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In the Trump family, it's not uncommon for the children to follow in their parents' footsteps. Donald Trump took over his father's real estate business. Ivanka and Donald Junior joined their dad on "The Apprentice." Now, Donald Junior and Eric Trump are managing the Trump Organization, after the president withdrew from the day-to-day management. Even Barron's name suggests that his parents might want him to follow his father into politics.
But Tiffany Trump? She seems to be setting her own path and that path leads to law school.
Tiffany Trump Looks at Law Schools
Tiffany is often considered the Trump family's "black sheep," the most mysterious, removed Trump child. She's kept a relatively low profile, avoiding charity galas and reality television shows alike. Born of Donald and his mistress-turned-second-wife Marla Maples, Tiffany was raised in Los Angeles, far from most of the Trump clan. It's no surprise that she's not signing up to take over the Trump family's real estate empire or to act as a presidential advisor.
What Tiffany wants, it seems, is a J.D. Last summer, she announced on Instagram that she was studying for the LSAT and she's been touring the nation's top law schools in recent months.
In December, the Trump daughter stopped by Harvard Law School. Then, just a week later, Tiffany was spotted at Columbia Law School.
Now, she's moved downtown, visiting New York University Law School. Tiffany toured NYU Law last week, Joe Patrice reports on Above the Law. According to a tipster, her tour included sitting in on Professor Hulsebosch's 1L property class. (Did she learn about the Rule Against Perpetuities? Adverse possession? Some nonsense about sticks and bundles? Important details are lacking.)
Throughout the hallway, signs were posted saying "save us Tiffany, you're our only hope."
Harvard vs. Columbia vs. NYU vs. Many, Many More
Any of the three schools would be a good choice for Tiffany Trump. Harvard is a natural fit for a president's daughter, having educated both the world's leaders and their children for generations. We're not sure, though, how Donald feels about HLS's perennial second place status in the U.S. News rankings. (There's no reports of Tiffany checking out the number one law school, Yale.)
You can certainly do worse than Columbia, too. Tiffany could take some inspiration from another woman who has bucked trends and expectations: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg attended Harvard before transferring to Columbia to finish off her studies.
If Tiffany is interested in public service, though, NYU might be a good choice. The school has developed a strong public interest reputation in recent years. Indeed, as she was touring, students were protesting the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the annual public interest law career fair. Plus, downtown Manhattan is much more exciting than Morningside Heights or Cambridge. (And Mamoun's would be right around the corner.)
Of course, all this speculation is a bit premature. If Tiffany took the LSAT this December, as has been reported, she should be getting her scores any day now. That puts her in line to start applying to schools in Fall of 2017. She'll have plenty of time to explore more law schools by then.