The Nigerian Law School achieved an average of 56.4% or just 880 pass among 1,561 students who sat for the December 2020 Bar final examinations, when 618 or 39.6% students failed and 63 students or 4% were not accounted for by the school.
The tabulation shows every segment is scientifically important to look into as the number of passes seemed to be swallowed by the rather large 39.6% failure which is looking at 10.4% to make half of the students failure list a phenomenon that needs questions as to why such figure of students failed.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Professor Isah Chiroma, who disclosed the figure on Tuesday during day-one of the Call to Bar Ceremony did not say like the JAMB Director General whether the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic also affected the students.
Professor Chiroma said the successful 880 candidates were part of a total of 1,561 students that participated in the examinations adding that equally admitted into the Bar on Tuesday were 4 candidates from previous Bar Final Examinations.
Meanwhile, Prof. Chiroma disclosed that henceforth, law graduates of National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, would be permitted to do special remedial course at the Nigerian Law School.
He said: “The Council of Legal Education, Nigerian Law School have been receiving commendations from stakeholders and the general public for offering Admissions to Law graduates of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for special remedial course.
“I am also to respectfully inform you all that the programme will commence on Monday June 28, 2021, at the Nigerian Law School Headquarters, Bwari, Abuja”.
In his address, the Chairman of Body of Benchers, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, implored the new wigs to always uphold the tenets of the rule of law where ever they found themselves.
“As members of a learned and noble profession, you will be required to carry out your duties in a professional manner.
“This entails demonstrating a high sense of civility, honesty, integrity and compliance with laid clown rules and regulations.
“You must commit yourself to the fair administration of justice and to doing your part in facilitating true access to justice.
“Once again, I extend my sincere congratulations to all the new wigs and formally address you as my learned Friends.
“Always remember how much you have labored in time past and the sacrifices your loved ones have made for you to succeed and strive to exhibit the highest sense of responsibility which the legal profession is known for all over the world.
“Having achieved this milestone, may your lives be forever enriched,” Justice Rhodes-Vivour stated.
He warned that the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, LPDC, would not hesitate to wield the big stick against any lawyer whose conduct “negate the sacrosanct standards of the profession or amount to infamous conduct in a professional respect”.
“The Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee has been carrying out its mandate in a just and fair manner without giving rooms for compromise, affection or ill-will.
“From January to July 2021, three lawyers were disbarred, six lawyers were suspended (ranging from two years to four) and one lawyer was admonished.
“You are therefore advised to be of good behavior and abide by the ethics and tradition of the profession to avoid being brought before the Committee”, Justice Rhodes-Vivour added.
The Call to Bar ceremony will continue on Wednesday and Thursday.