Law Professions Day has been Keeping Students Informed for 10 yearsGeneral

Law students engaging with their prospective employers during Law Professions Day.Law students engaging with their prospective employers during Law Professions Day.

Law students in Pietermaritzburg and Durban turned up in their numbers to benefit from information supplied by prospective employers at the annual Law Professions Day.

The annual event, hosted by the School of Law in Pietermaritzburg on 8 March and in Durban on 9 March, celebrated its 10th year anniversary this year and was bigger and better than ever before. Among the participants were some of South Africa’s leading law firms including Adams & Adams, Baker McKenzie, ENS and Bowmans as well as non-profit organisations such as Legal Aid and ProBono.

Addressing the gathering at Pietermaritzburg, the Academic Leader, Professor Warren Freedman, highlighted that while the Law School is largely responsible for academic aspects of legal education, it also has a role to play in the practical aspects and one of the ways in which it fulfils this role is by helping students enter the legal profession through events such as Law Professions Day.

In her opening address in Durban, the Acting Dean and Head of School, Professor Lienne Steyn, said that the School is proud of this long standing tradition as merging academic and the practical aspects of legal education is a priority.

Taking full advantage of the information-gathering opportunity, students carefully read the information pamphlets handed out by the law firms while listening to briefings as they stopped at each stand.  Some even used the opportunity to apply for jobs at the legal firms by submitting their CVs to the recruiters.

‘Law Professions Day is very insightful because, instead of us relying on research we do on our own to get information, we have the firms coming to us and we ask these questions face to face to become informed about our options,’ said third-year student Mr Nitai Govender.

Fellow third-year student Ms Zesizwe Biyela added that planning ahead is a priority for her hence getting to be informed of the options available to her is very helpful. ‘Serving articles is crucial for Law graduates hence getting the chance to hear from these top firms and giving them my details is great because it gives me ample time to pick and choose when it comes to my future prospects,’ she said.

Thandiwe Jumo