LLB ‘First Step to Successful Careers’ for Summa Cum Laude Graduates
Top Law student achievers, Ms Bronwen Cox, Ms Diann Bishunanth, Ms Lavanya Pillay, Ms Angelique Barroso, Ms Simone Gray and Ms Priyanka Naidoo are excited about the doors their academic excellence will unlock for them.
They all graduated with summa cum laude LLB degrees from UKZN.
For Cox, her degree has earned her a position at the law firm, Webber Wentzel in Johannesburg.
‘I must admit I did not ever foresee myself studying law but I am certain that I made the correct choice,’ said Cox. ‘I started studying for a Bachelor of Business Science but after doing a Commercial Law module in first year, I decided to change degrees and study for an LLB instead.
‘My short term plans include working for a big corporate law firm or alternatively a big corporate business, preferably in competition law. In 10 years’ time it is my ultimate goal to own a Mugg and Bean franchise,’ she said.
Pillay can boast of a host of achievements, including participating in the Kovsies First Year Moot Court competition and getting the opportunity to argue in the Supreme Court of Appeal and representing UKZN at the African Human Rights Moot Court competition in Zambia during her final year. Now armed with her LLB qualification, she is looking forward to bigger and better things.
‘I really enjoyed studying for my LLB and think it is a worthwhile qualification because it opens doors to a wide variety of careers and opportunities. It gives students invaluable knowledge about the world, which many people do not get the opportunity to learn about. I am currently working as a Candidate Attorney at Webber Wentzel in Johannesburg. After completing my articles, I plan to be admitted as an Attorney and hopefully study towards a master’s degree,’ she said.
Barroso is preparing for her board exams and looking forward to a successful career in the maritime law field.
‘I recently commenced articles at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Inc. in the Shipping and Logistics Department and have applied to start ICS shipping courses. I am fascinated with ships and the maritime industry. I hope to start my Masters in Maritime Law next year.’
Winning the 2015 Ellie Newman Moot Court Competition was a great way for Naidoo to complete her undergraduate career and she is now looking forward to more outstanding achievements.
‘The experience made me realise how much I enjoyed using the law to create arguments to convince the judges that my client ought to win. I am currently pursuing a Masters in International Criminal Law and hope to be admitted to the Bar one day. Until then, I hope to sharpen my legal skills and enjoy getting as much exposure as I can in the legal world,’ said Naidoo.
For Bishunanth receiving the Vice-Chancellor's scholarship in her second year and having it renewed for the rest of her degree, serving as a clerk in a programme facilitated by Judge Malcom Wallis at the Law School and getting an opportunity to tutor have made her academic journey even more special.
‘My best memories at Law school are the events that mark my successes. Tutoring the first years was a memorable experience, it was great to share my experiences and help them to shape their goals for the future. After completing my articles I hope to progress to associate. For the future, I hope to study further and perhaps experience a different profession,’ she said.