Sunday, March 23, 2008

8-year-old Passes Law School Entry Exam in Brazil

The Associated Press reports on this odd law school tale out of Brazil:

An eight-year-old boy with dreams of becoming a judge has passed a law school entrance exam, shocking Brazil's legal profession and prompting a federal investigation.

The Universidade Paulista, a multi-campus private university, issued a statement acknowledging that Joao Victor Portellinha de Oliveira had passed the entrance exam and that it initially enrolled him. But he was turned away from classes when he showed up on Thursday with his father.

... The Brazilian Bar Association said the boy's achievement should be a warning about the low standards of some of the country's law schools.

Education Minister Fernando Haddad expressed concern and said he had ordered an investigation.

- Annie Noa Kenet, Toronto

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