For one reason or the other, you want to become a lawyer in Nigeria. Apparently, every country has a stipulated guide for becoming a lawyer in that country, and if such guides are not followed painstakingly, it is likely to attract punishment. Nonetheless in this article, i will be showing you how to become a lawyer in Nigeria from scratch. What this means is that, i am going to start from the basics of everything, till i get to the apex. Believe me, if you really want to become a lawyer in Nigeria, this article is for you.
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5 Steps To Become A Lawyer In Nigeria
- Step 1. Enrol into any Nigerian primary school to obtain your primary school certificate.
- Step 2. Enrol into any Nigerian secondary school to obtain your SSCE certificate.
- Step 3. Gain admission to study law in any Nigerian university.
- Step 4. Enrol into any Nigerian law school for law practice.
- Step 5. Final call to bar of newly enrolled lawyers.
Those are the steps you must follow to become a lawyer in Nigeria. Nevertheless, in the next part of this article, i will explain each of the steps above to clear all perplexity.
Step 1. Enrol into any Nigerian primary school to obtain your primary school certificate:
To become a lawyer in Nigeria, you need a certificate that affirms that you attended a primary school in Nigeria. In Nigeria’s primary schools, students must spend not less that 5 years before they are deemed qualified to obtain the primary school certificate.
Nigeria’s primary schools are the basics for everyone who wants to study any course in Nigeria. At this step, you are expected to study almost all the subjects in school, as they all lay foundation for other subjects you will study as you will continue your education.
Step 2. Enrol into any Nigerian secondary school to obtain your SSCE certificate:
After you must have obtained your primary school certificate, the next step requires that you enrol into any Nigerian secondary school, where you will be able to obtain you SSCE certificate. Nigeria’s secondary school education is of two facets. First, there is the Junior secondary education, and also the secondary education.
To pass this step, you must go through both the Junior secondary education and the senior secondary education. After your the Junior secondary education, you are expected to take a common entrance examination, which will determine whether or not, you will move to the senior secondary education.
If you successfully pass the Junior secondary education, you will enrol into the senior secondary level. Nevertheless, you will also take another examination (WAEC/NECO) to obtain your SSCE certificate. Your SSCE result shows that you have gone through the two levels of education in secondary school.
Step 3. Gain admission to study law in any Nigerian university:
After obtaining your SSCE certificate, you have to gain admission into any Nigerian university. To gain admission, you must to pass your WAEC/NECO examination with good grades, pass your JAMB UTME examination with at least 250, and of course you must pass your post UTME examination too.
If after all these examination, you meet up to the required JAMB cutoff mark for your aspired university, you will definitely be offered admission to study law for five years in that university.
At the university level, students will be expected to choose the field of law they want to specialise in. The follow are some of the prerequisite courses for every law student:
- Law of Torts.
- Contract Law.
- Constitutional Law.
- Law of Evidence.
- Company Law.
- Nigerian Legal System.
- Commercial Law.
- Criminal Law.
- Legal Methods.
- Law of Equity and Trusts.
At the university, aspiring lawyers will be thought the theoretical aspect of law. They will be thought assiduously and prepared for Nigerian Law school, where the practical aspect of law will be inculcated. Here you will obtain your LLB (Bachelor of Laws) at the university, and will be allow to enrol into any Nigerian law school of your choice.
Step 4. Enrol into any Nigerian law school for law practice:
Enrolment of aspiring lawyers into Nigerian law school is compulsory to successfully become a lawyer in Nigeria. Aspiring lawyer are to spend just one year in Law school. In Nigerian law schools, aspiring lawyers are thought the practical aspect of law. More so, in Nigerian law schools aspiring lawyers are also expected to choose a particular area of specialization in law. Some compulsory course done in Nigerian law schools are:
- Criminal Litigation.
- Civil Litigation.
- Corporate Law & Practice.
- Property Law and Law in Practice.
Before, graduating from Nigerian law school, you must attend three dinners (I really don’t know why this is necessary). Coupled with that, you must also pass with at least, Credit in all your courses. Not fulfilling this may cost you an additional one year in the law school.
Step 5. Final call to bar of newly enrolled lawyers:
This is the last and most important step to become a successful lawyer in Nigeria. According to the Rule of Profession Conduct (RPC), a lawyer must be a person who has been called to bar and enrolled as a lawyer by the chief registrar of the supreme court.
In light of this, you must make sure that you are called to bar as a lawyer, before you can deem yourself, fit to be called a lawyer.
That is how to become a lawyer in Nigeria. Believe me, this article has everything you need to know about becoming a lawyer in Nigeria. Hope it was helpful? Meanwhile, if you still have any question on how to become a lawyer in Nigeria, do well to ask me using the comment box below.