At the relatively young age of 25, UKZN graduate Mr Nhlakanipho Jobe is not only an admitted attorney of the High Court but is also running his own law firm!
‘After a long two years of articles at a leading law firm Garlicke & Bousfield and passing all four board exams, I was admitted as an attorney and within a few weeks I started my own law firm,’ said Jobe. ‘I was proud to achieve such milestones one after the other – my plan now is to grow my law firm in leaps and bounds!’
Jobe set his sights on becoming a lawyer when he was still at school where he took part in a variety of debating, writing and public speaking competitions as part of background preparations for studying law at UKZN.
He said he had been very aware he would have to compete for a place at the University with thousands of other applicants.
‘I knew from an early age that I would follow a career in law because of my eloquence, affirmativeness and writing skills. UKZN’s Law School has a rich history of academic excellence and I wanted to be part of it.
‘From the thousands of first-year applications the University received in 2016, I was lucky to be accepted. University shapes one’s character – it can make or break you – and I believe it is not about how many times you have fallen, but rather how many times you have stood up after every fall,’ said Jobe.
His university experience had been one of holistic growth, professional networking and lifelong friendships.
‘I always tell my mentees that apart from academics, university serves as an important source of networking and life skills in general. My university experience at UKZN was one of the best in my life. I met extraordinarily talented and intelligent lecturers who are now my friends as well as very understanding and kind strangers who I now consider my brothers and sisters. ‘
Jobe has no plans of slowing down – he hopes to pursue a Master’s degree(LLM) in Constitutional Litigation or Human Rights and Advocacy Litigation next year as well as lecturing law students and then ultimately joining the Bar as an advocate.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo