12 March 2017
MAMA, I MADE IT!
5 years of study (multiple all-nighters)
39 University LLB exams
1 internationally published thesis
2 Degrees (BA LLB)
4 Board Exams
2 years of Articles of Clerkship
= One admitted Attorney of the High Court
It has been the wildest, craziest, scariest, soul searching, life changing ride but I cannot believe I am FINALLY an admitted Attorney of the High Court!!! It is an indescribable feeling having 7 years of hard work all culminate in one special moment on one very special day. Friday, 3 March 2017 will forever remain a day that signifies the end of a very arduous journey but the beginning of a very special career.
For those of you wanting to pursue a career in Law (don’t…just kidding!). It really is a wonderful and beautiful thing. It wonderfully and beautifully keeps one awake at night. Law has taught me so much about myself. It has pushed me to my very limits and tested me in all kinds of ways. Looking back on my time at UCT law campus, I have very fond memories of my lecturers and the friendships that were made there.
For those of you reading this thinking that law is something you want to do, I only have but one caution. You need to eat, sleep, breathe the law. The law degree (and later, Articles) will consume much of your time, and it really is something that needs to be high on your priority list. It definitely cannot be an after thought. Because…those readings ain’t gonna highlight themselves, and the case law ain’t gonna read itself. Law is an extremely difficult course, but one that is immensely rewarding at the same time.
So how did I get through my 5 years of law studies, followed by an even more challenging 2 years of Articles of Clerkship? One word: Perseverance. The law degree will obviously test your knowledge of the subject, and it will stretch your brain to places you never thought imaginable, but it will also force you to critically engage with your peers (and often your family too!). And then come your two years of mandatory Articles of Clerkship. I was fortunate enough to complete mine at Catto Neethling Wiid Inc (where I am now retained as an Associate). CNW is only the best Family Law firm in Cape Town. Okay, I may be a little biased here, but I really do think we’re pretty great. Articles will HUMBLE you, that’s for sure. It will test your patience, throw you in the deep end, and be an incredible test of your resilience and endurance. The things I had to do…well, we wont get into that now (haha!).
But that’s enough of a synopsis of the past 7 years. Admission day was awesome. And with it, came the obligatory photos on the steps outside of the “court-house”. These are the famous photos always taken after a Candidate Attorney has officially been admitted by two Judges of the High Court and joined the roll of admitted attorneys in the Western Cape.
This is the BIG MOMENT. I swear it was like a feeding frenzy trying to push and shove my way to the “High Court” sign to capture that iconic image. The actual admission all happens so quickly inside court, that the moments on the steps are really significant. Here we pose with loved ones, friends, our Directors and the Advocate you chose to admit you. I had the honour of having Advocate Tracey Dicker SC admit me, which was pretty cool because it’s not often that a Silk admits a candidate attorney.
Fashion side note: I also felt like a MILLION BUCKS in this gorgeous fitted shirt from Country Road and stunning pencil skirt from Woolworths. I had set a goal for myself that I would finally wear a shirt and pencil skirt on my Admission day, and here I was, doing just that. It was a big moment for me, not only for my career, but for my fitness journey too.
So after all the fun at court, we made our way back to my office for some tea with the Directors. My parents had an opportunity to meet all the staff at CNW and mingle over some tea and amazing cakes from Hmmm Bakery. Like seriously, their carrot cake is just totally out of this world amaaazing. Oh and in case you hadn’t figured it out, that Friday was one heck of a cheat meal day, because next up was an incredible lunch at Foxcroft restaurant. It is tradition at our firm that the newly admitted candidate attorneys have a celebratory lunch with the Directors of the firm and the Advocate that admits us. Foxcroft was the PERFECT venue for this. (I am going to be writing a special Foxcroft review, so please keep your eyes peeled for that one!)
This post would not be complete without a few thank you’s. So, to my parents who have supported me since day one and afforded me the opportunity to realize my dreams, I thank you for you generosity, your sacrifice and your unfailing love.
To my fellow legal friends who have walked this path by my side since day one, I celebrate you and all you have achieved.
To my outstanding mensch of a boyfriend, Dean, I love you with all my heart and feel incredibly blessed and grateful to have a man like you in my life, rooting for me every step of the way. You fill my life with such joy and I couldn’t have asked for a better partner throughout the toughest journey of my life.
And finally, cheers to this guy, Awonke Nontshinga (below), who has been the best wingman a gal could have asked for over these past two years of Articles! AND cheers to finally being REAL attorneys!!!
WORLD, WE’RE COMING FOR YOU!!
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