News that Rehan Staton, a former worker for a Maryland cleaning company, had received an admission letter from Harvard Law School made headlines in June of 2020. However, this was not the only prominent legal school that the young man, who was 24, got admitted into.
In addition to the opportunity to attend Harvard Law School, Staton was sent invitations to attend the law schools of Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), the University of Southern California (USC), and Pepperdine University.
In addition to this, out of the five institutions from which Station got acceptance letters, four of them were included on Forbes’ ranking of the best 20 law schools in the nation.
The climb to success that Staton took was not an easy one. His mother left him and his brother, Reggie, when he was a little boy and never returned. In order to provide for his family, sometimes their father held down three jobs at once.
Even though his father tried all in his power to provide for his family, there were times when it wasn’t enough.
Staton recounted that his family spent the winters of his boyhood without heat because they could not afford it and given his living circumstances, he often arrived at school both hungry and exhausted man discovered that his professors offered him neither consolation nor assistance.
Staton’s life was drastically impacted when he made the choice to start working at Bates Trucking & Trash Removal when he was left with few other alternatives.
His colleagues strongly urged him to sign up for classes at Bowie State University in 2014, and he did so.
In 2016, Staton made the move to the University of Maryland and while he was a student there, he made the decision to pursue a degree in law. He submitted his application to nine different law schools and was accepted into five of them, but made the decision to enroll in the Harvard Law School.
He also said that having a support structure helped him achieve his goals: “people are investing in you at the same rate as you are investing in yourself.”