Gauteng Law Graduate Wants to Obtain Master’s in United Kingdom: “You Must See Yourself as a Winner”

Gauteng Law Graduate Wants to Obtain Master’s in United Kingdom: “You Must See Yourself as a Winner”

  • A female law graduate in Soshanguve, Gauteng, has accomplished a great personal victory
  • The 27-year-old obtained her Honours degree in Law from the University of South Africa
  • Despite not being able to attend her graduation, Shamine Mahlaela tells Briefly News that she is thrilled about the win and wants to pursue a master’s degree abroad

A young woman in Soshanguve, Gauteng is excited about having obtained her Honours degree in Law from the University of South Africa.

A lady in Gauteng who obtained a law degree and wants to bag her master's
Shamine Mahlaela in Gauteng has an honours degree in law. Image: Supplied.
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While Shamine Mahlaela was sadly unable to attend her graduation due to financial reasons, fetching her degree was still a proud moment for her, and she posted about on LinkedIn.

Talking to Briefly News, the legal eagle shares her plans and notes how overjoyed she is about the win.

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The law graduate faced challenges

Shamine explains that her journey was fraught with difficulty, especially because of financial reasons, with second-hand books and eBooks the main academic material she relied on during her studies:

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“I was a NSFAS beneficiary. However, I struggled with purchasing textbooks, since law books are very expensive. I resorted to buying second-hand textbooks to try and minimise costs, but I could not afford to buy all and resorted to eBooks, which I had downloaded through telegram.
“It was a struggle because I preferred traditional ways of studying, hence I had hard copy materials instead of electronic books, but I had to adjust to eBooks in some instances due to financial shortages."

Furthermore, Shamine also had to borrow a laptop and tablet from a friend during her studies:

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“My laptop crashed and I lost my phone, which I used for telegram. I had to find a replacement. Thank God, a good friend of mine loaned me her tablet for a year so I could do my schoolwork. Eventually, I was able to purchase a new phone. I was using my mom's laptop from work to do my work. I never bought a new one. I am still working on [buying a new one]”

The Gauteng graduate wants to study more

The 27-year-old notes that she feels a sense of pride because of her accomplishment, and dreams of furthering her education overseas:

“Mindset is everything. You have to see yourself as a winner before you win otherwise you plan to lose.
“I feel a sense of pride. I was a distance-learning student at Unisa, and the journey required self-discipline, focus, and a willingness to form acquaintances. With that being said, it's good to know that I managed to come out victorious without attending a single lecture in my years of studying.”

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The inspiring woman also works as a makeup artist to make money as she tries to obtain a legal clerkship:

“I want to pursue a Master of Laws in the United Kingdom and live there, either permanently, or for a few years.
“But for now, I want exposure to different fields of law, just to gain working experience. Having to serve articles of clerkship at a law firm would be a good start, but that's not the dream.
“My biggest desire is not to open a law firm but to be a parliamentary legal advisor. I want to draft and certify bills in the legislature of private members.”

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Briefly News wrote a related story about a young woman from Johannesburg who graduated as a lawyer from the University of the Witwatersrand and was excited about eventually becoming a high court attorney.

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The sis shared the momentous occasion on LinkedIn and explained that although the journey was tough, it was certainly worthwhile.

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Source: Briefly News

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