Musician Turns To Law As A Career

Poor eyesight fails to stop her from becoming a lawyer   She won the hearts of many with her voice when she participated in the 2011 Make it Count (MIC)
22 Feb 2018 11:00
Musician Turns To Law As A Career
Laisa Ledua Bulatale following her admission as a Legal Practitioner by Chief Justice Anthony Gates on February 21, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Poor eyesight fails to stop her from becoming a lawyer


She won the hearts of many with her voice when she participated in the 2011 Make it Count (MIC) show.

Yesterday, 27-year-old Laisa Ledua Bulatale became a fully-fledged lawyer when she was admitted to the bar before Chief Justice Anthony Gates.

A passionate musician, Ms Bulatale, spent two years after high school pursuing a career in music at the Fiji National University (FNU). However, when that did not eventuate she turned to Plan B – law.

At the time, FNU did not have a degree programme for music so two years down the line her parents said, “Well I think you need to switch to something more academic,” and so she chose law.

“I took part in the MIC show and I did a lot of gigs, singing in hotels and even Down Under nightclub,” Ms Bulatale said.

“My parents have always told me that I was destined to do law because my initials are LLB so from a young age I have always had that at the back of my mind.”

She acknowledged her parents’ unwavering support in her studies as they singlehandedly paid for her law degree with income her dad earned as an accountant with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and mum’s teaching job in the Marshall Islands.

“My parents were very supportive and I was a private student all throughout but for my six months Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (PDLP) course I was sponsored by Tertiary Education and Loans Scheme (TELS),” she said.

“They have always instilled the belief that I can be anything that I want to be through hard work and to never use my disability as an excuse.”

A significant barrier she faced while studying was her poor eyesight developed as a result of her condition as a person living with albinism.

“My vision has not always been 100 per cent and I need the fonts to be enlarged so I am very grateful to the school of law and the university because they have a disability resource centre that provided support for students with disabilities who were accessing tertiary education. That made my work a lot easier.”

When asked if socialising with peers was an issue for her while studying, she revealed that she had always been in the mainstream education system from a young age which made it easier for her to adapt.

Ms Bulatale, who has an interest in advocating for human rights, gender, disability and governance, encouraged people to always have a backup plan and not to let disabilities get in the way of their dreams.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar


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