John, 69, of Marco Island, has passed the exams at Ave Maria School of Law, which makes him a second year law student. John is unique, the oldest law student at Ave Maria and maybe the oldest law student in Florida. It has been tough; just applying was a challenge. The school requires transcripts of all previous college work, vehicle driving records and more.
“My undergraduate degree was finished 50 years ago, my master’s degree almost 35 years ago and my doctorate work more than 20 years ago. Colleges had to search their archives to find my transcripts,” Arceri said. “Driving records were even more challenging. The typical 22-year-old law student only needed to go back four years. I needed driving records from 50 years back. Getting letters from former professors was impossible. Most of mine were deceased.”