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80-year-old woman gets Law Degree

For the graduate, the situation of violence that the country is living is regrettable and will not change despite the many adjustments they make to the Accusatory Criminal System
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25/05/2017
12:38
Mexico City
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María Dolores Ballesteros stresses that she has nothing to say to young people who want to study a career in any subject. "One leads by the example" answers the woman who, being 80 years old, just graduated in Law from the Valley of Mexico University (UVM), San Angel campus.

She began her work as a nurse when she was 18, studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and worked at the National Institute of Cardiology and the Siglo XXI Medical Center. She migrated to the United States and was also in Canada, where she held her profession until she returned to Mexico.

“Lolita”, as her college mates at the UVM call her, is mother to four and grandmother to six.

For the graduate, the situation of violence that the country is living is regrettable and will not change despite the many adjustments they make to the Accusatory Criminal System. "Violence exceeds the time of response, laws are there, but their application is not correct, it's not efficient."

In an interview with EL UNIVERSAL, María Dolores says that the new criminal justice system is not well seen by all, but it is necessary. She also urges lawyers to change their criteria, to stick to the new system and to study and modify it in each case.

About the new degree she just received, Lolita noted that the civil, mercantile and criminal branches are interesting to her.

María Dolores thanks the UVM for not receiving preferential treatment but only the best attentions in her time as a student. "For me, it is a pleasure to have achieved this, but it does not fill me, I feel I need more," she concluded.

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