Law graduates, Ms Courtney Kantor and Ms Lervashni Padayachee are proof that hard work pays off.
For Kantor, graduating summa cum laude and the opportunity to clerk for Justice Malcom Wallis at the Supreme Court of Appeal have been the highlights of her academic journey.
‘There were four of us clerking. We worked hand in hand with Justice Wallis on current appeals and even made our way to Bloemfontein to spend a few days at the court. This was life changing for me as it transformed what had only been dreams into something tangible. I promised myself then and there in his court that I would be back one day as an advocate,’ she said.
Kantor is pleased that her achievement has made her family proud.
‘My single mother was my rock through my years of school and university, checking my homework every night when I was in school and dealing with my anxiety during university. My three older brothers have also been huge supporters, always cheering me on from the side lines. My father supported me financially through all my years of schooling and is very proud to have another lawyer in the Kantor clan,’ she said.
Padayachee’s outstanding academic record earned her various awards throughout her degree. She received the Attorney’s Fidelity Fund Bursary for 2018 and 2019 and the UKZN Scholarship Award since 2016.
‘Studying Law has deepened my understanding and experience of areas that interest me, such as the protection of fundamental human rights and upholding justice. It is a worthwhile qualification as it offers a wide variety of career opportunities,’ she said.
Padayachee adds that clerking for Justice Malcom Wallis at the Supreme Court of Appeal, being a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and mentoring in the Students for Law and Social Justice mentorship programme were highlights of her studies.
‘I would like to further my studies. My degree has helped me to secure a job in a law firm, within which I hope to grow and one day become a partner. I’m grateful to my family for their constant love and support as it’s through their many sacrifices that I was able to achieve this success,’ she said.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo