Alcorn alumnus earns law degree

After three years of law school, Alcorn State University alumnus and Vicksburg, Miss. native Jason Ross has reached the pinnacle of his education.

Ross earned his Juris Doctor degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Ga. Saturday, May 23. Prior to earning his law degree, Ross earned his master’s degree in health administration from Central Michigan University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Alcorn State University. He plans to prepare for the Georgia Bar exam. Once that process is complete, he plans to gain experience working at a law firm. His ultimate goal is to open his own practice that specializes in medical malpractice.

After achieving this step toward his ultimate goal, Ross felt a sense of pride and accomplishment after earning his degree. He also acknowledged those who supported him throughout his journey.

“I feel as if I can achieve anything,” said Ross. “I want to challenge myself to become a great individual. As I walked across the stage to receive my degree, it was a really proud moment for me. I realized that this is not only an accomplishment for me, but for my amazing family and wonderful friends who are my support system. Knowing that I made them proud is an indescribable feeling.”

Although Ross had to refrain from attending extracurricular activities during law school, he said that those sacrifices proved to be worth it in the end.

“Law school consisted of endless reading, writing, and thinking like a lawyer. There was only one exam per course, so it was hit or miss. I really had to discipline myself to stay focused and build my life around school. I have missed many homecomings, soul bowls, and family functions to complete this task.”

After years of being a student, Ross knows what it takes to be successful at completing an education. He encourages students who are working toward their degrees to stay focused on their goals no matter what circumstances may arise.

“The decisions that are made in the face of adversity determine the outcome and success in life. I encourage every student, especially Alcornites, to push through the pain, unforeseen circumstances and sleepless nights because they are truly just a test. I’ve learned that nothing worth having comes easily and we have to continue to work hard, be consistent and persevere until the goal is attained.”

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