TRACKING OUR YOUNGEST AND BRIGHTEST: Nelson R. Mandela School of Law Graduates Make Big Strides in the Legal Profession

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Ms Lihle Bululu (Class of 2020) is a Law Researcher/Clerk to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng - Constitutional Court.

She is 23-years-old

Owing to her commitment to the democratic value of socio-economic justice and transformation which fuelled her insatiable interest and zest towards public interest law, Lihle attained a prestigious opportunity to serve as Law Researcher/Clerk to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, at the Constitutional Court.  She assumed her new role on 1 July 2021 and will serve until June 2022.

To further her knowledge and expertise, from 17 to 21  May 2021, she participated in an intensive programme on judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights in Africa hosted by the Centre on Human Rights at the  University of Pretoria.  Whilst a  student at UFH in 2019 and 2020,  she worked as a tutor for Criminal law and the Law of persons. In 2020 Lihle was awarded a bursary by a reputable law firm: Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc. (CDH) and also served as a facilitator at the UFH Centre for Transdisciplinary Studies.

In addition to her impressive academic track record, she was a member of the UFH Moot Court Society and participated in several moot court competitions. Worth mentioning, are two moot competitions in which she represented the institution: the 28th All Africa Moot Competition held in Botswana in 2019 and the 2020 Philip C. Jessup International Moot Competition (regional rounds) held in Sandton and reached semi-finals and Top 10 oralist rankings.

In 2019 Lihle worked as a vacation student at Adams & Adams attorneys in Pretoria and at Drake, Flemmer & Orsmond in East London. Representing UFH and South Africa,  she participated in the 5th Annual African Legal Ethics Training Programme hosted in 2020 by the African Centre on Law and Ethics. The programme inculcates and fosters the essence of fundamentals of ethics in the legal profession within the African continent.

According to Lihle, her success thus far is a result of failing but choosing to fail forward.