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Embarking on the path to becoming a lawyer is no small feat, and for one inspiring law student, the journey was both challenging and rewarding. Graduating from the University of Guyana is an achievement that marks the culmination of years of dedication, perseverance, and the pursuit of justice. In this article, we will delve into the story of a remarkable law student, Capreace Walks, who has successfully graduated from this prestigious institution, highlighting her experiences, aspirations, and the impact she aims to make in the world of law.
Capreace’s journey began with a deep passion for justice and the rule of law. Hailing from Region Three, she was inspired by stories of great lawyers and leaders who had made significant contributions to society. The desire to make a difference and advocate for those without a voice fueled her determination to pursue legal education. Her journey is not just a personal achievement but a beacon of hope for others aspiring to make a difference in the world through the pursuit of justice.
“In all honesty, it has always been a dream of mine to pursue a degree in law. It wasn’t like I woke up one morning and decided that I wanted to be a lawyer.
Since I started attending Genesis Early Childhood Education Centre, I’ve known that it was a dream of mine,” Capreace told this publication. She loved public speaking, and as such she always involved herself in dramatic poetry competitions.
When she started Zeeburg Secondary School, one of her teachers mentored and nurtured that talent, as she would push Walks to participate in debating competitions, among other things. As such, public speaking and advocacy became her niche. After Zeeburg Secondary, she went on to pursue an associate degree in law at CAPE at the Bishops’ High.
As with any worthwhile pursuit, her university journey was fraught with challenges. “My journey at the University of Guyana was somewhat of a challenge. I began in 2020 when Covid hit so it was fairly difficult to cope with the online learning,” she said.
When she started the law programme, imposter syndrome made her feel like she didn’t belong there. “I felt like everyone in my class was so much smarter than me and I should withdraw from the course. I remember telling my mom that she shouldn’t pay my tuition because I wasn’t going to stay the full three years because it was too difficult and I couldn’t manage. However, a simple prayer kept me going and I’m glad I stayed,” Walks told this publication.
Further, she added, “We often hear the term “law is a jealous mistress”. I thought it was just a saying but I experienced it first hand. It was difficult managing school and my social life. Sometimes I wanted to give up because I felt like I couldn’t handle the pressure that came with studying law, but God kept me going.”
“To anyone who wants to pursue law, my advice is that it isn’t a walk in the park. Spend lots of time reading and doing your tutorials. It’ll pay off in the long run,” is Capreace’s advice to youths,
She is eternally grateful to God, her family, and friends who have been her support system throughout her LLB journey, as she couldn’t have done it without them.
Capreace also mentioned that she is working hard because she has a little sister and she wants to be a good role model. She also dedicated this achievement to her father who didn’t have the opportunity to attend Secondary school but stopped at nothing to ensure that she and her sister get nothing but the best.
Capreace is currently a student at Hugh Wooding Law School and aims to become a family lawyer.
However, one thing is clear – our graduate is not just looking to build a successful career but to make a positive impact on society. She is driven by a commitment to justice, a desire to help those in need, and a vision of a more equitable and fair world.