Students Attend Law Internship Course

Law Internship Course
From left: Ms Owethu Mthethwa, Ms Siphelele Ncanana, Ms Xolile Ntombela, and Ms Mbalentle Mofokeng.

UKZN third- and fourth-year Law students attended a joint internship programme hosted by Barkers Law firm in association with the Black Lawyers Association (BLA).

The programme, held biannually for over a decade, aims to give students practical working experience in a legal firm and an insight into how legal practice works.

It takes place over three days and involves the participation of candidates who are members of the BLA. All the attorneys at the firm engage with the students for at least an hour and take them along to any court appearances and client consultations.

The four students; Ms Mbalentle Mofokeng, Ms Xolile Ntombela, Ms Siphelele Ncanane and Ms Owethu Mthethwa attended lecture classes with different Barkers’ attorneys who explained their areas of specialisation. They learned about the various stages of a civil lawsuit, including pleadings, discovery, trial preparation and appeals.

The students were provided with valuable insight into family law, learning about the intricacies of legal matters involving families, and gaining an appreciation for the sensitivity and empathy required when dealing with issues such as divorce, child custody and spousal support.

Additionally, they attended lectures on conveyancing, which provided them with a comprehensive understanding of the legal procedures involved in transferring property ownership.

Commenting on this initiative, Mr Lwazi Makube, Media and Publicity Officer at BLA, said: ‘The vision of the Black Lawyers Association is to help Law students reach their full potential and achieve goals in the legal profession. And with the Barkers internship we do just that.’

The four students were very thankful for the opportunity and said they were excited about the journey ahead.

‘I gained valuable knowledge about professionalism, attention to detail, and the intricacies of agreements, civil litigation, family law cases, and property ownership changes. The experience was rewarding, and I am grateful for the invaluable skills and mentorship I received,’ said Ncanana.

‘The programme provided me with the opportunity to interact with legal professionals, while I was exposed to various practice areas within their firm. This helped me understand different areas of law and determine which area I am most interested in,’ said Ntombela.

‘My biggest takeaway from the programme was that the law is vast and wide,’ said Mthethwa. ‘There are many fields of law and many career opportunities that one can choose from. I am very grateful to Barkers attorneys, and the BLA for always providing us with these congenial opportunities.’

‘The programme provided us with a comprehensive overview of the firm’s structure and also insights into securing articles and enriching our understanding of the legal profession. This multifaceted experience not only provided valuable insights but also kindled a genuine passion for my chosen degree,’ said Mofokeng.

Words: Lungile Ngubelanga

Photograph: Supplied

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