A South African Lawyer Begins to Run Her Own Law Firm at Age 25

Becoming a lawyer is no simple task, and thousands of determined students labor relentlessly throughout the world to win admission to a good legal degree. Not only did one South African woman graduate from law school, but she also used her education to create her own law firm before the age of 30.

Sne Mthembu founded and directed her own law business, Passcara and Partners Inc., in Durban, South Africa, when she was 25 years old. Her practice focuses on family and personal injury litigation, among other things.

“I took it as a challenge upon myself to do it. I then decided that no matter what people say I’m going to do this,” she told Power FM. “It was difficult from the point where I started my degree to where I am now. I don’t regret anything.”

She’s confident with her new venture despite the challenges that lie ahead of her. “What is hard in our field is marketing yourself. There is a thin line between marketing and touting. Touting is like when you are asking or begging for clients,” she said. “It makes it hard to market because you don’t want to cross that thin line that the [legal] council has put for us.”

She recently announced herself as the founder and director of the company on Twitter, a big accomplishment. She wrote, “I am to Inspire. If I did it then so can you!!!”

“Allow me to Introduce myself. My name is Sinenhlanhla Passcara Mthembu and I am the Founder and Director of Passcara and Partners Incorporated. I am a 25-year-old and the owner of this Law Firm.

I am to Inspire. If I did it then so can you!!! #GirlsTalkZA”

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