FOR over five decades, various law faculties and the Nigerian Law School have continued to churn out law students as lawyers. A punctilious look at the performances of these law graduates both from the released results of the Law School and from few years of being called to the bar however reveals some bitter truths about our current legal education structure. In Nigeria, anyone who is interested in becoming a lawyer must first obtain a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree which is awarded after a five-year programme for candidates entering the university through the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and four years for Direct Entry candidates. Subjects are taught using the course system and each session consists of two semesters of approximately 14 weeks each. In addition to law subjects, all law students are required to take some non-law subjects and every semester ends with a theory examination.
WORRIED by the poor standard of basic education, and the recent statistics by United Nations Educational, and Cultural Scientific Organisation, UNESCO, that Nigeria has about 8.7 million out of school children, Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, WSCIJ, last week, organised a three day training for journalists to avail them with tools to effectively bring to the fore, issues of basic education to government and other stakeholders for a positive change.