Brief Overview of the Nigerian Law School Curriculum

The Nigerian Law School is a form of graduate school for lawyers in Nigeria. No law graduate is considered to have finished with legal studies until he/she registers at any of the Nigerian Law Schools and graduate from there.

The Nigerian Law School is set up by the federal government of Nigeria in 1962 and the purpose was to train Nigerian law graduates and foreign lawyers on Nigerian law practice. The institution had been providing practical training for all the aspiring legal practitioners in Nigeria.

Before the Nigerian Law School was established, aspiring legal practitioners in Nigeria had to travel to England to receive legal practical training and they were all called to the English Bar.

Only students that graduate from recognized law faculties in Nigeria universities are given admission into the Nigerian Law School. The Director-General of the Nigerian Law School is Dr. O. A. Onadeko.

There is a generally observed dress code in the Nigeria law school and all students are required to adapt by this rule.

List of Nigerian Law School Campuses

Nigerian Law School has 6 different campuses and they are located in different parts of Nigeria;

1. Bwari in Abuja: This campus became the headquarters of the Nigerian law school in 1997.
2. Yola in Adamawa State
3. Yenagoa in Bayelsa State
4. Bagauda in Kano state
5. Agbani in Enugu state
6. Victoria Island in Lagos State

List of Nigerian Law School Courses

The various law school campuses in Nigerian as listed above offer the same set of course, since they all follow the same syllabus. The various course being offered are highlighted below:

They are divided into the following aspects:

  1. Introduction
  2. Arrests & Searches
  3. Pre-trial Investigations & Police Interviews
  4. Institution of Criminal Proceedings
  5. Presence of the accused
  6. complaint and witnesses
  7. Bail
  8. Charges
  9. Constitutional Safeguards to ensure fair trial
  10. duties of counsel and the court
  11. Trials and presentation of evidence and advocacy
  12. Concluding Addresses
  13. Judgment and Sentence
  14. Appeals
  15. Knowledge


The courses involved under this class are grouped into the following:

  1. Introduction
  2. Preliminary matters before commencing civil action
  3. Courts with civil jurisdiction
  4. Interlocutory of Applications
  5. Third Party Proceedings
  6. Inter pleader Proceedings
  7. Injunctions
  8. Mareva Injunction
  9. Anton Piller Injunction
  10. Pre-trial Issues
  11. Evidences
  12. Preparing for trial
  13. The course of trial
  14. Trial Advocacy
  15. Judgment
  16. Enforcement
  17. Appeals
  18. Election Petition
  19. Matrimonial
  20. Sharia


  1. Laws to property transactions
  2. Essentials of power of attorney
  3. Essentials of a Deed
  4. Registration of titles
  5. Assent Outcomes
  6. Rent in Leases
  7. Transfer of Lease
  8. Mortgage
  9. Sale
  10. Contracts
  11. Titles
  12. Conveyance
  13. Billing
  14. Wills- Taking
  15. Instructions and drafting of wills
  16. Letters of Administration
  17. Administration
  18. Winding up of Estates.


The courses are divided into the following aspects:

  1. Choice of Business and Non-Business Organization & Formations
  2. Foreign Participation
  3. Promotion of Companies
  4. Pre-Incorporation Contracts
  5. Matters before commencement of Business Alteration of Memo & Articles of Companies
  6. Incorporated Trustees
  7. Registration of Companies
  8. Corporate Governance & Administration
  9. Securities
  10. Restructuring
  11. Winding Up
  12. Dissolution
  13. Proceedings


The courses are grouped into the following aspects:

  1. History of the Legal Profession & Regulation
  2. Relationship with and Duty of Council to colleagues
  3. Appointment and Discipline of Judicial Officers
  4. Qualification
  5. Discipline & Procedure of Removal
  6. Contempt of Court
  7. Rights of Legal Practitioners
  8. Duty of Counsel
  9. Controlling Bodies in the Legal Profession
  10. Instigation Litigation
  11. Soliciting
  12. Dinner Etiquette
  13. Advertising
  14. Attracting Business.

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