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Baulevu Lad Pursues Master Of Laws In India

Mr Kumar currently works at Jiten Reddy Lawyers and is also pursuing his Masters of Law remotely at Pondicherry University in India.
12 Apr 2021 11:25
Baulevu Lad Pursues Master Of Laws In India
Yogendra Kumar with his wife and the staff of the Indian High Commission on April 9, 2021.

Rejections are difficult to deal with if it involves something that you really want.

But when the Board of Legal Education rejected Yogendra Kumar’s first application to be admitted to the bar in 2017 as a fresh, new graduate he never lost hope.

Mr Kumar had graduated from North-Eastern Hill University in Shilong, India in 2017 after completing his five-year Bachelor of Arts in Law degree (BA/ LLB) (Honours).

He was awarded a scholarship to study in India in 2012 while he was employed as a Clerk at the Indian High Commission.

Upon his return, the Board directed him to take further courses in Fiji.

In 2018 he enrolled at the Fiji National University as a part time student to study constitutional and property law while working at the high commission to support himself.

Originally from Baulevu in Nausori, raised by his father who worked as a press operator and a stay at home mum, Mr Kumar had always set his sight at becoming the first lawyer in his family because of his outspoken and inquisitive nature.

While he faced a lot of challenges during his studies abroad and locally, he never lost sight of his dream.

“It took me three years to complete three units at FNU because I was studying part time and working to pay for my tuition. In 2020 when I graduated I resigned from my job and enrolled at University of Fiji to do my Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP),” Mr Kumar said.

“While studying in India, taking up five units per semester in a different country and being the only Fijian in my university was a bit difficult, we also had financial issues. There were a lot of struggles but I took things one day at a time until I finished.”

“You can achieve anything you set your mind to if you have the will, drive and discipline to achieve it.”

Mr Kumar currently works at Jiten Reddy Lawyers and is also pursuing his Master of Laws remotely at Pondicherry University in India.

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