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Sharmas Make Sacrifices To Have First Lawyer In Family

  The 26-year-old graduate stood beside her parents all smiles and proud that she was the first lawyer in her family Despite being financially limited the Shar­ma family still persevered
18 Jan 2019 10:00
Sharmas Make Sacrifices To Have First Lawyer In Family
From left (front), Aruna Sharma, proud mother Reena Kumar, Amrita Sharma, Atma Sharma (father), and Ashneeta Sharma with Atil Sharma brother (back), after the admission ceremony for newly-admitted legal practitioners at the High Court in Suva on January 17, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

 

The 26-year-old graduate stood beside her parents all smiles and proud that she was the first lawyer in her family

Despite being financially limited the Shar­ma family still persevered so that their daughter, Amrita, could pursue her legal studies.

Yesterday, Amrita Sharma was one of the 22 legal practitioners who were admitted to the bar during a ceremony at the High Court in Suva yesterday.

Her father runs a trucking business and her mother does domestic duties. The 26-year-old graduate stood beside her parents all smiles and proud that she was the first lawyer in her family.

“My father, Atma Ram Sharma, inspired and motivated me to always pursue my dreams,” she said.

“Ever since I was young, he encouraged my sib­lings and I to study and work because we were not from a wealthy background. When I decided to pursue law, my father was always there to provide financial and moral support.”

Ms Sharma started her law studies in 2013; then, there were no provisions such as the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS). She is currently practicing at O’Driscoll and Company.

“The major challenge I faced while studying was balancing my work and studies,” said the lawyer.

“However, I am thankful for my boss Gavin O’Driscoll who supported me and made provi­sions to accommodate my studies.

“He has taught and provided guidance when I started working at his law firm as I did not know anything in the beginning.

“My message to other budding lawyers is to study and work hard to pursue your dream. At the end of the day, you will reach where God has planned.”

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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