If you have been searching the internet to know the number of years it takes to study law in Nigeria, you are in the right page. In this work, I will explain to you how many years it takes to study law in Nigerian universities and the courses which every law student must take before graduating from the Nigerian law school and university.
Number of Years it Take to Study Law in Nigeria
Law is a course that requires comprehensive study and knowledge of the native law and court procedures to practice. Every country has its own requirements and number of years for law study before full practice. Nigeria has a 5year compulsory requirements to study law in the university. During this study, candidates will be required to concentrate on 12 compulsory law courses and they are spread over the 5 years of study.
After the 5 years of study in any Nigerian university, graduates from different faculties of law will be admitted in the Nigerian Law school to study the practical aspect of the Nigerian legal system for just one year. There are different law schools in Nigeria into which candidates will be posted.
Finally, after graduating from the Nigerian law school, candidates will do their NYSC for 1 year before they will be fully certified to practice law in Nigeria.
In all, becoming a lawyer in Nigeria takes 7 years. First 5 years will be spent in any accredited law faculty in Nigeria, then the remaining two years is for the Nigerian law school and NYSC (Youth service) respectively.
Full list of Coures offered by Law student in Nigerian Universities
Below are the courses every law student in pass to become a full-time lawyer in Nigeria:
Nigerian Legal System.
Law of Consumer Protection.
Law of Evidence and Procedure.
Jurisprudence and Legal Theory.
Law of Taxation.
Planning and Environmental Law.
Banking and Insurance Law.
Law of Succession and Administration of Estate.
Law of Energy and Natural Resources.
Law of Arbitration.
Public International Law.
Law of Industrial and Intellectual property.
Nigerian Legal Method.
Law of Contract.
Law of Tort.
Equity and Trusts.
Company and Partnership Law
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Is it possible to study law without going to the Nigerian Law School?
No! It is not possible to study law in Nigeria without going to the Nigerian Law School. The Nigerian Law school is where the native and practical aspects of the Nigerian Legal system is taught. So even if anyone studies abroad, it is compulsory that he/she must attend any of the Nigerian Law School to practice law in Nigeria.
In addition to that, the Supreme Court of Nigeria has stated that studying law in Nigeria requires a complete knowledge of how the Nigerian legal system works, thus, it is not ideal to practice without going to the Nigerian law school.
So far, i have disclosed the number of years it takes to study law in Nigeria. Accordingly, I have listed the courses studied by law students in Nigerian universities. I believe this article has substantial answered the question, “How many years does it take to study law in Nigeria”. Meanwhile, if you have comments, kindly drop in the comment box below.
Edeh Samuel Chukwuemeka ChMC, is a Law Student and a Certified Mediator/Conciliator in Nigeria. He is also a Developer with knowledge in HTML, CSS, JS, PHP and React Native. Samuel is bent on changing the legal profession by building Web and Mobile Apps that will make legal research a lot easier.