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HOW TO GET INTO AN IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL, 2018

For some, admission into an Ivy League school is fantasy or maybe evidence that we still have working imaginations and nothing more. For others, it is too expensive for a fantasy, it is better left as unattainable. The recent ‘How to get into an Ivy League School, 2018’ sponsored by the Covenant Christian Centre, the Platform Young Professionals Bootcamp, and the Platform is one conversation that has been initiated at the right time (the “Ivy League Admission Conversation”). It took place on the 28th day of April 2018 at the Covenant Christian Centre, Yaba. Admission into an Ivy League school is attainable for anybody who meets the requirements.

The Ivy League Admission Conversation targeted mainly prospective MBA candidates, but there were also some tips that are also applicable to other Masters degrees. Interestingly, one young lady in the hall had identified herself as preparing towards undergraduate studies in an Ivy League school. I am not certain the admission process for the undergraduate and the post graduate are the same – so maybe the title was a bit misleading to that extent.

There were three speakers – Soromfe Uzoma (Soromfe), Uzoma Ikechukwu (Uzoma) and Misan Rewane (Misan). Soromfe had attended INSEAD – Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires (European Institute of Business Administration) for its Executive MBA programme. Uzoma was offered admissions into Harvard and Stanford Business Schools for the forthcoming 2018/2019 sessions, while Misan had both her undergraduate and MBA degrees at Stanford and Havard respectively.

Uzoma talked about the application and preparation process. She talked about the need to have a concise resume especially if an applicant does not have so much years of experience. According to her, it is also important that your essay sounds authentic. As for the letter of recommendation, she advised that it is better to have it written by someone who understands your strengths and weaknesses and is able to pass this across. It is also necessary that you, as the applicant, guides them. She recommended having a study group help review your essay and conduct your mock interviews. Mock interviews also prepare you for the main interview in which you have to be honest, clear and demonstrate your knowledge. She concluded by saying that an applicant should not shy away from applying again because sometimes it may not be that your application is not good enough, it may just be that they have already gotten an applicant who is as strong as you are.

Soromfe emphasized the need to understand the nature of the programmes you are applying to. For instance, some schools offered one-year MBA programmes e.g INSEAD while others offered two e.g STANFORD. Each of these programmes had their advantages and disadvantages. A one-year programme is obviously more intense. Again, every school had a ‘spirit’. While some had clinical coursewares, others were about ‘feelings’. Some schools made some allowances for MBA candidates with spouses and would even provide counselling because they are very much aware of how demanding and intense the programme could be. Continue reading “HOW TO GET INTO AN IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL, 2018”

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#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘HAVING THE RIGHT CIRCLE IS VERY KEY!’

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

Name: Ude, Uju

Campus: Enugu (First Class), Director General’s Prize for First Class Students

University: Babcock University (First Class); School Dean’s prize as the graduating student with the Highest CGPA in the School of  Law and Security Studies; Vice Chancellor’s Academic Program prize as the Graduating Student with the Highest CGPA, in Law; Babcock University Student’s Association Award for Academic Excellence

About: Uju Ude can be reached at ujuude@gmail.com or udeuju@yahoo.com

UJU UDE IN HER WIG AND GOWN
SOURCE: UJU UDE

MY EXPERIENCE AT THE NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL

PRE LAW SCHOOL

After the euphoria of graduation, the reality that this was not the end finally hit me. The fact that the law school program was few months away, coupled with the fearful tales I had heard of life at the law school, made my joy only half- full.

I initially wanted to go to the Abuja campus of the Nigerian law school because my friends had told me it was a better option and that Enugu campus did not produce a first class in the previous year; however, when I saw my posting to Enugu, I accepted my fate with mixed feelings. I recall one of my friends asking if I was really sure I wanted to go to Enugu because of the above-mentioned reason and I replied that this was a new year and the fact that there was no first class in the previous year, did not mean the same would be the case during my law school year.

Definitely there was a lot of pressure- the first of such being from myself. I was literally scared of law school because of the stories I had heard about it being very difficult. Asides this, I felt very unprepared! I had heard that if you intend to make a first at the law school, then you must have covered half of the syllabus before law school begins; so I tried reaching this target. Now, what is more laughable than the fact that I barely read up to 10 pages of the law school note I had then, is the fact that the above belief is absolutely false!

LAW SCHOOL

Upon resumption at the Nigerian law school Enugu, my Dad made sure I was as comfortable as possible- now this was something I was scared of as well – reason being that I had heard rumours earlier that if you are too comfortable in law school, you would fail. Well, that’s a big lie! In fact being comfortable in law school would, in my view, help you to focus on what is important, which is learning and excelling at the Nigerian Law School. However, this does not mean that not being as comfortable as you would want is an excuse to be lax!

Right from my first day at the law school, I was determined to make a first class- not because it was a do or die affair, but because that was what I really wanted. Therefore, every concern apart from this was secondary. This is not to say I did not do any other thing apart from reading. I had time to: attend services at the Church (Winners Campus Fellowship, Enugu) and build my relationship with God; gist with friends; and hang out (once in a very long while).

I got the recommended text books before classes began and started forming notes. This is because I intended forming notes for all my courses (in the end, I didn’t follow through with that). Prior to and upon my resumption at the law school, I had also been told that all your notes must be up to date if at all you intend to excel at the law school; now, this assertion is true to a certain extent. I say this because in my view, reading, committing to memory, and writing down key points thereafter would help you remember faster in the exam hall; it would condition your mind as to how you would structure your answers.

UJU UDE AND HER READING PARTNER, PASCAL
SOURCE: UJU UDE

 However, forming notes does not work for all and sundry; the key is finding what best suits you and following through with it. For instance, though I wasn’t able to completely form all my notes for 4 of the courses, I made sure that my Criminal Litigation note was up to date and here’s my reason. During the law school I made use of the Criminal Litigation text book by Mr. J.A. Agaba and because of its bulkiness, I knew it was certainly not a text book I would be able to devote my time to fully during the externship nor the Bar Finals preparatory weeks. Therefore, I made my notes completely in that course during the terms at the law school to save me the stress of reading it over again (except for reference purposes). Continue reading “#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, ‘HAVING THE RIGHT CIRCLE IS VERY KEY!’”

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CAB 9

Read the earlier parts here.

 Then he said, “You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord?

Acts 13:10 NLT

Deceit
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She dragged herself away from the TV. She had to put a stop to the binge-watching she has been doing for the past few days. She pouted while talking to her reflection on her phone screen.

‘Deji does not keep me company any more.’

Her phone’s LED blinked. One of her cousins, they were a pair of twins, had sent her a message on Whatsapp.

Aunty mi, so we heard you are on maternity leave.’

 She heaved a tired sigh. She could feel the heaviness in her heart. Her cousins, Solange and Beyonce (the names made her cringe, she really did not know what her sister-in-law was thinking) were not bad company but she really wanted to spend time with her Deji and nobody else. She replied the chat.

Yeah. Gotta let the baby rest and all.’

Beyonce replied instantly.

You wouldn’t mind if we stopped by?’

What do they mean ‘stopped by’? It meant they would be there for at least a week!

‘Aunty, we just finished exams o. It would be nice to help you with the heavy lifting. *wink* *wink*’

 She flung her phone to the sofa.

We have a two week-break.’

She picked up her phone again. She said it already, didn’t she?

She clenched her teeth as she typed.

You know you are welcome here anytime.’

She pulled herself up from the chair. Beyonce and Solange – the thought of their names alone could induce a miscarriage. Her ankles hurt badly. She paused to examine her feet. Right, except her belly wasn’t transparent. She sucked in her cheeks. It was time to take a walk. Continue reading “CAB 9”

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‘#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, IT IS A CLEAN SLATE, WRITE YOUR DESIRED OUTCOME ON IT’

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

Name: Aboyeji, Faith Oyetola

Campus: Abuja Campus (First Class Upper Division), Dr. Nabo Graham-Douglas Prize for the Second Overall Best Student in Corporate Law Practice, Director General’s Prize for First Class Students

University: University of Ilorin (First Class); Best Graduating Student Faculty of Law

About: ‘Tola is a young legal practitioner in her early twenties. She currently works as an NYSC Associate at Babalakin & Co. ‘Tola is quite enthusiastic about intellectual property rights. She loves God and humanity and can be reached at purposefultola@gmail.com.

FAITH ABOYEJI
SOURCE: FAITH ABOYEJI

I am Faith Oyetola ABOYEJI. I had my vocational training at the Abuja Campus of the Nigerian Law School in 2017 and was called to the Bar in December, 2017.  I am the first in a family of four and a native of Pamo-Isin in Kwara State.

For me, the first fear I had to deal with when going to the law school was being far away from home. I was born in Ilorin and had all my formal education there; so law school was the only educational pursuit that ever took me out of my family base. I remember crying on my first night in law school.

When you first get to law school, there is the tendency to be anxious. I heard a lot of funny stories about how difficult going through law school was and passing the bar exams. But I am not the type to give in to fear easily, especially those related to academic pursuits and luckily for me, my roommate in the law school is someone like that too. So, there was no atmosphere of fear around me. The one fear I had in law school was the fear of finishing with a second class upper, because of the grading system. But each time I reminded myself that an A in law school is just 70%, I get relieved, knowing that it won’t be impossible for me to score at least 70% in each of the five courses. The fear of Bar Final is the beginning of failure in the Nigerian Law School. The truth is there is nothing to be afraid of. The Bar Final is just another examination.

SOURCE: 'TOLA ABOYEJI
SOURCE: ‘TOLA ABOYEJI

Continue reading “‘#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, IT IS A CLEAN SLATE, WRITE YOUR DESIRED OUTCOME ON IT’”

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‘#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO DETERMINE TO GET THAT GRADE THAT YOU DESIRE’

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

Name: Onimiya, Faith Ezomime

Campus: Lagos Campus (First Class), Director General’s Prize for First Class Students, Chief Ernest Shonekan’s Prize for the Third Overall Best Student in Property Law Practice

University: University of Lagos, Second Class Upper Division

About: Faith Onimiya is a lawyer interested in intellectual property and  a writer passionate about health, real estate and human welfare. You can reach her on faith@onimiya.com.

Faith Onimiya in wig and gown
SOURCE: FAITH ONIMIYA

Psalm 29:11 AMP – The LORD will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace

My bar finals started from my last semester in the university — July 2016 — when I had to pick a campus to go to for the law school programme. I had always wanted to go to Abuja to experience life away from Lagos and even my parents were aware of my decision. However while completing my law school application, I got a strong, inexplicable urge to stay in Lagos. I could not figure out what or why but I was suddenly convinced that I could not go to Abuja.

Fast forward to starting law school in Lagos. The hardest weeks for me were the first few weeks in November. It was a struggle to get through each day alone without any of my closest friends. I recall breaking down into tears during the second week of lectures from being overwhelmed. Spending a year in Lagos campus was the most stressful phase I have ever had to pass through. I was physically, mentally and emotionally tired all through the year. I became a sub-group leader during classes and that meant I was responsible for one pre-class task every week. It was frustrating having that responsibility on my shoulders week after week but I made very supportive friends in my group who helped me deliver. I attended all classes except one Friday class during my stay at the Nigerian law school. I knew I had to learn as much as I could from the lecturers because there was hardly enough time to go over everything and assimilate the information. I listened well in class and made notes to help me concentrate as much as I could.

FAITH ONIMIYA
SOURCE: FAITH ONIMIYA

With regards to my routine, I made sure I paced myself in learning everything. It is important to remember to have fun and relax during the year. I tried to learn as much as I could but I knew my strengths and I stuck with them. I would read until I was tired, sleep and then go back to reading. I made use of e-notes for most of my readings and stuck to the outlines in the handbooks. I chose to begin practicing questions at the end of the externship period when I had just done my first reading through most of the courses. My roommate Funbi helped me read and practice questions towards the end of the session and stay positive no matter how I felt. I joined an awesome law school fellowship called the ‘Harvesters Tea Group’ and I was able to keep my faith and hope in God.

 

Getting a first class for me is a testimony of God’s faithfulness. I kept praying to God to give me a testimony for all my troubles during the year and that was exactly what I got. I had written my result in faith according to God’s instructions on one of my textbooks about two months before the exam and I had shared it with members of my fellowship.

Every single exam for me was a testimony filled with grace unimaginable. Continue reading “‘#DEARASPIRANTTOTHEBAR, IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO DETERMINE TO GET THAT GRADE THAT YOU DESIRE’”