Educartis spoke to Cephas Doc, a Bachelor of Law graduate from Strathmore Law School. Cephas currently works as a Trainee Advocate at Omulele and Tollo Advocates. He shares about his experience at law school and his journey to becoming a lawyer.
Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
Growing up I observed that I was passionate about governance and human rights. My interest in this profession could be seen at a young age when I would advocate in front of my teachers on behalf of my class and for my siblings in front of my parents. I had also acquired a reading habit and was zealous about language, history and humanities. All these instances combined influenced my decision to study and practice law.
What is your favourite thing about your current role?
I really enjoy my work as a lawyer and I look forward to every day. Feeling pressure is inevitable but I have mastered the art of keeping calm in every situation and do my best work.
How did your education prepare you for your current career? In your experience, which employability skills are the most important for students to gain during their studies?
The long practised idea of group work in law school helped me to prepare for the work environment. And, particularly, law firms more often demand teamwork and cooperation.
Problem-solving skills are fast proving to be the key requirement for employment. It is not enough to just know the ins and outs of your field, but you must be able to transpose that knowledge into real-life situations and provide solutions in the shortest practicable time.
What did you most enjoy about your student experience at Strathmore University?
The quality of learning at Strathmore University is unmatched. We had very dedicated lecturers who embraced ‘a hands-on’ approach which in turn resulted in a learning environment that promoted self-expression. It is this freedom of expression that developed both my oratorical and critical thinking skills.
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What advice would you give to new students who are about to begin their higher education journey in Law?
I read a quote by Abraham Lincoln in my first year of law school which I’d like to share with the prospective students as it inspired me the most:
“If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already.”
You can find Cephas Doc on LinkedIn.
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