Derick Dillard, Lawyer: Wife Jill Duggar Shares What Her Husband Plans to Do After He Gets His J.D.

Derick Dillard is going to be a lawyer. Duggar daughter Jill Dillard’s husband started his first semester at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville in August. Since then, he’s been sharing updates about his life as a student on his social media, including news about his classes, photos of himself dressed up like a character from Riverdale for spirit week, and highlights from his family’s visits to campus.

Dillard is only in his second semester of law school. Earning his J.D. will take three years, so it will be some time before he’s able to take the bar and hopefully start practicing law. But he already has a plan for what he wants to do once he finishes law school, according to his wife.

Dillard wants to practice public interest law

Jill Duggar Dillard and Derick Dillard
Jill Duggar Dillard and husband Derick Dillard in 2014. | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)

In a post on the Dillard Family blog, Jill Dillard offered some insight into her husband’s future career plans. The update – which Inquisitr spotted in the comments section – came into a response to a fan’s question.

“Jill, how is Derick enjoying law school? Does he know what branch of law he wants to pursue?” someone named Becky asked.

“It’s going well!” Jill replied. “He’s in full swing with exams, briefs, oral arguments, and summer job applications. He’s hoping to practice some kind of public interest law (voice for the voiceless).”

She didn’t elaborate any more on her husband’s plans. But some posts on her husband’s social media give a little insight into the issues he’s interested in. On March 4, he tweeted about an “interesting Constitutional Law class today on Roe v. Wade.” (Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S.)

“Grateful for the evolution of science over the past 46 yrs, to better determine and communicate when life begins, so that we can be sure everyone’s rights are protected,” he added.

Dillard has been vocal about his pro-life views. Given his interest in being a “voice for the voiceless,” (a phrase sometimes used by pro-life advocates) it’s possible he’s interested in a career as an anti-abortion lawyer. Or he could be planning to pursue another area of public interest law.

What is his law school like?

Whatever direction Dillard decides to take his career, he can be sure he’s getting a good education. The University of Arkansas is one of the top 100 law schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. It’s also one of the best values in legal education and one of the best schools for public service, according to National Jurist. Per-semester tuition and fees are $8,094, or about $16,000 a year.

More than 300 students are enrolled at the school. Alumni include former U.S. senator Mark Pryor, former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator David Pryor, and former Arkansas governor Mike Beebe.

President Bill Clinton was even once a professor at the law school. Back in September, Dillard shared a photo of himself and his wife posing in front of his former office, which is marked by a plaque. Though the couple likely doesn’t share many of Clinton’s political beliefs, they seemed excited by the connection nonetheless.

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