Those who follow Jill Duggar noticed Jill’s taken a severe step away from her famous parents — and it’s her husband, Derick Dillard, who’s been speaking out for her. According to Derick, Jill and her father, Jim Bob Duggar, do not get along. And Jill seems to be excluded from a variety of Duggar household events.
Derick’s in law school, too, and he’s been going for his degree for a few years now. He just explained to a Twitter fan why he wants to pursue law, and it seems it may have something to do with Jill.
Derick Dillard is in his final year of law school
While many of Jim Bob and Michelle’s sons pursue jobs within the family business and ditch school, Derick’s not going that route. He’s attended law school for years. And he made the announcement he’d be pursuing his degree at the University of Arkansas School of Law after he and Jill were kicked off of Counting On for Derick’s inflammatory anti-trans tweets.
“We are excited to announce our future plans!” Jill and Derick wrote on their Dillard Family website back in 2018. “We will be remaining stateside for now as Derick is beginning law school at the University of Arkansas. We look forward to seeing how God will continue to direct our family in this new chapter of life!”
Now, Derick’s entering his final year of law school just as his son, Israel, enters his first year of kindergarten. “Today was a special day — my son’s 1st day of kindergarten and my 22nd (and last) first day of school,” Derick captioned his Instagram post on Aug. 24.
Derick continues to defend Jill Duggar as she separates herself from the other Duggars
While Derick’s law degree used to be the talk of fans and critics alike, it’s Derick’s involvement in the alleged Duggar family feud that’s causing a stir now. At the end of 2019, Derick took to his Instagram to tell his followers that he and Jill rarely see her side of the family. And it’s all because of Jim Bob.
Since then, Derick has come forward via Instagram and other publications to speak his truth about Jim Bob. Derick claimed Jim Bob told the Duggars who participate in Counting On that the show was on a volunteer basis and they weren’t getting any money from it. And Derick also claimed that Jim Bob is the one who decides who comes and goes from the family home, which is why Jill needs special permission to see her parents and siblings at the big house.
Jill hasn’t said anything about the alleged feud. But considering Derick continues talking about what’s going down, it seems it might be legitimate, as she hasn’t stopped him.
He told a Twitter follower why he’s getting his degree in law
Now that Derick is nearly finished with his law degree, fans are wondering what his plans are afterward. When a Twitter user asked what he plans to do with it, he tweeted back, “Help people who are taken advantage of, among other things.”
Duggar family critics noted this as well — and they think Derick plans on helping Jill more than ever.
“Would Derick actually sue JB/TLC or both? Like if he did, Jill would definitely be shunned,” one Reddit user questioned.
“Yes I think Derick and Jill should get what they’re owed from the show and I’d love for him to sue JB, but no way I believe he’s looking out for anyone else,” another mentioned.
Others think Derick won’t use his law degree for anything to do with the Duggars, though.
“I doubt he has any real basis for suing JB, unless he has some kind of breach of contract claim, which i think is unlikely,” another commented. “There could always be something we don’t know about but i don’t see any solid basis from what’s been aired in public and discussed here.”
We’ll have to wait and see what happens when Derick finishes his final year of law school. In any case, he and Jill are definitely proud of how far they’ve come — and we’re looking forward to seeing more from the couple.
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