At 17, he graduated from Harvard and high school at the same time — now at 20 he passed the bar exam

Braxton Moral has added another achievement to his already impressive record. At 20 years old, he just became America’s youngest lawyer after passing the bar exam.

The Ulysses, Kansas resident spoke about the moment he learned he had passed on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

“So, we’d actually just entered a movie theater,” he said. “Scrolling through social media, saw one of my friends got their scores, figured my score’s probably in as well, started to panic, found out I passed, my parents were ecstatic, and we saw the movie.”


Braxton hasn’t decided on a law firm yet, but he has done externships at the Haskell County, Kansas attorney’s office and the city attorney’s office in Liberal, Kansas.

“You have to kind of be more than one thing out here ’cause it’s so desolate. You know, tried a few people for traffic infractions, I got ’em. I mean, they were on camera, but that’s beside the point, I still got ’em. And I’m keepin’ our city safer,” he explained.

Braxton Moral holding a plaque from Harvard

The new lawyer said he didn’t know if the defendants were aware of his age.

“One defendant knew it was my first trial and joked about how he was there to help me get started,” he recalled.

The young, accomplished man mentioned that he is interested in litigation and trials.

Clarkson revealed that Pilot Pen was writing Braxton a $1,000 check during the program.

Braxton’s latest milestone comes only three years after he graduated from high school and Harvard simultaneously.

A young Braxton Moral

He graduated from Ulysses High School May 2019 and received his undergraduate degree at Harvard Extension School 11 days later.

Braxton skipped fourth grade and had been attending Harvard classes since he was 11. Students can enroll in programs without any prerequisites as long as they can pass tests, take trial classes, or get approved by the school administration.

Braxton took online Harvard extension courses during the day and attended traditional classes in person during the day. He also attended remote classes at high school in a separate room for online students.

He said completing high school and college homework simultaneously wasn’t difficult because the Harvard Extension School website helped him stay on track.

A young Braxton Moral wearing a suit

“I always checked the curriculum and made sure to have everything online. Classes were predictable, Monday through Thursday, and homework was always mentioned,” he said.

Braxton’s favorite college class was called “A Road to the White House.” He also enjoyed a class discussing the history of nuclear weapons.

“It helped me to learn, to have people who are at the forefront of their fields and can offer information,” he said.

His parents learned about Harvard’s extension courses through Duke University, which had a program that identified and provided educational opportunities to kids who exceeded those in their schools.

Braxton graduated from Washburn University School of Law in 2.5 years, instead of the traditional three. He said he didn’t do well during his first semester but dominated it in the second. He took some summer courses to improve his grades.

Braxton Moral during his graduation day

Braxton moved into a townhouse near the campus to live alone, as it was six hours from Ulysses.

“It was interesting, I had a great time. I had so much freedom,” he said.

But when COVID hit, Braxton returned to his parents’ home and took classes remotely ever since.

Despite his many achievements, Braxton remains modest and says he’s still prone to making silly mistakes like everyone else.

“I poured a drink out of a cup with a hole the other day, so it’s not a big deal,” he said.

Braxton and his family deserve congratulations for this amazing achievement! Click the video to see Braxton’s appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show.

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