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LAW SCHOOL STARTER PACK 101

Chiamaka Ibeh*

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Law school is over

This post is relevant to all law school students especially those who will be in Lagos Campus. Kindly disregard all the scary tales about law school. Just like any phase you have passed through in life, it has its ups and downs, hard times and easy times. You just have to go in prepared, emotionally, mentally, physically and most importantly spiritually. The information contained below is based on the status quo as at the conclusion of the 2016/2017 session and is amenable to changes for the new session. This is merely to guide you and paint a rough picture of what you should expect as you prepare for the Nigerian Law School. Please, adhere strictly to information issued by the Nigerian Law School through its website and other official channels.

  1. REGISTRATION:

This process usually depends on your campus. Word has it that Lagos Campus has the most rigorous registration process. I was in Lagos Campus and I arrived very early on Monday morning to commence the registration because I had been told that the earlier you register, the easier it would be for you to settle in nicely and comfortably.

Tips:

  • Pay your school fees as soon as you can. First of all generate a Remita number like you did when you were paying your application fees. Pay attention to the changes in the information you will be inputting as it will be different since you are paying for school fees and not application fees again. Please be careful as the sum involved is large. There were instances in my set where people were robbed while trying to get their fees to the bank. Do not make it conspicuous that you are carrying a huge sum with you.
  • Be on campus by 8am on the registration days with your proper regulation wear (strictly black and white with jackets, long skirts, black shoes, black belts and all, no stripes, no coloured hair, no bogus earrings etc) and take your passport photographs (usually 12 in number with both black and white and coloured) with the accredited photographers on campus. Plan ahead with your university classmates so you all can be there together and watch out for one another. In my set, Reg Nos 1-16 were mostly from UNILAG with the exception of two or three persons who got lucky. We were able to finish our registration on time and we led others through the entire process.
  • Have all your documents ready before you set out including copies of those you submitted with your application in your faculty that was sent to Abuja. Usually, information about the requirements for registration would come around Saturday evening/Sunday morning, just before resumption on Monday, so you have to be prepared. You should have a photocopy of your notarized Form A1 Part A and B which was submitted to your Faculty and sent to Abuja. If you were not given a photocopy, print out a new one and notarize it in any court near you and make photocopies. Print out your full admission slip, posting slip, law school generated payment receipt and other relevant documents. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU MAKE AT LEAST 3 PHOTOCOPIES OF EVERY PRINT OUT.
  • Convert your Remita e-receipt to a law school receipt at the Accounts Department. You might be required to pay N6,000 for a bed sheet and a t-shirt via the Remita platform to Nigerian Law School (Lagos Campus). Just have the cash in hand and do not make any payment until you are asked to. Convert the Remita receipt for the bed sheet and t-shirt to a law school receipt as well at the Accounts Department. This is a prerequisite for you to get accommodation after your registration.
  • Collect your yellow form from the registration officers and your access pin which you will take to any cafe in school to fill and print out your student’s bio data form, year book form and other relevant forms. You will be required to upload your passports. Some will be black and white while others will be coloured. Pay attention to the instructions online. Ensure that you get to a cafe on time as there are only 3 on campus and they will be crowded in no time. Sometimes the site goes down and gets crappy, do not be frustrated, just take it easy and report to the IT Department.
  • Print out all the forms and make copies.
  • Take the forms, the yellow form given to you (filled carefully according to the instructions of the registration officers without any cancellation of any kind), the notarized Form A1, your full admission slip, posting slip, receipts and other printouts to the student affairs department for registration. Make sure you arrange these documents according to their instructions. You will get your registration number and you will be assigned to a group here.
  • Proceed to do your biometric data capturing at the IT department or a classroom designated for that purpose.
  • Proceed to do your medical clearance at the clinic with your medical form which you filled at a government hospital and all your printouts including your school fees receipt, passport and other relevant documentation.
  • Proceed to do your hostel registration with the hostel porters and you will be assigned to a room.
  • Make sure you eat well before leaving your house, wear comfortable shoes and have about N10, 000 with you for any expenditure.

PLEASE NOTE that you might not finish the registration process in one day. Mine took two. Also, there might be persons with physical challenges among you, please help them with their registration and throughout their stay on campus. Helping them will not be a burden to you, instead, I promise you that it will be a blessing for you for a lifetime.

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#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, THANK YOU!

Congratulations in advance from all of us at EkaeteHunter and the MCQ APP!!!

I and the MCQ App team would like to express our profound gratitude to all the lawyers who contributed their testimonies to inspire the aspirants. Thank you all so much – Abiola Saheed, Adonu Geoffrey, Akwiwu Chizotam, Adam Muhammed, Alabi Rejoice, Atatigho Jessica, Babafemi Tomilehin, Falade Faith, Giwa Temitope, Igbinosun Betha, Ijiomah Chiemeziem, Ivongbe Precious, Johnson-Chu Esther, Kadiri Ayodele, Madubuobu Promise, Ngonadi Uchechi, Nwodo Nnamdi, Odunsi Olusola, Ogazi Kelvin, Ogbu Collins, Oladapo Oluwatoyin, Onakoya Oludare, Onifade Hannah, Oyedotun Ayokunnu, Oyenikan Oyeleke, and Somuyiwa Mosimiloluwa. We appreciate your tolerance of our incessant reminders and inquiries. Thank you for believing in and being a part of this project. Thank you so much once again, and we wish you greater heights!!!

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#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘YOU ONLY HAVE TO IMPRESS THE EXAMINER’.

#MyBarFinalsTestimony is brought to you by the MCQ APP in conjunction with Ekaete Hunter. 

Name: Kadiri Ayodele Ashiata

Campus: Abuja Campus (First Class), Director General’s Prize for First Class Students; Sir Adetokunbo Ademola K.B.E, G.C.O.N Prize for the Best Student of the Year; Dr Taslim Elias G.C.O.N Prize for the Best Student of the Year; Justice Atanda Fatayi-Williams, G.C.O.N Prize for the Best Student of the Year; Nigerian Bar Association Prize for the Best Female Student; Council of Legal Education Star Prize Winner of the Year; National Association of Women Judges Prize for the Best Female Student of the Year; Justice Kayode Esho, C.F.R, 1st Prize in Professional Ethics and Skills; Prince Bola Ajibola, C.F.R., K.B.E, SAN Third Prize in Civil Litigation; the Stephenson Harwood Prize (6 weeks internship) for the Best Graduating Student; The Boinime Jackson Lott Foundation Prize for the Best Over-all Female Student of the Year.

University: University of Lagos  (Second Class Upper)

About: Ayodele is a lawyer and a writer. She loves reading and meeting new people. She can be reached at kadiriayodele@gmail.com

AYODELE KADIRI
SOURCE: AYODELE KADIRI

First and foremost, I would like to say that I take no credit for my outstanding performance in the Nigerian Law School. That is the undiluted truth. God did it all. He singlehandedly made it happen. However, I would just briefly explain what my routine/strategy (or whatever you would like to call it) was like. I would be borrowing heavily from an article that had been written earlier by Ekaete Hunter and Seyi Mafolabomi. You can read that here.

Here it goes:

  •  There is nothing to be afraid of

It took me a while to discover this. I was really really scared – I didn’t find my rhythm early enough, I was seriously sleeping in class, I had not even completed my first reading when some other people were on the third, my notes were taking forever to come together, and I was easily frustrated. Nothing was making sense. Very early during the externship, I read King Hezekiah’s story – Isaiah 35 to 37, and I found myself in tears in the place of prayer asking God to help me deal with my fears. And God heard me. I drew inspiration from Daniel – whom God gave wisdom to interpret a dream he didn’t even know. I learned to trust God, believe in myself, enjoy the companionship of those around me, and also remain optimistic even if I wasn’t able to finish my drafts, even if I was forgetting my principles, or I didn’t score too well in my private practice of the MCQs. Continue reading “#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘YOU ONLY HAVE TO IMPRESS THE EXAMINER’.”

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#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘THE RED SCROLL IS FOR EVERYBODY.’

#MyBarFinalsTestimony is brought to you by the MCQ APP in conjunction with Ekaete Hunter. 

Name: Geoffrey Chiwetalu Adonu

Campus: Lagos Campus (First Class), Director General’s Prize for First Class Students; Hon. Justice Mohammed Bello G.C.O.N Prize for the 2nd Over-All Best Student; Mallam Yusuf Alli, S.A.N Prize for the Best Male Student; and the Nigerian Bar Association Prize for the Best Male Student

University: Babcock University (First Class )

About: Geoffrey Chiwetalu Adonu, graduated with a First Class from the Nigerian Law School and was the Second Over-All Best graduating Student of the 2015/2016 Academic Session. He won several prizes at the Call to Ceremony held on 30th Novermber, 2016. He also graduated with a First Class from Babcock University Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State.

Dubbed Mr. Genuis by the Dean of Law at Babcock University, Emeritus Professor I.O Agbede, Geoffrey is considered a hardworking and humble lad by his peers. He represented the faculty in many competitions including the 2nd Eyitayo Jegede Moot/Debate Competition held at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Ondo State, where the Faculty was placed second.

Geoffrey is passionate about helping young people realize their dreams and make positive impact in the society. He can be contacted through adonu.geoffrey@gmail.com or on LinkedIn

GEOFFREY CHIWETALU ADONU
SOURCE: GEOFFREY ADONU

Choosing a Career in Law

As a young boy, I was not particular about what I wanted to become but I know I admired the prestige that the few Doctors and Lawyers had in the village. However, my motivation to study law came after my mum told me of how my father wanted to be a lawyer but death could not allow him. My father had died after concluding plans to enroll for the law programme at the University of Nigeria. That discussion ignited my interest in Law. I became determined to realize that dream that my Dad was not able to achieve. Finally, when it was time to write JAMB, I naturally filled in Law and here I am today. I know my Dad will be happy and proud wherever he is now.

What was the greatest challenge you faced?

The greatest challenge I faced was paying my way through school. Yes, I had lost my Dad and to the dismay of everybody around me, I decided to go to Babcock University to study law notwithstanding the cost. For some of my relatives and those that were close to me in my Village, it was the most unwise decision anybody could ever make. Thus, they stood by the side waiting for the day I would return to the village as a failure. But I thank God for my mum and her junior brother that believed in my dreams. I was determined to finish my studies at Babcock. I had to beg and do all kinds of menial jobs to raise my school fees. In fact, as student in Babcock, I was a Student-Worker in the Cafeteria, where I served my fellow students food, washed plates and mobbed the floor, just to raise my school fees.

I also worked in construction sites on campus and in the University farm, just to get some money for my fees and upkeep. It came to a point when my fellow students and even my lecturers had to contribute money every semester to keep me in school. Coming to Law School was almost impossible. I was about waiting for next set to go to law school when a firm I had interned with agreed to pay my law school fees. At the law school, feeding was almost impossible, if not for the good friends that God quickly mobilized for me. Despite all these travails, I was determined to traverse. I was determined to rise above my challenges and to the glory of God it paid off. It was a big surprise when I checked my result and saw that I had attained the Red Scroll and even more surprising when I learnt I had finished as the Second Over-All Best graduating Student and the Best Male. I could never had imagined any of these.

Before coming to the Nigerian Law School, what was your opinion about the school?

Prior to this time, I thought of the Nigerian Law School as a place where everybody is a saddist and irrespective of how hard you work, you will be marked down deliberately by the examiners. This came argely from the pictures painted about the Law School and its staff after the abysmal performance of the 2014 set. However, I must say I have a different opinion now, which is positive and optimistic.

From what you know now about the NLS, what would you have told yourself by this time last year?

I would have told myself “go there and enjoy yourself, have fun learning the law”. To be honest I had fun on a daily basis in the Law School, from the Class room, to group meetings, in the study room and the hostel, I had fun all the way. Yes, the environment is tense and serious because of the work load. But I was my normal self and created fun from engaging in the activities at the Law School. I did not allow the pressure to change me, rather I brought the pressure under my control.

What attributes do you think can help a student attain excellent performance in the Bar Exams?

There are no specific attributes that guarantee success at the Bar Part II Exams. However, I will state that with the following attributes, you will not get it wrong. These include determination, commitment, conviction, consistency, humility, patience and prayer. These attributes I have observed in every red scroll holder I have interacted with. Determination, commitment, conviction, consistency, humility and patience all count towards the effort and hard work you must put in while prayer attracts the grace needed to take you to the top. Thus, neither side of the divide is more important than the other. They are two sides of a coin. Faith without work is the passport to failure and vice versa.

GEOFFREY ADONU
SOURCE; GEOFFREY CHIWETALU ADONU

From what you know now, what do you think you would have done better? Continue reading “#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘THE RED SCROLL IS FOR EVERYBODY.’”

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#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘I GAVE UP THE DESIRE TO MAKE A FIRST CLASS.’

Name: Falade Faith Olayinka

Campus: Lagos Campus (First Class), Director General’s Prize for First Class Students; Third Best Overall Student of the Year Prize; and Sir Darnley Alexander’s Prize for the Best Student in Property Law Practice

University: Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (Second Class Upper Division)

About: Faith Olayinka Falade hails from Afo in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State. She was born to the family of Mr and Mrs Justus Falade, a chartered accountant. She had her secondary education at St. Louis Girls Secondary School, Akure, Ondo State. She was to later attend the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko for her Bachelor of Laws Degree in 2010, where she graduated in 2015 with a Second Class Upper Division with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.34. She thus graduated as the third overall best student in the 2014/2015 academic session.

Faith thereafter proceeded to the Nigerian Law School for the one year mandatory professional training in November 2015 where she bagged a First Class Honours. By this, she became the Second student and the first female graduate of the Adekunle Ajasin University Faculty of Law to graduate with a First Class at the Nigerian Law School. At the formal Call to Bar Ceremony held on 30 November 2016, she was awarded the third best overall student of the year prize and the best student in property law practice prize.

Faith was involved in social and political functions at different levels while in School. She was elected the Faculty of Law Caucus Leader at the Level of the Student Representative Council of the Students’ Union Government in the 2014/2015 session and was appointed the Chamber Head Kayode Esho Chamber 2014/2015, a public Chamber in the Faculty of Law. She is currently a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Junior Chamber International. She can be reached at falade.faith.ff@gmail.com.

FALADE FAITH
SOURCE: FALADE FAITH

Before I resumed at the law school, I encouraged myself that I wanted to make a first class, my belief was that  those who made it in the past had no two heads, however on attending the lectures for the first  two weeks, that faith started shaking , fear set in and I was losing believe in myself because of the treats from class, the examples, the way questions were asked and I didn’t know the answers or inside me I had an answer but the way the lecturer answered it just seemed too difficult with the authorities and the expected mode of answering. So at the early stage I gave up the desire to make a first class.

I also resumed law school with the mindset that one must form notes in order to succeed at the law school, I had heard several times the statement, ‘if you want to pass law school well, you must form your notes’ which personally I was never used to. I remember going to eat at the cafeteria one day where I met a senior and we got talking, he mentioned forming notes to me, to which I was quick to respond that it was not my thing, but he advised and insisted I did in order to make a good grade. As a result of the advice I started forming notes for about four weeks, the first snap test came and I discovered I knew almost nothing. I had wasted my time forming notes and I was not reading. From that day I stopped forming notes and I had to stick to my method of reading textbooks, but at the later part of law school I formed the habit of reading my laws directly, which turned out to be the best method for me and I wished I had started earlier.

After my desire to make a first class dropped, two incidents awakened my desire.  First, a lecturer (Mrs James of property law practice, Lagos campus) started calling numbers to answer a particular question centred on drafting a complete deed which seemed difficult at that time because it was just the third class on property,  It got to my number and I didn’t know how it happened but I answered it. I never knew I had it inside me. That day the  lecturer took notice of me and encouraged me and right there and then I encouraged myself too, told myself that maybe the things I thought were too difficult to learn were not so difficult after all if I put in more effort and was consistent with my reading over time.

FALADE FAITH
SOURCE: FALADE FAITH

 The other experience was the snap test. The results were not the best, but I knew they could be better and that law school was not as difficult as we were made to believe, looking at the sorts of questions asked, particularly that I was not prepared for them, prior to the time my readings were just free style, I was writing more than reading, and the little reading I did was just to have a grasp of the topic before class, and I never picked after class to revise. Continue reading “#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘I GAVE UP THE DESIRE TO MAKE A FIRST CLASS.’”