Essington Mom of 6 Graduates Villanova Law School in a Pandemic

David Bjorkgren

A mother of six from Essington overcame multiple challenges, graduating in May from Villanova Law School, writes Katherine Scott for

“My husband and I always say we have our own party in our home, so there’s never a dull moment,” laughed Liliane Cooper.

There’s a 17-year-old daughter and five sons, ages 16, 13, 11, 8, and 5.

She and husband Henry struggled like every other parent during the pandemic. But she also had to do her own virtual studies at the same time.

The parents juggled schedules, outings and sought outside help to make it work.

“Exam time, trying to figure out how I’m going to sit for three hours without interruption. During class time, making sure no one is crawling in between my legs so I can pay attention to the lectures,” said Liliane with a smile.

Husband Henry said the family rallied behind her.

Liliane was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She’s the daughter of an ambassador, ending up in Washington, D.C. at age 15.

She came to Philadelphia as an undergrad at Drexel University.

Her next step: Passing the bar exam.

Read more at 6  about this Essington mom of six’s graduation from Villanova Law School during the pandemic.