Never give up on your dreams. One single mother is living her dream right now, having just graduated from law school at the top of her class, years after originally dropping out of high school. Ieshia Champs, 33, graduated last week from Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall Law School, and pictures from her graduation with her children quickly went viral.
Champs is a single mother of 5 kids, David Jr., 14, Davien, 12, Khassidy, 11, Kaleb, 8 and E’mani, 5. All of her children were present for her graduation ceremony, and nobody cheered louder than them. Afterward, Champs posed in her cap and gown while stepping on a small stack of law books and holding a sign with “I Did It!,” while her children held similar signs indicating they helped as well. The images of the inspirational family made the story go viral online.
Nine years ago, Champs was contemplating suicide after a rough year that included her family losing everything in a house fire, her ex-husband dying of cancer while she was seven months pregnant, and losing her job. After a conversation with her pastor reignited her dream to one day become a lawyer, Champs decided to go for it, years after she dropped out of high school before graduating.
Champs went on to get her GED, before using student loans and a part-time tutoring job to pay her way through Houston Community College, and then she went on to attend the University of Houston for undergrad. During law school she worked as a paid intern at the Harris County Attorney’s Office.
She wants to specialize in family and juvenile law, but she has one obstacle left in her journey: passing the bar exam in July. Champs has indicated that her children, who helped her study in law school by quizzing her with flashcards while she cooked dinner and created a mock jury for some situations, will also help her prepare for the bar exam.