Note: This is useful information for those who are going to do Bar 1 in 2014 or are considering it in future. Thanks to anyone else that wants to read it!
Before I start, I would like to thank everyone who has been reading and commenting on my posts. It’s nice to know that there are people reading what I write. I appreciate it. Right now, I am holidaying in the East. How I got here was a story and a half involving a 2 hour hold up in Kogi due to a festival and men with inferiority complexes. Bar 1 is over… for now! I’m still waiting for the exam results. Fingers crossed.
Anyway! I thought I would put up useful information for anyone that wants to do Bar 1 from next year. Bar 1 takes place in the Abuja campus. I was lucky enough to get information from various blogs, which I’ve previously mentioned, and I wanted to the same. For those who are interested the key is not having any expectations.
Registration can be a hectic process as it requires moving from one office to another but the process is simpler of you bring everything that is required of you including up to ten passport photographs. If it’s not possible to get the photographs done before registration, there are photographers on site that will be asking anyway.
Make sure you complete your medicals on time. This enables you to get accommodation. The earlier you get the accommodation, the better before you encounter issues such as the unavailability of rooms. If I tell you what happened to me, you would laugh. The length of time it takes to get the tests done depends on the hospital you go to. Don’t expect the best customer service and you’ll be fine. Also, take a book/mp3 player/ipad or whatever gadget you have as the wait may be long.
IT IS IMPORTANT that the reference and an original copy of the transcript get to the law school before you do or bring it with you. If these documents are not provided, then a student will be on provisional admission until the documents are given.
It is given out on a first come, first served basis. Campus accommodation is ok. Two people share a room and four people share a toilet and a bathroom. It makes life easier if your roommate is nice. I had a great roommate so I was fortunate but others weren’t. There were issues with the gutter smell, electricity and broken sockets but we managed. A form is to be filled for repairs and maintenance. The bed comes with a protective cover and a mosquito net which have to be returned after the term. The motto is if it’s broken, try and get it fixed or manage. There are women that fetch water and clean. They can be hired on a daily or monthly basis. I hired a woman for 2,500 Naira a month. Don’t hire the first person you see. I made that mistake and I complained the whole time.
It is better to hire drums than to buy them in my opinion. When the term ends, you won’t have to worry about where to put it. A
person sold one to me for 3,500 Naira. It was small and was twice the price it should be and less. You can buy a bigger one for much less. Before making decisions please, please, please take a while to think things over!
There are alternatives to campus accommodation such as Elim top suites and Pride Estate which are both close to the campus for those who don’t want to share toilets and bathrooms. Another alternative is to rent a property nearby or in town but there will also be the added cost of cab fare which can cost up to 5,000 Naira one way.
Males: Black or navy blue trousers with a white or black shirt. They must wear black ties and blazers are optional. Shoes must be black.
Females: Black dress or black skirt with a white or black shirt. Shoes must be black and must not be too high. Earrings must not be big. Studs are preferred. Blazers are optional. The uniform must not have designs such as frills and lace. Note that the black skirts and dresses must be below the knee. For those who find it hard to find such, it may be good to buy the material and have it sown. A friend of mine did it and it looked really nice. I thought it was store bought.
COURSES AND BOOKS
The four courses that are taken are:
1. Land Law
2. Nigerian Legal Systems
3. Constitutional Law
4. Criminal Law
I enjoyed lectures but I made the mistake of not reading from the very beginning. Everyone (or at least most people) will be split into groups for presentations of topics given by lecturers.
Don’t rush when buying books. Take your time and try and see if you can find the most recent and up to date textbooks. Cross check them with the syllabus that will be given to you. I bought books which I ended up not using and spent too much on them.
These are the courses that students are required to study alongside the four core courses as they are deficient in them i.e. they did not do them at undergraduate level. These subjects are also required to have been studied by the law school for admission.
The remedial courses are:
1. Law of Evidence
2. Commercial Law
3. Equity and Trusts
4. Law of Tort
5. Contract Law
The classes are held on Fridays. The downside is that while most people are waking up late on Friday, those that have remedial courses have to go for lectures. Another downside is the extra exams which adds to the stress that is there already. This may mean that some may have two exams in one day.
FOOD AND NECESSITIES
The main place to buy food and necessities is mami market. There are restaurants, shops, barbers, hairdressers and etc. I recommend Mama Ngozi for food. The customer service is really good and so is the food. The dining hall is a good place to eat. It has more of variety which is good because I get tired of the obvious choices i.e. “Swallow” and soup or rice. There are random indomie and chicken and chips/sharwarma spots. There is also a good meat pie and doughnut place near the boys hostel.
There are no cooking facilities so you’ll have to buy food and provisions.
Whether you get bigger or not depends on your body type. 😉
This is where my info ends. If anyone needs more information, feel free to email me at Naijabrit88@gmail.com or fill out the contact form (the link is on the right hand side).
I typed all of this on wordpress for blackberry so if there are mistakes, I’m sorry. I’ll correct them later. 🙂
Bye for now.