Time to save the Nigerian Law School

Published:10 Oct, 2012

The Nigerian law schol released its August 4th-10th 2012 examination result on the 20th of September, 2012. This result was slated for release on the 24th of September, 2012, being 4 days earlier before the official announced date.

The result has been rated as one of the poorest in the history of the Nigerian Law school, having over 6,000 registered students, and 1625 passed the bar part 2 examination. This result has given rise to an industry of complaints and agitations, on how the Nigerian Law school result is being marked, graded and computed. The agitation is premised on the fact that the Nigerian Law school has a standing rule, which was introduced, 5 months into the administration of the current Director General of the institution, Dr Tahir Mamman, which forcloses any form of redress a student may want to seek, whenever dissatisfied by the result of the examination of the institution. 
Reports have it that during the administration of the erstwhile DG ,Dr Kole Abayomi, an aggrieved student complained and the results were reviewed. This student eventually scored a 2’1 (second class upper) as his grade, paving way to over 140 students, whose results were also reviewed.

This policy of review came to an abrupt end, when the current DG assumed office. Within 5 months, he assumed office, he put and end to this policy, which also gave rise to corruption within the circle of the institution where manipulations and error happens from time to time, without any form of redress by the students. Information has it that clerical staffs alter results, for gratification, from some students who can afford the pay.

The issue of school fees is another challenge students and prospective students battle with. The school fees of the Nigerian Law school in the just concluded session was N245,000, exclusive of N15,000 form for the application form. The fees of the incoming student has been reviewed upward, to N280,000, and the application form goes for N20,000.

In terms of infrastructure, the Kano campus of the institution suffers the most, where students are constantly exposed to snake bites, scorpion stings, poor electricity, lack of portable water, accommodation, good and functioning library, incondusive lecture halls for learning, lack of adequate medical facilities, furniture, lightings, banking facilities and lately, Boko Haram activities. In Feburary this year, Boko Haram wrote the Kano campus an open letter and pasted it at the administrative building in Kano, in preparation of an imminent attack on the institution.
Among the staffs, the Council of Legal Education is seen as a rubber stamp of the Nigerian Law School. The Nigerian Law school is facing a downward move in fortunes. Something has to be done

* views expressed here are those of the author and do not in any way represent those of Omojuwa.com or its associates *

  • http://www.lacutehally.blogspot.com lacute hally

    My dear imagine my shock when this year’s lawschool results came out and my junior colleagues were all coming out mostly with a pass. Its shocking, its alarming. There is no year that the results are any better but my set was an exception though 2010/2011 because we had 14 1st class alot of 2.1s, so many 2.2s and then pass.
    Abuja camp is mostly the problem if you ask me. The only thing you get to enjoy in that camp is accomodation nothing more, the students do more of the readings while the lecturers teach less.
    However, lawschool administration cannot be blamed so wholly, a student going to lawschool should already have an understanding of what it entails, he should know that it all depends on him to pass no matter what, lawschool isnt an avenue for fun its mainly for reading and that should be your utmost priority when you are there. just like there are alot of failures there are also a lot of passes so what are we saying??? The contributory neglience on the part of the students also add to the massive failures produced yearly by lawschool. In asmuch as we are saying lawschool officials so go easy when marking considering the high fees students pay, students should also sit up and remember that the fees they paid wasnt plucked from the tree.

  • Abba kadila

    This is so true. I studied at kano campus in 2009-2010. During my stay we only had PHCN electricity for not more than 5 days. That’s 5 days in about 26 weeks. The school runs on generators. During lectures 9-2 and in d night 7-11. Accommodation is horrible, I had to share a small room with 3 others,and we had metal bunks,with worn out mattresses. The risk of getting snake or scorpion bites was high.My friend and I barely escaped one time when a snake came into our room. We passed NLS kano, but we really did suffer.

  • http://none. vivian

    l don’t blame the Administrator, the students didn’t do thir work. The students are to blame, if 1625 can pass the exams, it means it is not immpossible to pass.

  • tosin

    @vivian,I think u should write the law school exams before writing such a dumb comment. Yes,its possbile to pass,I did.but with that percentage,its a failure on the part of law school

  • http://none vivian

    @tosin,you don’t know what you ‘re talking about.how is it a failure on the part of the law school? Expalin. The duties of the lectures are to teach and for the students to study. lf the students fail to study,they plan to fail.l’m not even sure if you passed the Bar exams.students should learn to work harder, if they want to succeed.The Law schools are not to be blamed.Do you get it.

  • http://none vivian

    l don’t blame the Administrators at all, the students didn’t do their work. The students are to be blamed, if 1625 can pass the exams, it means it is not impossible to pass.

  • http://none vivian

    @tosin,you don’t know what you ‘re talking about.how is it a failure on the part of the law school? Explain. The duties of the lectures are to teach and for the students to study. lf the students fail to study,they plan to fail.l’m not even sure if you passed the Bar exams.students should learn to work harder, if they want to succeed.The Law schools are not to be blamed.Do you get it.

  • Izu

    For me the issue of corruption does not Reallly come to play here. The time allotted toanswer the questions was too small. Even fast writers could not finish any of the papers.the draftings were way to many especially in civil litigation.
    My advice “they that do know their GOD, shall be strong and do exploits” and i’m a living witness call 07035786703 to know how

  • It takes one to be a council 4 him 2 be competent 2 comment about law schl exam/result.

    Eze E. Eze

  • tosin

    @vivian,you r just very stupid and dumb at the same time,imagine the nonsense u r writing. You r the one who is a failure, bloody illiterate

  • Vivian

    @tosin,do not take it personal.its obvious,that you failed the Bar exams.l can see your frustration.Next time, study harder and you ‘ll pass. I repeat the law schools are not to be blamed.l blame it on law students.Hard work is the key to pass Bar exams. Much effort,much prosperity.Continuous Effort.

  • http://Www.lacutehally.blogspot.com Lacute

    Lmao! U guys can’t be serious! I thought we were talkin about law school? How did it become so personal and abusive? Tosin and Vivian u guys should tk it easy o. State ur opinions n respect the opinions of others. Whether we like it or not lawsch is a difficult place it takes both the students and the lecturers to play their parts for success to be achieved.

  • Sammy

    I wrote d exam in question n thank God I passed. I’m not sure if @Vivian did same but I must tell u, d result released did not reflect d exam. I can stand n state it anywhere that d so called “almighty bar finals” was not as difficult as many of the exams I sat for in d university. Its jst a shame that law skul found nothing wrong in releasing such results for students. If u studied in Kano campus where I was posted and you did your studies like there was no 2moro n wrote d exam comfortably n you get results like pass, conditional pass or even fail; then you’ll be as aggrieved as some folks are right now.

  • doreen ekekwe

    I enjoyed my lawschool experience from day one, I was in abuja campus 2003/2004 session.passing the bar finals once was by God’s grace and not just hard work only,and our lecturers were sound especially our company law lecturer,I look back at those days with nostalgia.

  • victor

    vivian, i’v thought over in my mind how to reply ur very childish, very immature, very irritating post without insulting u. Honestly, i found it hard. I dont knw wat course u did, but it’s obvious dat it’s not law. Certainly u havnt set foot into nigerian law sch. I’m not even sure u hav left d secondary sch bcos ur comment screams “ignorance”! Nobdy says d students should be passed wen theyv not worked hard. But wen u see students failed; students who burnt midnyt candels; and u open up ur mouth to utter such annoying words, u could get such reactions as u just got from tosin ( who, i must say, has every reason to be annoyed). Word of advice: next time u want to comment on an issue, try to learn all u can abt it before saying anythin so u wouldnt sound like d dumbest being on earth.

  • http://Websitenone Name vivian

    Message. The truth is always bitter and freedom of speech is allowed.l ‘ve the right to say anything.. continuous effort,not strength or intelligence is the key to unlocking one’s potential. work harder, you will only get as much as you put in.Much effort, much prosperity.

  • yemi

    am very sure dis person called vivian didnt study law coz if u do u will know wat d people here are talkin about.am in my finals now studyin law in the university and I have friends who have passed out from d law school even my cousins

  • Leo

    The situation is still same for d 2012/2013 @d kano campus. No light, no water, no security, 14persons to one toilet and bath. We spend 2hrs waiting to thumbprint d attendance machine. Another 2hrs wasted for nothin for same thing after lectures. Now the population here is 700, no single medical doctor. No workable ambulance. Etc. Etc.

  • Maigari a timothy

    Vivian and tosin pls hp u guys are aware dat law is a noble profession and 4 dat reason both of u are suppose 2 b minister in temple of justice.n u guys are expected 2 conduct ur selves wit utmost decorum.d fact dat x pass his bar exams n y fails his dosen’t x a beta or successful lawyer.atleast we all know dat exam is not d best way to test knowledge after all any body can b a victim of success or failure.pls u guys shuld protect d integrity of this profession so dat oda ppl frm accross d road wil not laf at us.

  • Barr. Foubai

    Well! Am really forced to comment on dis. Plss tosin i understand ur point buh want you to know dat vivian is entitle to her opinion..d fact dat she is not learned dosnt deny her dat..@ vivian plss note dat he who wears the shoe knows were it pinches most..so its not about hardwork alone; buh oda factors put together as righted asserted by ma coligs..trust be they know better dan you do. Plss learn!

  • Elizabeth

    @Vivian let Ur words b full of grace seasoned wit salt 4 d edifice of brethren. Real women speak wit wisdom. Rejoice wit pple in times of joy n mourn wit dem in times of sorrow.
    U neva can tel of Ur 2moro.

  • Grandpa

    Speaking from experience ,it took me the grace of the supreme being couple with my versatility in all preparatory aspect to have emerged victorious in bar finals exams2010/2011session in Bwari.I will always be indebted to my room mate barrister Tope who gave me the courage while I was battling with tmy asthmatic ill health.once again thanks a lot to the reverend sisters(sister chinemerem) in Bwari catholic hospital who accommodated me.i had a friend who was always screaming to high heavens in prayers but did not heed to the advice of screaming to studies,I think is a combination of all because despite my consideration for star in laliga I still did not joke with other measures.As for lecturers,lol my brother make we leave dat one for another day.(Nwosu I hail u oooo cos u five much for corporate law plus sham olu )Do not jeer those dat did not hit it first time,that exams no be here ooooooo!!!!!!TOPE u know na!

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