Thabang Pooe graduated from the North West University in 2011 where she obtained her LLB degree. Nthabi, as she is commonly known was extremely involved in student politics and served on the Student Representative Council. She was also involved and served in organisations such as the Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) and through her work for SLSJ she continued to work on projects aimed at equipping law students with the necessary skills to enter the legal profession; and on access to justice campaigns like the compulsory community service for law students campaign, student advice programme and research around legal education in South Africa.
She joined SECTION27 in January 2012 as part of a fellowship programme with SLSJ before working as a legal research assistant in 2013 focussing on cases related to the right to basic education, which includes work on sanitation in schools, provision of learner teacher support material in schools, school infrastructure and sexual violence in schools. Thabang clerked for Justice Madlanga in 2013-2014 before returning to SECTION27 as a legal researcher.