Littlejohn Law, LLC April 2019

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student. I was told I didn’t pass the test, and their recommendation for me was that I should take three classes a semester instead of the normal five. If you have a full course load, law school takes three years, and I did not intend to stay any longer than that. I took five classes per semester the whole time I was there. I graduated in three years, cum laude, in the top 20 percent of my class. Then I passed the Ohio bar exam — on my first try.

The phrase “April showers bring May flowers” makes me think of a part of my experience that I’ve been trying to share more. Just like rain is required to make flowers grow, sometimes you have to go through some hardship to reap rewards later. That was something I learned firsthand when I was about to graduate Capital University with my bachelor’s degree and continued to learn as I applied to law schools. Since high school, my dream had been to get into Capital University Law School after I finished my undergraduate degree. My application was initially rejected, so I asked my academic advisor if she would write me a referral. She wouldn’t do it. And while it bothered me that my academic advisor would not write me a letter of recommendation, it bothered me more that she told me I should give up on my dream of becoming an attorney and just become a paralegal. She told me it would take less time and that it would be more manageable for me. I was dumbstruck. I wasn’t going to give up on my dream that easily. I began applying to law schools everywhere, and it seemed like just as soon as I’d started, the rejection letters began flowing in. All the rejection really started weighing on me. I began to wonder if I had what it took to get into any law school. Finally, I received an acceptance letter from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan and another school in New Hampshire. I choose Thomas M. Cooley, but my struggles were not over yet. TO GET TO THE MAY FLOWERS ENDURING THE APRIL SHOWERS

I went out and started my own law firm, and now Littlejohn Law, LLC is one of the fastest-growing law firms in our area. I’ve authored two books, with a third on the way, and in 2018 and 2019 I was nominated as one of the top 10 best real estate attorneys in Ohio. I was successful in achieving my dream, but I had to press through hardship and challenge to get here. Through it all, I had people backing me who believed in me. My parents were both very supportive and that helped, but they couldn’t get me into law school — I had to do that myself. Through karate, I learned about self- discipline, self-control, confidence, and

determination. It helped me develop a “yes I can” attitude. Any time I was discouraged, I would fall back on my training. In Karate, it’s just you on a mat by yourself. If at first you don’t succeed, you keep trying. My dad would always tell me, “If you fall down seven times, get up eight.” Throughout my experience, I don’t remember a time when I ever felt like giving up. The rejection was challenging and discouraging, but I knew what I wanted to do, and I kept going. The April showers were tough, but they were worth it for the May flowers I got as a reward for my endurance. We use the same approach when helping our clients. We keep going to fight through the challenges and setbacks to help our clients get on a path to success.

Edward Littlejohn

Before I began my classes, I was given an aptitude test to determine how successful I would be as a law

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