Homeschooled Genius Haley Taylor Schlitz, Age 16, Accepted Into 9 Law Schools

Haley Taylor Schlitz is the epitome of excellence. The 16-year-old Texan and college senior who graduates in May from the Texas Woman’s University (she graduated high school at 13) is preparing to start law school at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law this fall. It is one of nine law schools that accepted the brilliant teen, according to the American Bar Association.

Law schools like Howard University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Texas Southern University were among the institutions who accepted Schlitz.

“I think the entire educational experience has really helped me grow and learn who I am better,” Haley said, in an interview. “A lot of people find that out about themselves a little bit later in life. My education has really helped me get to know who Haley is.”

Schlitz was home-schooled after her parents decided to withdraw her from public school in the fifth grade because they didn’t believe she was being taught properly.

“I was just being taught to pass the end-of-the-year test to get to the next grade,” she says. “I wasn’t being taught to learn.”

The humble teen is grateful to her parents for choosing to homeschool her. Initially, Schlitz aspired to be a doctor like her mother but she changed her mind and decided to pursue a career in law instead. Her goal is to be an advocate for gifted students from traditionally neglected communities.

“Home-schooling helped me go at my own pace and thrive on my own terms,” Haley said. “I was able to skip what I knew and do what’s at my intellectual level.”

But don’t be fooled. The ambitious young lady just doesn’t constantly study. She loves to read, write, draw and play video games with her brother.

In the last 15 years, the number of Black children, who are being homeschooled, has doubled from 103,000 to about 220,000. Black parents cite a number of reasons for homeschooling children but racism in schools and subpar education lead the reasons for the shift to unconventional schooling.

Black families have now become one of the fastest-growing groups of homeschoolers with black students making up an estimated 10 percent of the homeschooling population. (For comparison’s sake, they make up 16 percent of all public-school students nationwide, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.)


  1. Congratulations! I wish you all the best! With God, ALL things are possible!

  2. I especially like that she pointed out that the public school did not teach her to learn. If you teach a child to learn they hold unlimited power the public school system is designed to teach a child what to think not how to think.

  3. Was this written as a press release for home schooling?
    Sounds more like a sales pitch than an actual piece of journalism.

  4. What a dream child with dream parents! Wish I had that, but I did well regardless. But, really, it was great that you had obvious intellect, maturity and resources. I hope that you go way further and run for office, I’d vote for you! ( I might be dead by then.)

  5. 9 law schools?! And that does not include the ones who rejected her. Must be nice to have the money and resources to apply to an unlimited number of schools.

    • Debbie Downer..I knew there’d be at least one!

    • her mother is a doctor.

    • Most schools will waive the application fee if you are from a low income household. At least for undergrad, I’m sure it’s the same for law schools.

    • Why is everyone so quick to judge and put down? Let us be happy for this young girl and how hard she and her parents have worked. So what if they have the income to apply to so many law schools! When there’s a will, there’s a way!

    • They did say that her mother is a doctor and her father likely works also so they do have the funds most probably. I hope for those that don’t have the funds that there is some kind of resource to help with application fees.

    • B–You took the time to type out that envious comment about how many schools this talented woman applied to? Hope that made you feel all warm and loved as you obviously aren’t. Pathetic hobby you have, scrawling out resentment and nastiness online about people who are hardworking and talented.

  6. LaKeisha Jackson

    It’s nice to see that SMU looks beyond LSAT scores, and recognizes that other factors are important as well. Good luck in law school, Haley!

  7. Paul Saunders

    congrats 🙂

  8. Jordan Frazier

    This is awesome! Best wishes on her future endeavors.

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