LLB Qualification Inspires Cum Laude Graduates to Strive for Success
They were Ms Yasmine Allen, Ms Zahra Omar, Ms Aideen Ross, Ms Felicia Christian, Ms Beatrice Moyo, Ms Karen Pillay, Ms Edith Makavanga and Ms Revonia Somaya, who all aim to use their LLB qualification to unlock their potential.
For Allen, law was a fitting career for her future plans.
‘My decision to study law was a mix of factors. I have always had a deep love for knowledge, and family friends who are lawyers always seemed to be so well read and versed on every issue, that becoming a lawyer seemed to be the appropriate avenue to gain access to all of the knowledge I had seen them demonstrate over the years. My plan is to do a job that I love - which is definitely law and I also I own a small gel nail business, Goodluck Nails in Cape Town, which I operate on a part-time basis,’ she said.
Being on the Dean’s merit list for the academic years of 2012 and 2015 was an indication that Omar was on the path to a successful legal career.
‘I had a wonderful time studying for my LLB at UKZN, the atmosphere at campus was pleasant and I had a good set of friends motivating me to study and be the best I could be,’ said Omar. ‘I think an LLB is a worthwhile qualification to have due to the constant (media) attention given to our legal system as this helps one not only to know your rights as a member of this country it also enables you to enforce your rights or assist someone to enforce their rights via the correct channels,’ said Omar.
Representing UKZN at the Kovsie Family Law Moot and All African Human Rights Moot Court Competition in his first and final year respectively were enriching experiences on Ross’s rewarding academic journey.
‘These experiences gave me the opportunity to improve my research and writing skills and gave me the confidence to argue in a court setting,’ said Ross. ‘I also really appreciated the opportunity to travel and meet students from other universities and other countries. I plan to become an attorney and then later to become an advocate. Eventually, I think I’ll end up in academia - I really enjoy teaching and I enjoy engaging with the law on a substantive level,’ said Ross.
For Pillay, the qualification is a gateway to endless possibilities.
‘I chose to pursue an LLB as it was the only viable choice I could make at the time and it turned out to be the best decision I could have made,’ said Pillay. ‘I enjoyed the variety of modules available and that I could study at my own pace as well as the fact that assistance was readily available should I have required it. An LLB is a versatile degree that allows one to pursue a career in a variety of fields,’ she said.
Having a politician for a father who exposed her to judges and lawyers from the Zimbabwean High Court fuelled Moyo’s passion for law. With her father passing away before her graduation makes the achievement bittersweet.
‘During my final year of high school, my father introduced me to several of his acquaintances in a number of different professions. Unfortunately in December 2012 my father, the sole sponsor of my studies, had a fatal heart attack after I had just completed my first year. My mother had passed away a few years prior leaving my father as a single parent and now he too was gone. I was utterly devastated and faced the uncertainty that my university studies would be cut short,’ said Moyo.
‘As God would have it, I was awarded a scholarship for my second year studies as a result of having passed my first year well. With a renewed attitude of determination and in an effort to make my father, who valued education more than anything, proud I worked even harder in my studies. I believe that if my father were still alive today he would be truly proud of what I have achieved,’ she said.
For Makavanga her legal career has already taken off as she is currently employed as a legal intern at Antonio and Dzvetero Legal Practitioners in Harare.
‘The internship can be converted to what would be referred to as serving articles in the South African setting. I aim to complete my conversion and board exams and to be a fully registered attorney by the end of this year. In the next 10 years I hope to be one of Zimbabwe's top advocates, both practically and ethically,’ said Makavanga.
For Christian an LLB is the gateway to achieving her career ambitions.
I am currently doing my articles at Shepstone & Wylie in Umhlanga. I am getting great litigation experience. I plan on practicing as an attorney for a few years and learn as much as I can and possibly then pursue being and Advocate,’ she said.