How to start a Law firm before you turn 30

Written by on 08/10/2020

Born and raised in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Sinenhlanhla Passcara Mthembu always dreamed of a career in medicine. After coming to the realisation that she did not enjoy Maths, Passcara wasn’t sure what career path to follow. It was not until her mother suggested that she should shadow a Magistrate as part of her Life Orientation classes, that Passcara realised that not only did she have a passion for Law but also for helping people.

She made the decision to focus her efforts on pursuing Law, on the path to building her now successful career; Psscara was met with some rejections and minor setbacks. She was eventually able to get her foot in the door in 2018 and then finally admitted as a legal practitioner in 2019. Not long after , she identified the limitations that came with working for others, even though she was a qualified Lawyer she was on an Intern salary with very limited opportunities to progress her career further.

It was then, at the tender age of 25 she decided to take a leap of faith and start her own firm, after months of saving what she could from her salary and moonlighting as a Make-up artist and Decorator and some minor help from family she was able to start her own Law firm; Passcara & Partners inc. Her practice deals with a wide range of cases with a special emphasis on family and injury cases.

Passcara serves as an inspiration to young black women not only in South Africa but across the world, as with sheer determination she has been able to achieve an uncommon feat.


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