summa cum laude.
Setting out to complete her LLB degree “as best as she could” has earned Ms Kimberley Sharp the title of top law student on the Howard College campus, a string of student awards, and the prestigious Cecil Renaud Scholarship which will see her jetting off to the London School of Economics in September to read for a Master of Law degree.
Sharp, who graduated summa cum laude, received the Shunmugam N Chetty Memorial Prize for best aggregates in Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure and Administrative Law; the Abel Torf Prize for the best overall LLB student; the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society Prize for the best final-year student; the Phatshoane Henney Group Honour Medals for graduating summa cum laude and a certificate for excelling in the 21st Africa Human Rights Moot Court Competition.
Sharp said she chose to pursue law owing to its versatility and because a career in the justice was a “noble” choice. Currently serving her articles at Webber Wentzel in Johannesburg, Sharp said she was excited to be back at UKZN for her Graduation ceremony where she was joined by her parents from Zambia and family members from London.
‘I am extremely proud to be graduating summa cum laude. From first year I knew that I wanted to do my LLB as best I could. To be top of my class is just a cherry on top,’ said Sharp.
She attributes her success to hard work and a supportive mother who has always inspired her to take control of her life. ‘My mother has always made me believe that I am the driving force in my life and that with knowledge comes power. Without her infinite strength and wisdom, I would never have been able to get back up on the horse as many times as I have in my life. She has always given the strength and inspired me to reach for the stars and never compromise my dreams, even when they look impossible to reach at times,’ said Sharp.
Sharp advised other law students to work hard, enjoy university life and never stop thinking about the next step in life and how you can better yourself.