Eight-year-old lays down the law

Let nobody tell you law school exams are easy. Even if an eight-year-old can pass them after a week.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

The eight-year-old in question is Brazilian Joao Victor Portellinha de Oliveira, who successfully passed the entrance exam required to study law at Universidade Paulista, a private university. Apparently the fifth-grader, who wants to be a federal judge when he grows up, decided to take the test to see how he’d do – and passed with flying colours after a week’s revision. He said the exams were ‘easy’.

Unfortunately Joao won’t be taking up his place at university – they took exception when he turned up for the first day of his course with his father in tow (reports that he was also carrying a Transformers lunchbox and a conker remain unconfirmed). Officials sent him packing and refunded the fees, telling him to come back when he’s finished school.

The incident has let some unkind cynics to speculate that the Brazilian legal exams are a bit too easy. Although to be fair, Joao is not your typical eight-year-old – he’s actually two grades above his age, so his educational level is actually more like that of a ten-year-old. Which is obviously much less embarrassing.

As you’d expect, there were a few red faces in the Brazilian legal community when the story got out. Apparently the trade body called on the Government to block elementary school pupils from taking the test – although we can’t help feeling their time would be better spent writing a harder exam paper. 

Now the boy’s parents are reportedly thinking about suing the university for not letting their prodigy complete the course. The only problem is, they can’t find any decent lawyers...

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