I decided to go to law school at the University of Houston because it was affordable, I wanted to go away for school, and the National College of District Attorneys was housed there, which I thought would give me a leg up on becoming a DA. But law school turned out to be three years of hell. It was hard work, and it was serious. It was not a time for fooling around. Dean Newell Blakely was my criminal law professor, and he became my nemesis: The man scared me more than any other human being on the planet. But the funniest part was that I was always so broke. My best friend and I were so poor that we would often have to eat at McDonald’s. I remember going through the drive-through in this old car she had, a little Ford Granada. We had managed to scrape together just enough money to buy two hamburgers; that was all we could afford. The lady asked us if we wanted to get fries as well. We laughed and said, “We would, but we don’t have enough cash.” So all we got were the two burgers and some water.

Star Jones was raised in Trenton, New Jersey, and attended the University of Houston School of Law from 1983 to 1986. A former prosecutor, she has worked as a legal correspondent for NBC News and as the chief legal analyst for Inside Edition. She is currently a co-host of the ABC daytime talk show The View.