Annual Law Professions Days were well supported on both the Pietermaritzburg and Howard College campuses by students who turned out in force to take full advantage of interacting with representatives from some of the best law firms in South Africa.
In his opening address in Pietermaritzburg, School of Law academic Professor Mike Kidd said the School was honoured to have so many legal firms supporting its students.
The School’s LLB course was recently fully accredited by the Council for Higher Education (CHE).
The Law Professions days which celebrated its 10th year anniversary last year, were attended by non-profit organisations such as Legal Aid and ProBono, student organisations including the Black Lawyers Association and Students For Law and Social Justice (SLSJ), as well as big companies Baker and McKenzie, Standard Bank and Adams and Adams, among others.
Law firm MacRobert Attorneys, at the event for the first time, was looking to recruit top candidate attorneys. ‘We get a lot of applications from UKZN so it is necessary for us to be at the event and engage with students so they know what we require and in turn we inform them of opportunities available at our company,’ said a representative from the firm, Ms Chanelle Taljaard.
Students visited stalls reading pamphlets handed out by the law firms while listening to briefings. Some used the opportunity to apply for jobs.
‘Law Professions Day is very useful because without it, I would not have the opportunity to engage with law firms and be aware about closing dates for applications,’ said third-year student Mr Ethan Thorne.
First-year student Ms Sphiwokuhle Sibiya said she believes in planning ahead that is why she attended the event. For second year student Nabeel Hoosen finding out which opportunities are available in business law is what attracted him to the event.
‘There are so many areas of law and it is important for us as students to know what the areas we are interested in so that we are better prepared for the working world,’ he said.
Words and photograph: Thandiwe Jumo