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June 11, 2013

Fla. Panhandle grandma graduates law school

— PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Sandra Wilson graduated from law school in May at age 70. Now she's studying for the bar exam and preparing to look for a job.

Wilson raised three children before she went back to Florida State University, where she graduated in 2009. The next year, she made the bold decision to move to Montgomery, Ala., to attend Faulkner University.

"I lived there for three years," Wilson told the News Herald of Panama City (http://bit.ly/17EzFNH ). "I never lived by myself. I left my parents' home when I married my husband (Steve)."

Her husband was fully on board with the decision to go to law school.

"We had been married for 47 years and she put up with me," he said. "If she was going to go, I was going to support her to the very end." On June 1, the couple celebrated 50 years of marriage.

She said it was an adventure to live away from her family. "It was amazing doing things that were foreign to me," she said.

An example, she said, was learning new technology. When she left for law school she got an iPhone. Then her husband got on board. "Not only did I have an iPhone, but he got an iPhone," she said.

Once she passes the bar exam, Sandra Wilson wants to do something to help others, perhaps specializing in children's law.

"I really want to do something in the public interest. I really want my degree to be used as a ministry," she said.

She said she started leaning toward law school as she finished her undergraduate degree.

"I found that every time I was writing a paper I was writing about the law I would always gravitate toward the law," Wilson said. "Then when a couple of classmates of mine decided to go to law school, I thought, 'I wish I could do that.' "

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