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Florida A&M Law School

Summary: A law student from Florida A&M spends 12 hours per day studying and two hours per night training for MMA. 

William Kelly is a law student in Professor Deleso Alford’s class at the Florida A&M University College of Law, according to The Orlando Sentinel.


On the street, Kelly is known as Hale. He told the rest of the class the following:

“William is my government name, but they call me Hale in the streets. I’m an MMA fighter, Brazilian jujitsu practitioner and Muay Thai kickboxer.”

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Kelly studies for 12 hours per day for final exams in law school and then heads to the gym to prepare for his upcoming fights.

“If you can handle this, you can handle anything,” he said. His training sessions last for some two hours each night.

He visits the gym five nights per week.

“It’s a family, most of all,” Kelly said, when discussing his friends from the gym.

Kelly is the youngest child out of five, with all four siblings being girls.

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“He was the only boy and had to deal with all those females — that’s what made him so tough,” said his father, James Kelly.

Kelly served in the U.S. Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq after high school.

Upon returning home from Iraq, Kelly attended the University of Florida, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history. He then worked as a substitute teacher. Then he worked as a financial representative.

Kelly said he needed more in his life and decided he wanted to help people who have been injured or gotten into legal trouble for the first time. He said he wanted to become either a criminal defender or a personal injury attorney.

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