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#DEARASPIRANTSTOTHEBAR, NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL (NLS) EXTERNSHIP PROGRAMME; NUGGETS FOR SUCCESS.

By Tobi Michael Babalola*

Tobi Michael Babalola
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Hello, to those currently at the Nigerian Law School. I’m sharing with you my experience during the NLS two months externship and how you can make excellent use of the opportunity to gain practical knowledge for your Bar Examinations and in the long run your legal career.

The Externship programme is a part of the Nigerian Law School curriculum to add practical experience to what is taught within the four walls of your NLS classroom. The programme is divided into two invaluable learning experiences to wit; the court room externship, which comes first followed immediately  by the chamber/law firm externship. At the end of this programme, NLS students are made to undergo a portfolio assessment to examine them on what they have learnt during the programme. This is also a prerequisite for being called to the Nigerian Bar.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

I believe the under listed steps have been taken and you’ve all received your placements:

-Fill the placement forms for both court and chamber attachments.  N. B: The system of choosing your preferred local government  and state is intentionally made flexible for your convenience.

-Submit the forms

-Get your placement notifications from NLS

-COMPLAINTS? inform your NLS campus Externship coordinator or Group mentor,  as the case may be based on the information given by your campus coordinator or Directors.

-Listen to the instructions given and obey.  (Many, but important, especially to avoid hiccups during your portfolio assessment).

For example – Making copies of work done during the programme; submitting a signed and up-to-date log book; filled assessment form accompanied by a letter & a copy of your attendance list to be in a sealed envelope from your chamber. Confirm if a court assessment is also required.

-Avoid rumors (listening to and spreading rumors). Get your instructions directly from the authorities which will be communicated to your various group heads or the Chairman Students Representative Council, as the case may be.

MYTHS ABOUT NLS EXTERNSHIP PLACEMENTS

Below, are some stories you hear about the Externship placements. Though not myths in all cases but in most cases. My colleagues may have shared some of these with you, bear in mind that this is subjective and wisdom is profitable to direct.

  • I have to get into one of these top chambers, so that I can be retained after law school. True, but not every time. If this is your reason for going to that top chamber, why not have a better perspective like learning the work culture of this firm that makes them top,  gaining relevant skills because for all you know a better opportunity awaits you after law school and these skills will come in handy.

 

  • Some judges and chambers are prepared to work you out. Really!!!? You just have to manage your time properly. No knowledge is a waste.  Remember, “Knowledge empowers”.

 

  • I should get a stipend of 5 million Naira from my chambers after the externship programme. Don’t think it! Don’t say it! Not all law firms pay that stipend. As you said, it’s just a stipend. Max 100,000 Naira.

 

  • I can write jargon in my log book, nobody is gonna read it. Hmm hmm, you’re on the wrong track Bruv! It may have worked for your predecessors but your portfolio assessment may not be detailed like theirs. There’s a saying that: Taiwo and Kehinde (twins) were born on the same day but have different destinies.

 

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ISSUES ARISING OUT OF S. 102 OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT AND S. 29 OF COMPANIES REGULATIONS.

By Tope Akinyode*

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SOURCE: DAILYTRUST.COM.NG

SECTION 102 (1) OF THE COMPANIES AND ALLIED MATTERS ACT (CAMA), CAP. C20, LAWS OF THE FEDERATION OF NIGERIA (LFN), 2004 (“Section 102”) provides:

“102 (1) A company having a share capital, whether or not the shares have been converted into stock, may in general meeting and not otherwise, increase its share capital by new shares of such amount as it thinks expedient.” [Emphasis mine]

In relation to and for a better appreciation of the foregoing, SECTION 233(6) CAMA states that:

A company may, by its articles, provide that any matter not required by the articles or by this Act to be passed by a special resolution, shall be passed by an ordinary resolution.  

However, PARAGRAPH 29 OF THE COMPANIES REGULATIONS (“Paragraph 29”) also provides for the steps that are required of a company in order to increase its authorized capital. It states inter alia:

“Requirements for filing of notice of increase in authorized share capital shall include the following –

  1. Special resolution for increase in share capital signed by a director and secretary or two directors
  2. Updated annual return
  3. Updated section 553 where applicable
  4. Evidence of payment of FRC annual dues
  5. Payment of fees

If the two legislations highlighted above i.e, the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) and Companies Regulations (the “Regulations”) had adhered strictly to the same requirements for a Company to increase its share capital, this legal opinion would have been needless and would have amounted to a futile search for a thing which is not lost. In Nigeria’s corporate and companies’ firmament, the increase in shares of a running concern is common place. Hence, companies have had cause to worry over the appropriate procedure to adopt.

Read the full essay here.

 

*Tope Akinyode is a Legal Practitioner with areas cutting across “due dilligence”, debt recovery, and litigation. He also advises on Entertainment Law and Labour matters regularly. He can be reached at topeakinyode2@gmail.com.

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INCORRUPTIBLE JUDICIARY AS A CATALYST FOR AN EQUITABLE AND PROGRESSIVE SOCIETY

Every year, the Bible Society of Nigeria organises an essay for the members of the National Youth Service Corps. The contest seeks to encourage corp members to lend their voices in “analysing and proffering solutions to some of the socio-economic and political challenges in Nigeria using both biblical and intellectual approaches“.

This year, the title of the contest was, ‘INCORRUPTIBLE JUDICIARY AS A CATALYST FOR AN EQUITABLE AND PROGRESSIVE SOCIETY’.

The winner of this year’s contest, Alabi Rejoice Oluwadamilare, is willing to share the winning essay with us. It is an engaging piece and will definitely be worth your while.

ALABI REJOICE
SOURCE: ALABI REJOICE

For those who think that “all lawyers are liars”, Rejoice admonishes us to think again. In his words,

“…The demonization of the legal profession is in the writer’s opinion partly responsible for the judicial rut this nation is in. By directly and indirectly peddling the misconception that “no Christian can truly be a lawyer”, we sow the seeds of indifference in the young men and women who God intends to be judicial reformers. Since it is only lawyers that become judges and man the entire judiciary, the implication is that the life of Christ and the spirit of true incorruptible justice would continue to elude our judicial system until Christians take the gauntlet and build a new legal profession and by extension, a judiciary anchored on Christ. This writer therefore recommends that more and more of our young people are encouraged to take up the place of God on earth as administrators of justice. We cannot sit back idly and believe that ungodly men whose foundations are laid on faulty principles of selfishness, cronyism and other sharp practices will correct the anomaly of corruption in the judicial system...”

Click here for the entire essay.

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#WRITINGGAMESNG 2017

SOURCE: WOLE OLAYINKA

Goal.com, and the University of Sussex created a competition to ‘spur young Nigerians to write using football as a vehicle to explore their imagination.’ The title of this year’s competition, which was open from August 21 to September 11, 2017′ was – “Making Nigerian Football Attractive in a Digital Age”. 

Below, with his kind permission, I am sharing with you the entry of one of the shortlisted finalists. His name is Olawole Olayinka*. 

Wole Olayinka

Digitally Climbing Out of Obscurity

Ade races to the football field after school every day, denying himself the rich curry rice his mother prepares for lunch. He dreams of playing in the English Premier League someday. He is twelve years old. He knows there’s a professional football league in Nigeria but he doesn’t know much more than that.

Ade is not so different from the average Nigerian football fan; largely ignorant of what is happening on the local scene. Nigerian football has lost a lot of its attraction. The proliferation of digital technology has put all the glitz and glamour of foreign football leagues right at our finger tips thus back seating Nigerian football. Continue reading “#WRITINGGAMESNG 2017”

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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.

  1. TEXTBOOKS AND MATERIALS:

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