Training At Nigerian Law School is discussed in this article. We do hope you find it informative and helpful to your findings.
All law graduates from Nigeria and overseas universities are eligible for admission. In the case of overseas graduates, thos3e graduates must have graduated from a recognized university.
Talking about the Nigerian law school, the emphasis at the law school is on the practical aspects of the law. The subjects offered are Conveyance Law and Practice, Commercial Law and Practice, The Law of Evidence, Criminal Procedure, Civil Procedure, Professional Ethics, Law of Office Management, and Taxation.
Usually, the final year examination is held in May but before the final law school examination, overseas graduates are required to sit for an examination in certain subjects in the preceding month usually scheduled for the month of December.
The subjects are high listed as Constitutional law, Nigerian Legal Systems, Criminal Law, and Land Law. Graduates from Nigerian Universities are exempted from these courses which they would have done in the University.
On successful completion at the Law School, a person becomes formally enrolled as a Lawyer and is registered with the Supreme Court. The call to the bar is however not exclusively governed by academic brilliance.
A person must be of ‘good character’. A person who has previously been convicted of any crime may be denied admission to the Law School.
But if, as a result of some oversight he gets admitted, he will not be called to the Bar, even though he passed the Law School Examination.
The legal profession in Nigerian is a simple one. Hence admission to the bar entities, one can practice it as an advocate as well as a solicitor.
This is unlike England where a dichotomy exists between a solicitor and an advocate. An advocate normally does litigation that appears in court while a solicitor prepares briefs and generally handles matters which do not involve litigation
The solicitor is, however, allowed to plead cases in Magistrate Courts but no account at a high court. In Nigeria, it is becoming common for Lawyers to specialize either as advocates or solicitors but no law imposes any restriction on practicing as both a solicitor and an advocate.
Professionally, as a legal practitioner, a lawyer advises and assists his clients in relation to certain functions such as entering into contracts generally.
Acquiring and disposing of interests in land, as well as other proprietary interests examples are shares, bonds, and so on. Making of wills and enforcing their terms.
Marital problems and dissolution of marriage and other related matters. There personalize informing companies, partnerships, and other forms of business association as well as regulation and dissolution of such association; claiming insurance due on debts; securing the respect and enforcement of his clients’ civil liberties, and securing justice for them according to the laws of the land.
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The lawyer is supposed to act as an impartial arbiter in all disputes between individuals, between individuals and government, and among states and government, and among states’ agencies.
Conclusively, a lawyer requires exceptional courage, patience, sense of propriety and fair play, logical mind, objectivity, sensitivity and responsiveness to issues and the needs of the society, a considerable amount of tolerance, and above all, a sound knowledge of the law.