congrats and best of luck to the Dillard family.

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  20. Good luck in law school. Continues success. God Bless.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

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  21. I'm curious to know why he did a ministry program before law school?

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    1. Perhaps it’s sparked interest and he found a path to better suit his calling.

      I did an SLP graduate program (intense 2 years) and found more of a passion in intervention. More school to follow!

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  22. Wow That is awesome Derick!!!

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  23. I too am happy that that the is going back to school with the expectation of providing a good life for his family. Pursuing law is expensive and I wonder if Derick shares the same " no debt" philosophy as the Duggars?

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    1. Derick mentioned that "financial freedom" program his church (and other churches) had. I won't name names to give publicity, but there's a well-known man who has a radio show and a seminar about not being in debt, and Derick talked about attending the seminar at his church.

      Personally, I don't mind debt, as long as it's something like mortgage debt with a low percent, and your house is rising in value while your other money (that you could use to pay off the 3.25% mortgage) is sitting instead in investments that are raking in 11-15%. Mortgages are some of the cheapest money you can ever borrow. Paying them off early means that money is not liquid. It becomes equity that you'd have to tap into with another loan or a sale. You get richer by investing and making your money work for you, not paying off "cheap" debt.

      Same with car loans. I won't pull money out of investments to pay cash for something that depreciates. I'll take the car industry's 1 or 2% loans and leave my money where it is, making way more than that over the course of the loan.

      So a straight "no debt" policy, I don't agree with. As long as you're not going to default on loans, debt doesn't need to be scary. But in Derick's case, with variable employment...

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    2. He may be taking out loans which is their business, not the Duggars

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    3. He does. In an episode he told Jim Bob he would not go into debt.

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    4. @12:05 AM - Very well said and intelligently explained; thank you. I think debt is bad for many people because they don't have the discipline to spend within their means, so they use credit to establish a negative net worth.

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    5. You have to manage debt wisely. Don't borrow if you might not be employed while paying back or if you don't have an emergency fund set aside. Don't go into debt for the day-to-day things like groceries. Borrowing for cars or houses builds your credit history, which is not a bad thing.

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  24. It is none of our business. I wish him well - he is a college graduate, I think he has an ability to book learn.

    ALL the best to him and his family.

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  25. Do people in the US really wear a suit and tie to university?

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    1. Just because the pic was posted today doesn't mean it was taken today:)

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    2. Not at any university I've ever attended, OP. Not even the days the student body president meets with the board of trustees. Maybe on graduation day, a shirt & tie under the grad gown. I don't understand Derick's wardrobe choice either.

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    3. No. Students dress informally. Derek wearing a suit and tie and carrying a brief case looks out of place.

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    4. Why not? He looks better then some sloppy half put together guy showing up like we see on some of these Universities.

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    5. Not all, could be a requirement or simply “dress to impress” desire.

      Better than some that show body parts or pajamas 😜. Especially in an advanced degree.

      My program’s attire guideline is: dress like the professional you are.

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    6. There are no requirements for dress at colleges and universities today, other than decency. You don’t need to wear a suit to learn.

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    7. When you dress up, you're taken more seriously. So many young people today don't always get jobs they want because they don't dress up and especially don't sound educated. I've seen this happen many many times and those people dont get hired.

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    8. The university near me has a "no pants" day in the winter. Along with getting creative with your attire that day (people show up in anything but pants), there's a "no pants" fun run that's a fundraiser for charity.

      I'm going to guess that Derick's law school won't have similar collegiate festivities.

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    9. Wearing a suit and tie to class can get very uncomfortable. And those wearing suits will not impress others. It is the student's performance in class that will impress, not what he or she wears. Substance over image is more important.

      Here, there is no dress code for students, other than common sense. For students in professional programs, there are times when they have to dress up but, in many instances, wearing business causal is sufficient. Day-to-day attendance in class matters more than what the student is wearing.

      I can see evangelical schools and faith-based institutions having a dress code but Derek is attending a state university.

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    10. 9:18 I'm really curious what the guys wear on no pants day? Skirts? Nothing at all?

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    11. There's a no pants subway day in NYC. Has been for years. The participants wear normal clothes up top and some sort of "fancy" underwear or "funny" underwear without pants. There's nothing indecent about it. They're covered. It's supposed to make you laugh or do a double-take. The "no pants" thing is probably just one of those fads with college age people, like phone booth cramming or goldfish swallowing. When I was in college, it was streaking. Now that was something. But anyway, yeah, most people don't wear suits and ties to college.

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    12. 9:18 - In grade school, my grandchildren will have pajama day or career dress day or other fun days. Never have I ever heard of a university having a “no pants day” until now. Isn’t that a bit childish? What, pray tell, are they expected to wear and how do you get a student body to get on board with such silliness. This must be a small, private university that you are referring to. Which university is it?

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  26. Don't lose sleep, I'm sure they've figured it out.

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  27. Does anyone know why Derick is going to law school instead of returning to work as an accountant?

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    1. He barely practiced accountancy. I think he only had the Walmart job and that was for less than a year. I guess he didn’t really like it

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    2. He probably wants to be a part of change for the betterment of our country. Like the old saying goes " be the change you want to see." Good for you Derick blessings to you and Jill and your family!

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  28. Don’t fret! They have their life together. You need to worry about yourself!!!

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  29. Congratulations Dillard family!

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  30. I would think that Jill
    Earned money from the years she was on the family show.

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  31. I’m curious to see if Derick will have a problem upholding laws that he feels are against his religious beliefs.
    My husband is a lawyer. I supported him throughout law school and didn’t see him a lot during the school year. Hope Jill has grown up and doesn’t require Derick’s undivided attention; she sure won’t be getting it.

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    1. Agreed! I spent a lot of time alone while my husband was in law school. It was hard, but well worth it!

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    2. I am a doctor and against abortion. Thus, I chose a specialty where I would never ever be asked to refer for an abortion or do an abortion. If your husband went to law school, then you know very well that there are many areas of law where you never have to worry about things against your Christian principles. I do agree that Jill is unlikely to see much of him unless he enrols part-time, which some schools allow after a full-time first year.

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    3. So much jealousy and hatred. Do you know Jill personally? Why would you say you hope she grows up? I think people are jealous and wished they had their own show.

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    4. Jealous? Nope, just observant.

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    5. 5:54 - The OP brings up a good point about the amount of time Derick will have to devote to law school and the time spent away from his family. It is a dramatic change from how they have previously lived married life. When Derick worked at Walmart, Jill drove him to work and took him lunch. It's less likely she'll be able to do that with two young children. Then the Dillards spent the majority of their time together doing missionary work. Hopefully, the time apart is a smooth transition for Jill.
      It doesn't sound like the poster is jealous of the Dillards. Her husband is already a lawyer and she has experienced what the Dillards are about to go through. Also, the Dillards don't have their own show.

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    6. Anon @ 5:54 When Derick worked at Walmart Jill drove back and forth every day to eat lunch with him in the carpark, as she didn't like being on her own. She will not be able to attend classes with him bringing the two boys with her, I think that is what people are refering to.

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    7. Law wife here. My husband worked about 60+ hours a week during school (classes, studying, writing, researching, etc). At his first firm job, he was frequently home after 9 pm, and would often continue working well into the evening. Most firms require new associates to hit around 2,000 billable hours every year. And a lot of state bars require a certain amount of pro bono work - which doesn’t factor into your billables. I spend a lot of time taking care of the house and the kids by myself, and supporting is emotional and physical well-being. Those of us who know what it’s like are simply concerned about how Jill may handle this. It’s definitely not for someone who cannot function independently. Again, not attacking Jill in any sense. It’s just a real shock if you don’t know what’s coming.

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    8. Jill has a huge support team!

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    9. Anon 12:58, what is your speciality? What do you do if a patient has had a previous abortion? I am no doctor but I know that doctors look at a patients entire medical history before making a diagnosis or prescribing medications.



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    10. @7:54 I would hope that a doctor would treat a patient, even if she had a previous abortion. And, that information is not always necessary to know. It all depends on what the patient is being treated for. If, for example, a patient sprained her ankle, her reproductive history does not fact into her treatment.

      Here, doctors can refuse to provide certain services, based on their religious beliefs. But they HAVE to refer the patient to a doctor who will.

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  32. Congrats!!!! You'll do wonderfully!

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  33. Methinks Derick is using this as a stepping stone to a political life. If that’s the case you can bet Jim Bob is the banker behind Derick’s education

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    1. I can't picture Derick happy behind some corporate law desk the rest of his life.....

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    2. Derick's personality and temperament will be so great for a political career. He is very charming and well-liked. He exhibits an aura of refinement and decorum necessary for elected office.

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    3. I think you're on to something there!

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    4. That would be good if he did run for office because having a Christian politician is really needed. We need people who stand up for God and country.

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    5. Politics and religion have never been a good mix

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    6. We need people who realize that you can't be a politician to only one segment of the population.

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    7. I would suggest that Derick stay out of politics in the state of Vermont, given what happened there recently.

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  34. Remember the separation of church and state Derick

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    1. Remember the "separation of church and state" appears no where in the Constitution, it was written in a private letter by Thomas Jefferson. And that the First Amendment prohibits the government from establishing a state religion, but it ALSO protects the right to a free exercise of religion, which is NOT just going to Church on Sundays (or Saturdays) and keeping quiet about your beliefs the rest of the time to be politically correct.

      All this being said, while I assume Derick would support, say, a baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding, I don't know if Derick is planning on using a law degree to specifically support any conservative Christian causes or not. I guess we'll see.

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    2. LOL, we do not have separation of church and state. Churches preach politics to their congregation every day and do it on the state's dime by not having to bear their weight in taxes.

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    3. What about freedom of speech?

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    4. Remember that separation of church and state was put in place to protect THE CHURCH

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    5. Surprised he didn’t look into a less secular program.

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    6. @3:50 He would probably have to have moved Jill from her family again, and that wouldn't work. Besides, the family already has the red t-shirts.

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    7. Not necessarily...the Founding Fathers never intended for a full separation of church and state. Somewhere along the way, it got changed up and now we have the mess that we do to day.

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    8. 9:52, What's that supposed to mean?
      3:50, He wanted to be close to home and family.

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  35. I hope Derrick settled in to some vocation. He seems to start one thing and then move to another. Wishing them the best

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    1. It’s one thing to explore possibilities when you are a college freshman. It’s quite another to go from one advanced degree to another. That is time-consuming and expensive. I really think Derick has his ideal job in mind, but is having trouble defining a path to get himself there. I predict it won’t be too long before we hear Derick has put law school on hold for awhile, as he explores another avenue for his ideal, albeit illusive, career.

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  36. Congratulations Derick! Derick probably get money from his dad after his dad past away.

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  37. Maybe he will defend Christians, churches and Christian organizations/businesses against some of the unlawful or unconstitutional regulations forced upon them by the government and bureaucracy. Maybe he will work for an organization like American Center for Law and Justice, which fights for Christians. We need more lawyers like that.

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    1. Can you name any of these “unlawful or unconstitutional regulations”?

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    2. Amen! Yes we sure do! Go Derick!

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    3. That would be awesome if he joined American Center for Law and Justice. I hope he does.

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    4. Could you please tell me what "unconstitutional laws" that affect Chrisitans you're referring to?

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    5. Maybe she's talking about trying to be forced to bake a cake, 1:57?

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    6. Anon 3:47. "Being forced to make a cake"? If you're talking about that baker in Colorado, he shouldn't be allowed to refuse to serve customers because he doesn't like them or what they do.

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    7. The baker whose case went to the Supreme Court was not refusing to serve all gay people and has stated he'd be happy to sell a gay person a birthday cake, or a cake with no message on it at all. What he refused to do, was to bake a cake with a message celebrating a same-sex marriage.

      If he "shouldn't allowed to refuse" that, then if a Klansman asked a baker to bake a cake with a burning cross on it, or a cake with a message including the "N word", the baker shouldn't be allowed to refuse that, either.

      BTW do you think restaurant owners should be allowed to refuse to serve politicians and their staff, just because they don't like them or what they do? As happened recently to the WH Press Secretary. Last I checked no one has sued that person.

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  38. I'm confused. Many of you here have adamantly stated that college is a terrible idea that brings nothing but debt and a degree you can't use. Now Derick is going back to college, and it's wonderful? Which is it, debt or great?

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    1. Who said he’s going into debt?

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  39. I hope they wait for another child, that is if Jill can have more after Samuel’s difficult birth. Law school is full time plus much reading and studying. Good luck, Derick.

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  40. I would assume he still works for Cross Church and has some savings. I highly doubt they paid cash for their home but if you live modestly you can make it work. Education is always worth it.
    I would like to see one of the girls go to school (Ben, Jeremy and Derrick have but none of the biological Duggars)

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  41. I think he'll do well. I wish him all the best.

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  42. That is so wonderful!! We need more Christian lawyers!! What a great decision!!

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  43. Congratulations, Derrick. I appreciate the way you stand up for your values. You'll make a great lawyer, one with integrity.

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  44. Congratulations Derick! Love seeing updates with your family miss seeing you on TV.

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  45. I'm sure that Derick and Jill prayed about this as well as both families. And I'm sure that he knows what branch of law he wants to get into. I don't see him working at a large legal corporation unless it's to get some experience for a short time after he graduates. Of course, my personal opinion would be in the Christian field. I wish them both the best.

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  46. Congratulations I know YOU will do well

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  47. Congratulations! I think he will go into tax law since he was an accountant...makes sense to me. I am glad he is back to dressing like his old self. The beard and man bun was not him.

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  48. Congratulations derrick!

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  49. So proud of you Derick! Ignore the negativity

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  50. Good for you Derick. I miss seeing you and Jill

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  51. So happy for you. I miss seeing your family on the show

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  52. You and Jill are an inspiration to all. Your light truly shines.

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  53. How does Derrick plan on paying for this? He paid for his course at Cross Church by securing donations from the public. The Duggar family clan has been quite vocal about living debt free and all the other adult males in the family group do something to earn money to support their families. Since quitting the TV show Derrick has done nothing but attend school on OPM.

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    1. Having a 4 year degree already Derick would not be eligible for financial aid. Law school is expensive, I also wonder how he will afford this choice.

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  54. Congratulations Derick on being accepted to Law School. Wishing you and your family the best.

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  55. How is Derick paying for law school? Maybe JimBob gave him a 'loan' in return for being the Duggar family lawyer.

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