5 January 2005

Nigeria: Requirements for Studying Law

Lagos — LAW is one of the professional courses offered in about 31 of the country's universities. To study the course, candidates must have five ordinary level credits including English language and Literature in English.

The subjects to sit in the Universities Matriculation Examination (UME) organised by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) are three arts or social science papers.

The following are the requirements of different universities for candidates seeking to study the course.

University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) does not accept Fine Arts or local languages. University of Ibadan (UI) requires five/six 'O' level credits at one/two sitting(s) including English language.

University of Ado Ekiti (UNAD) requires Mathematics as one of the three subjects, while Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUT), Benson Idahosa University (BIU), Imo State University (IMSU), Delta State University (DELSU), Ebonyi State University (EBSU), University of Benin (UNIBEN) and Ogun State University require at least, a pass in Mathematics.

Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) requires credit pass in one science subject and a pass in Mathematics. Benue State University accepts any three arts/social science subjects, while Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) requires a credit pass in Literature and, at least, a pass in Mathematics.

Also the University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires the five ordinary 'O' level credits including English Language, Mathematics and Literature in English. Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) requires credit in Mathematics or any other science subject.

There are also provisions for direct entry candidates in the aforementioned universities but there requirements vary from one institution to another.

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) accepts, at least, merit grade in its Diploma in Law plus four credits at ordinary level. The UNIBEN, University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) accepts Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate excluding Secretariat Studies, Diploma in Social works (Credit), law, library studies plus other needed UME requirements.

Ebonyi State University (EBSU), University of Maiduguri, University of Ado Ekiti (UNAD) and University of Jos (UNIJOS) accept Diploma in Law. In addition, UNAD accepts Diploma in Law (Upper Credit).

While Ambrose Alli University (AUU), EBSU, DELSU and Rivers State University of Science and Technology do not accept National Certificate of Education (NCE), NAU and UNN accept NCE/degree and Diploma certificate in addition to the UME requirements.

Rivers State University Science and Technology requires three advanced level passes in arts or Social Science subjects and a pass in Mathematics at 'O' level. Degree holders with second class lower division in any field or their Diploma in Law with Upper Credit could also be admitted. However, a pass in Mathematics is compulsory.

Also, University of Calabar (UNICAL) does not accept Diploma/NCE. The Lagos State University (LASU) requires, at least, two advance level passes with credit passes in English language and Mathematics at ordinary level even as UNN does not require English Literature for degree holders. The UNIBEN also accepts NCE (Credits) and Diploma in Law at merit level from the university.

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) accepts Diploma in Law from recognised institutions plus UME subjects. In addition, the university accepts first degree with a minimum of second class, but does not accept NCE, OND and HND.

Abia State University (ABSU) accepts Diploma in Law (Upper Credit), OND and first degree. The DELSU accepts candidates with OND and degree in relevant disciplines only.

University of Jos (UNIJOS) accepts Diploma in Law (Lower Credit)/first degree (Second Class Lower) plus four ordinary level credits including English language.

The (NAU) in addition to its requirements accepts three ordinary level credits which must include English Language, Literature in English and one science subject with a pass in Mathematics for direct entry candidates.

The university also accepts HND with Upper Credit or Distinction aggregate from recognised institutions and at least, five ordinary level credit passes which must include English Language, Mathematics, and any other science subject.

The UNILAG accepts Diploma in Law from the institution, while the University of Ibadan (UI) requires first degree Second Class Upper division. In EBSU, the credit pass requirement in Literature and a pass in Mathematics are not compulsory for interested candidates.

The Anambra State University of Science and Technology (ASUTECH) accepts diploma, NCE or first degree candidates even as the candidates must fulfil the UME requirements. The Benson Idahosa University accepts diploma in law and requires, at least, a pass in ordinary level Mathematics.

Olabisi Onabanjo University accepts degree in arts or social sciences not lower than a Second Class Lower and its Diploma in Law plus the basic UME requirements.

Although other universities have provisions for direct entry candidates, IMSU does not accept them. Nevertheless, it requires its UME candidates to have at least, a pass in Mathematics or a credit pass on any science subject.

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