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Georgia Man Who Overcame Struggles to Attend Law School Goes Viral With TikTok Video Celebrating Bar Exam Results

Ray Curtis Petty Jr. – attorney esq. and sister, Shakodi Sapp (Ray Curtis Petty Jr. – attorney esq.)

Two Albany State University (ASU) alumni have gone viral after a TikTok video. Mother and son, Ray Curtis Petty Jr. and Meta Petty have garnered a lot of attention after Ray posted a video of him receiving his bar exam results.

He says his experience through law school has not been an easy journey, but a successful one none the less all thanks to the support of his family.

What most people see as excitement in the video is actually a triumph for Ray and his mother, Meta.

“After the death of my sister, I could not allow that to detour me so I’m thankful those are the tears. Those are the experiences highlighted in the video and I’m grateful to see that the world is encouraged by it,” said attorney Esq., Ray Curtis Petty Jr.

Petty and his family lost his sister, Shakodi Sapp, to sickle cell anemia in 2020. Immediately after her passing, he had to return to both his law school class and his military orders.

“I’ve been a paralegal in the Air Force for six years at the McDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. After those orders, I had to start studying for the bar exam and that took me into 2021. Got my results back, ended up failing the bar exam the first time, and had to start studying again,” said Petty.

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SOURCE: WALB, Nathalie Moreau

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