Top law graduate urges pupils to consider UKZN for their legal studies
A former law student has urged young South Africans interested in law to think seriously about pursuing their legal studies at UKZN where, she says, she received tuition from lecturers who were not only legal experts but always willing to help their students.
Ms Moshina Ismail, a second-year candidate attorney at Bowmans in Johannesburg, was recruited in 2017 during UKZN’s College of Law and Management Studies’ Law Professions Day. She started serving her articles of clerkship in Sandton last year.
mail graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 2019. ‘I am very appreciative of the fact that I was part of an environment that recognises excellence and invests in students at an early stage,’ she said.
‘I am a proud alumnus of the university and would encourage students to consider it for their legal studies. The lecturers are experts in their respective fields, widely known and respected, and always willing to assist and give the necessary guidance and support needed to achieve the best possible results,’ she said.
She went on to say that the university has lived up to its academic reputation. At UKZN she found opportunities for personal growth and development as well as being challenged academically.
While still a student, Ismail was featured in Without Prejudice, the premier South African law magazine, in an article recognising her achievements. During her studies, she received an invitation to be a member of the Golden Key Society, and was awarded the Dean’s Commendation in three semesters and merit certificates in eight modules. In 2016 she received the award for Best Student in Criminal Law.
We caught up with Ismail in March at this year’s Law Professions Day as she was representing Bowmans to recruit more UKZN students like herself to the programme. ‘Being back at UKZN to recruit graduates is a full-circle moment in my life. I felt proud of being able to come back and witness the enthusiasm of the current students. It was also a good feeling being on the other side of the table advising students about their legal opportunities,’ said Ismail.