My initial motivation for pursuing a career in law was simply that at school I liked subjects such as English and History and people suggested to me that these subjects might have transferable skills for a career in law, so I decided to study law at university and really enjoyed it.
Diversity in the Law
The main motivating factor for me going into law was that I wanted to have a tangible impact on African development specifically. I was strongly influenced by the fact that I was born in Zambia and I grew up there during my formative years so I was always fascinated by how it strived to develop as a nation.
I knew that because I am Black it will be harder for me, that goes without saying. I can’t speak for all ethnic minorities, but specifically for Black people themes include the negative stereotypes surrounding what is expected of you and people’s beliefs as to what a ‘lawyer’ is supposed to look like.
For me, it was a case of trying to choose a profession. I was fortunate to be at a good school, and went back and forth between medicine and law. I chose a lot of the sciences at A-levels in case I decided that I wanted to go on to study medicine, but law seemed to be the most interesting from an academic perspective.
I can’t say I was inspired to get into the law by a deep routed sense of what is right and wrong. I sort of fell into the law almost by accident. When finishing my A Levels I had to pursue a more business oriented course but ended up in law. When I began to understand the different principles in commercial law it piqued my interest.