To be a Lawyer Now, or to be a Lawyer?

Xavier Harris

Director of Legal Operations, United States Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Xavier Harris had to take the long way to get to his dream of being a lawyer, but his perseverance paid off with a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Xavier Harris
Law '23

Xavier Harris (LAW ’23) was 10 years old when he decided that he wanted to be a lawyer. At the time, he had no idea how difficult it would be. 

When it came time to apply for college, Harris wanted to study political science or psychology, but he couldn’t get the scholarships that he needed. He realized that he needed to take a detour.

“I started coming up with plans A through E,” says Harris, who will graduate from Chicago-Kent College of Law on May 14.

“At a young age, it’s challenging to accept that you have to take the long route to your dream,” he adds. “At some point I started asking myself, ‘Is the goal to be a lawyer tomorrow, or is the goal to be a lawyer?’”

Harris was featured as a part of Illinois Institute of Technology's coverage of its 2023 commencement. Read the full story.

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