“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” — Franklin D Roosevelt

Lemont Shondlani


Legal Services

Organisation / Company

DLA Piper


Lemont Shondlani, 22, is a candidate attorney at the international law firm DLA Piper. His practice areas encompass telecommunications, media, technology and broad-based black economic empowerment. Lemont’s work involves ensuring companies comply with South African laws and regulations. To achieve this, his daily tasks include drafting legal documents for ongoing procedures, reviewing agreements and conducting legal research to provide informed advice. Lemont’s work extends to assisting both domestic and international matters. He is also involved in corporate transactions that intersect with his practice areas, which involves drafting legal documents and conducting due diligence on companies. Lemont, who gained his Bachelor of Laws in 2023, says he was motivated to achieve academically by the realisation that many young people cannot, for various reasons, attend higher education institutions. He says his accomplishments have reinforced his belief in the power of hard work, resilience and passion. Lemont adds that the achievements of his role model, advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC, who has written a number of books and has been involved in landmark cases, have also motivated him to push for success in the legal profession.


Bachelor of Laws, University of Johannesburg


I am most proud of my academic achievements during my university years, which have been pivotal in shaping my journey thus far. Achievements like being inducted into the Golden Key International honour society, the Ujenius Club which celebrates the top 1% of academic achievers, along with other awards for securing the highest marks in a module. These achievements not only opened doors to valuable opportunities such as bursaries and networking with esteemed individuals but also garnered attention from prestigious law firms seeking top talent. Reflecting on my academic achievements, I’ve learned that success is not merely about individual accolades but also about the journey of growth, perseverance and continuous learning. As I continue to chart my professional path, I carry with me the invaluable lessons learned from my academic achievements, fuelling my drive to have a meaningful effect in the legal profession.


I don’t have a mentor; however I look up to Tembeka Ngcukaitobi. His story reinforces the belief that with hard work and determination, one can achieve remarkable success in the legal profession.