A Call To All Law Students In Nigeria To Partake In The Simmons Cooper Advocacy Development Initiative (SCAD)

The SimmonsCooperAdvocacy Development Competition (“SCAD Compete”) is the annual brainchild of Simmons Cooper Partners targeted at developing the culture of advocacy amongst law students across Africa. A project that was co-initiated by our Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, SAN, SCAD compete is also a platform to encourage the healthy competition that is the hall mark of practitioners of the law. At SimmonsCooper Partners, we believe that the culture of advocacy can only be sustained by ensuring a complementary blend of practice and theory. SCAD compete is our expression of that belief.


At the last edition, the finalists at the SCAD Compete were privileged to undergo a pre-competition legal clinic where they were tutored on the art lawyering by members of the firm. The final round of the competition was followed the day after the legal clinic and the event climaxed with a formal dinner and award ceremony. Post competition comments and reactions testify to the utility value of the experience.

Till date, SCP maintains a ‘mentorship’ and ‘counsellorship’ relationship with the participants. All the participants have begun making impact in legal practice. Significantly, our Kenneth Okwor who emerged as the 1st Runner up in the 2014 edition of the competition, in a record breaking feat, won ten (10) awards from the Nigerian Law School. The testimonials of our other participants are similar with most of them working with major law firms across the world

The 2016 SCAD compete is centered on Industrial and Labour law. Participants are required to submit briefs of argument on the dispute scenario. Thereafter, judges will sift through all submitted written entries to pick the final ten. The ten finalists will be selected based on the strength of their written briefs as well as their perceived understanding of fundamental legal issues.


The competition began with the publication of the SCAD 2016 dispute scenario on the official firm website ( on the 1st of May, 2016.

Intending participants are welcome to interact with us though our social media channel; twitter (@scplaw), Facebook – SimmonsCooper Partners or via regular mail or electronic mail to

SCP, through SCAD Compete shows its unwavering dedication to improving and advancing the artof Advocacy in the Nigerian legal practice.

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