Congrats are in order for Derick Dillard! The former Counting On star was said to be attending The School of Law at the University of Arkansas this fall — and now we have confirmation: He’s in the campus directory!
According to the anti-Duggar Facebook page, Duggar Family News: Life Is Not All Pickles and Hairspray, “Derick amazingly did get accepted to law school,” the admin wrote. “He starts on Monday. Please DON’T email him and feed his persecution complex. Thanks to my insider source for the info. I still can’t believe it. LOL!” Or please do email him because it would be hilarious.
Previously, the page revealed that the father-of-two was “giving up missioning, whatever he did at Cross Church, and God, to attend a secular law school.” But the news didn’t actually come as a big surprise. In June, eagle-eyed fans on reddit noticed that Derick followed the American Law Institute and the Law School Admission Council on Twitter, making people believe Derick was trying to become a lawyer.
“Derick absolutely wants to go to law school,” one user wrote at the time, with a second adding, “He wouldn’t last a week. Too many competing ideologies to make him uncomfortable.”
Back in 2014, Derick worked as an accountant at Walmart. According to his LinkedIn profile, he “worked with state and local tax jurisdictions across the US to conduct sales and use tax audits in an efficient manner, including research on tax law and practices, to insure full compliance and proper remittance, or refund of tax.” So why didn’t he ever get his CPA? Well, several redditors believe Derick “tried and failed” and did “the bare minimum to get his degree.” Hmm, trying to pass the bar exam will be fun then!
But the one question people seem to have about all of this — if Derick is, in fact, trying to become a lawyer — is how will he pay for school? According to Pickles and Hairspray, the college he’ll be attending costs $16,000 a year. “Who is going to pay for this?” one user wrote. “Is he going into 150k of debt? Supporting his family of four (at least) on loans for three years? 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.” A second person commented, “Not only does he lack the discipline, intelligence, and motivation to succeed at anything, let alone something as tough as law school, how in the world is he supposed to pay for it? Another GoFundMe?”
It’s not surprising people are slamming the father-of-two instead of supporting him, since Derick has been in hot water for his hateful messages about the LGBTQ community. Not only did he attack fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings on social media for being transgender, but he also called Nate & Jeremiah by Design stars Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent a “travesty of family.” Most recently, Derick took aim at the cast of Lost in Transition, writing on Twitter, “I really hope this is a series showing the devastation that mental illness causes, rather than presuming that these challenges are simply evidences of an improving society. #optimism.”
Obviously, people don’t think his controversial opinions will be welcomed in a law school classroom. “Nobody’s gonna want to listen to him,” one user wrote, “and that will enrage him even more.”
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