Where Does Derick Dillard, Jill Duggar’s Husband, Go to Law School?

The Duggar family has been around for years — and though many of us first remember them from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, they’ve since moved on to their newer biographical show, Counting On. We’ve had a chance to see many of the 19 Duggar children go from teens to full-fledged adults. And many have even courted, married, and started little families of their own. Nowadays, fans are particularly interested in what Jill Duggar’s up to. She met her husband, Derick Dillard, through the Duggar family patriarch, Jim Bob — and though the two seem happily married, Derick and Jill are no longer associated with TLC due to Derick’s controversial social media presence.

He may not be on Counting On, but Derick and Jill have both made it known that Derick is now in law school. Here are all the details.

Derick attends the University of Arkansas for law school

When Derick and Jill announced on social media that Derick was attending law school, fans couldn’t believe it. But In Touch Weekly notes it’s completely true. The publication notes a Facebook page that’s notoriously anti-Duggar family, called Duggar Family News: Life Is Not All Pickles and Hairspray, looked into the campus directory for the University of Arkansas School of Law and found Derick. As the admin for the Facebook page wrote, “Derick amazingly did get accepted to law school.”

This didn’t come as too much of a shock to those who already followed Jill and Derick on social media, however. Fans noticed Derick started following the American Law Institute and the Law School Admission Council on Twitter. This clued everyone in that law school may have been on his radar for quite awhile now.

The schooling announcement came after he was kicked off of Counting On

The timing of Derick’s choice to pursue a law degree is particularly interesting to viewers of Counting On. Fans noticed Jill and Derick were not a part of Season 7 of the show, which started in February 2018. As for why they were removed, it all has to do with Derick’s controversial social media posts. In Touch Weekly reminds us Derick wrote transphobic tweets about TLC star Jazz Jennings, and he also spewed other homophobic content regarding Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent from Nate & Jeremiah by Design. TLC then stated they no longer wanted to associate with Derick — though Derick maintains it was his family’s own decision to leave the network behind.

The following August, Jill and Derick announced their plans for Derick’s schooling through a post on their blog. In Touch Weekly also notes it seemed Derick had a tough time getting permanent work after his firing from Counting On. Perhaps the couple hoped a future in law would be the best way to maintain financial stability for years to come.

Fans think Jim Bob Duggar is footing the bill

With Jill and Derick off of the show and virtually jobless, fans have wondered how they’re managing to stay afloat and pay for law school. The Hollywood Gossip notes the Duggar Family News blog said Derick’s school of choice should cost the family around $16,000 per year. The blog posited that Jim Bob, Jill’s father, was probably paying for the schooling. Or, the post mentioned that Derick could have “got some conservative evangelical group paying his way in hopes that if Derick actually becomes a lawyer he will be forced to work for their causes” — but it seems Jim Bob’s help is more likely.

Unfortunately, fans of the Duggars don’t seem to have high hopes for Derick’s future in law. In Touch Weekly notes one person posted in response to the news, “Also, he won’t be able to handle it. I went and graduated. You need a thick skin and the ability to entertain and argue different ideas.” And another user wrote, “Nobody’s gonna want to listen to him and that will enrage him even more.”

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