Well, it’s official. Derick Dillard is going to law school and just may become an actual, licensed lawyer one day. Though we already pretty much had confirmation of the rumor — after all, they don’t add just anybody to the University of Arkansas’ student directory, and Derick’s listed there as a “Professional Year 1 First Term” — we now have it from the horse’s mouth as well. Or, technically, the horse’s wife’s mouth. Jill Duggar shared a picture of Derick all dressed up in a fancy suit with a filecase, and directed fans to the family’s blog where she shared some “exciting news!”

“We are excited to announce our future plans!” she wrote on their blog. “We will be remaining stateside for now as Derick is beginning law school at the University of Arkansas. We look forward to seeing how God will continue to direct our family in this new chapter of life!” She also included a relevant quote from L.E. Modesitt Jr., a science-fiction and fantasy author who shockingly has no mention of Christianity anywhere we can find on his website. (We can’t imagine he’s anywhere on Jim Bob and Michelle Duggars‘ approved reading list, Jill!) “Never mistake law for justice,” she quoted. “Justice is an ideal and law is a tool.”

The news comes just one day after the family shared that Derick had also secured his Gospel Ministry License from Cross Church School of Ministry. “I’m so proud of you!!” wrote his wife with a heart emoji. “Congrats on all your hard work that brought you to this point! Love you babe!” For someone who doesn’t seem to have been working much since he was kicked off Counting On, it certainly seems the former TLC star has taken fans’ constructive criticisms to heart. And he’s excited to share his progress on social media, too. Derick also weighed in on his law school news, sharing a selfie on Instagram. “First day down, a lot more to go!” he wrote. 

Law school is notoriously tough, but Derick is one of the few Duggar extended family members with any college education under his belt. Then again, this is just orientation, which of course he’s psyched for. We’ll see how he’s actually feeling once the semester starts next week — and once things are really under way in a month or two. Viewers have been critical, too. “Who is going to pay for this?” one user wrote on social media. “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.” We’ll have to wait and find out if Derick has either. 

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