Questions & Answers

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Hi.

I’ve been getting questions from Nigerian Law School students to be. I thought it would be a good idea for questions to be asked on this page so that it will also help others. So if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I’ll still be answering questions sent to my email: Naijabrit88@gmail.com.

NaijaBrit88

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  2. Very lovely idea!
    And I’m glad to be the first to christen this page.
    So I’ve been posted to Lagos- I wish it was Abuja cos I already know so much about it! Anyhow, I’d like to know if you have any info that is peculiar to Lagos law school.
    And then, some more general questions are:
    1. Do lectures begin immediately after the resumption day? In this case, resumption day being Monday, 28th April, do you think lectures would commence on Tuesday?
    2. Do they look at the medical forms to assign accomodation? Or is it just a formality? If they do, how does it affect the allocation of rooms?
    3. Do you have any idea how many people occupy a room in Lagos law school?
    4. While running around for registration, is there a place where we can safely keep our luggage until we get assigned a room?
    5. Do we get a course outline at the beginning of the session?
    6. Do you know if Lagos law school has any version of Ada Ada notes? (Was really looking forward to having those oh)
    7. I’m assuming the school provides wardrobes or lockers. How big or how small are they? And do you know if its different for Lagos?
    8. I heard it’s compulsory to have a laptop. Is checking for laptops part of the registration?

    If I stay on this page, I may ask up to a hundred questions. Let me let you answer these first so as not to overwhelm you.
    Enjoy your minibreak while knowing that I appreciate you more than I can express. God bless you, NaijaBrit88!

    • Hi.

      I thought it would make sense to answer some of the questions that weren’t on your second set of questions. It was my fault you had to type them again πŸ™‚

      1. Lectures may start immediately after. I think after registration, you have to go to a hall. The staff will instruct you on what to do.

      2. They do look at the medical forms. They are really important. Without doing all of your tests, they will not give you a room. It’s important to get them all done as the rooms are given on a first come, first served basis.

      3. I have been told different things and I will still verify but I think there are eight people per room.

      5. They should give the course outline in the beginning. If they don’t give it to you immediately, then they’ll give someone a copy of the week’s topic of the course and you can go to the photocopy shop to buy a copy.

      8. It is not compulsory to have a laptop. Having a laptop will be useful though. I assume they should have an ICT room and computers at the library if you would like to use the internet. Having a laptop would be useful especially if you like to type up notes and want to use the internet. It will also be useful during the externship as you’ll need it to make a power point presentation of what you did during the externship. The alternative, I guess, is to use a relative’s laptop when the time comes and save the power point on a USB and then use a friend’s laptop to make the presentation.

      Checking for laptops is not part of the registration. You may have come across the phrase “registering for laptops”. This essentially means that a specified staff member will put the law school password on your laptop for you so you’ll be able to use the wifi.

      Hope this has answered everything. Once again, thank you so much. I appreciate you too and God bless you. I hope you have a great year at the law school. πŸ™‚

      • Thank you for answering all of my questions.
        On the Lagos Law school website, I saw some requirements for the registration process, one of which is “Online Registration Data Form”. Please do you know what it is, and if yes, can you explain it to me so I can get it ready before I travel?
        Thanks much!
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  3. I typed a very long comment that annoyingly got wiped off.
    😦
    I think this page is a very lovely idea. And I’m glad to be the first to launch it. I have been posted to Lagos. Thanks for your congratulatory message. I so wish it was Abuja I was posted to as I already know so much about it, thanks to you!
    Anyway, if you have any info that is specific to Lagos, please let me know.
    I still have some general questions:
    1. Are we going to have a place to keep our luggage until our registration is done?
    2. Do we resume lectures immediately after registration? How many days does registration take?
    3. If there’s a mistake in the spelling of my name, do I rectify it during the registration and how?
    4. Do we get wardrobes or lockers to put our stuff as part of the items in the room?
    5. Do you have any idea whether Ada Ada notes have an equivalent in Lagos? I was so looking forward to usiing them
    6. How much can you estimate that I can use to buy all the textbooks I need?
    7. I heard they ask for coloured and white and black passports. What are those? Do they refer to the backgroung colour?
    8. What’s the first thing we do for registration? Go to the registration hall? Or change teller to receipt?
    Etc
    I could go on and on.
    Really, I don’t know how clueless I’d have been without your help, NaijaBrit.
    Hope you’re having a lovely minibreak. Thanks in advance for answers to these questions and more!

    • Hi.

      I am so sorry. Your message wasn’t wiped out. It’s still there. I just hadn’t approved it yet. I didn’t know I had to approve it first for it to show up. Thanks for writing it all again. I hate having to do that.

      Thank you so much. I didn’t think it would catch on. Congratulations to you for being the first person to ask me a question on this page! πŸ™‚ I am having a great mini break, thank you.

      Congratulations on being posted to Lagos. Be prepared for the long hours! I thought Abuja campus hours were long but Lagos is something else. You’ll be fine though. I’ve heard that they have good lecturers.

      I don’t have a lot of specific info on Lagos. All I know is that the hours are longer than Abuja and there are no signing in and out sheets rather there are thumb print devices. If I get any other specific info, I’ll be sure to email you.

      Here are the answers I have to your general questions:

      1. You won’t have anywhere to put your luggage while you sort out your registration. It’s advisable to go with someone so they can look after your luggage while you do the registration. If I didn’t have my dad and the car we came in, I don’t know what I would have done.

      2. You don’t resume lectures immediately after registration. You’ll have a week of introductory sessions telling you about the law school and what’s coming up. Then you should have a week for mock trials.

      Registration should take hours. A lot of students will be registering at the same time so it will take ages. I registered late so it didn’t take me time to register. It took less than 2 hours.

      3. If there’s a mistake in the spelling, you should be able to go to admissions to have it rectified. If not, then they’ll refer you to student affairs. When you go to get registered, tell any of the staff at admissions and they should be able to direct you.

      4. In the rooms, you should get a wardrobe. That’s how it is in Abuja. We get a desk and a wardrobe and an overhead place where you can put luggage. I’m not sure about Lagos because there are more people in the room but there should be a place where you can keep your things. I’ll ask one someone so they can further clarify.

      5. From what I know, the Ada Ada notes are not available in Lagos. A friend of mine took copies to someone in the Lagos campus so I’m assuming that they are not available there. There should be alternatives but I’m not sure how good they are.

      6. I asked a friend and she said that it would be 50,000 Naira to 60,000 Naira. The textbooks are 5000 Naira and above. You’ll be buying statute books, textbooks and etc so that’s why it will be a lot. I didn’t spend up to that much. I just bought the necessary textbooks and the rest like statute books, I either downloaded or got from the ebook that the law school gave us.

      7. By that, they mean passport photographs pictures and are referring to the photograph itself, not the background. They normally ask for it in colour. The background should be white normally. I have seen red though. I haven’t submitted any in black and white in Bar 1 or Bar 2. They don’t specify that it should be black and white. Go according to what the law school has told you to bring. You’ll find out that there is a lot of chinese whispers in the law school and a lot of it tends to be incorrect information. Better to be on the safe side.

      Even if they require any photo to be in black and white, there are photographers that should be around to help you.

      8. The first thing to do for registration, from what I remember is to go the accounts department and have your receipt changed to a teller. This may change. Either way, they’ll instruct you as to the procedure you’ll have to take for registration.

      Thank you for writing to me and you are very much welcome. I appreciate it. You’ll be fine even though the registration process can be a bit frustrating.

      If you have anything else to ask, no matter how many questions, feel free to ask. πŸ™‚

    • Hi. A follow up from what you asked me. One black and white passport photograph is required (in addition to the four coloured passport photographs) and students are meant to go to the dining hall where they’ll be given a number for the registration process. This number is different from the registration number.

      The passport photographs have to be taken in regulation wear, I’m assuming it’s black and white.

      It is my advice to go through the Lagos Law School’s website. It is very informative and has everything you need to know: http://www.lawschoollagos.org

      Here’s a link for the registration details: http://www.lawschoollagos.org/how-to-register-read-first/

      • Hi Naijabrit and congrats on your bar finals!!! Iv got a few questions about the textbooks and statutes. What textbooks and statutes would you recommend for each of the modules? I’m looking to buy them before I get back to school as we havnt been posted yet. Thanks

      • Hi. Thank you so much! I wish you the best of luck in Bar 2. Which campus did you choose? It’s best to wait a bit before you buy books so that you’ll know which one suits you and the course. These are the books that I recommend.

        1. Civil Litigation – I recommend Efevwerhan’s textbook. It’s really good for this course.

        2. Criminal Litigation – I recommend Agaba’s textbook. It’s bulky but I liked reading it.

        3. Property Law Practice – I recommend Dadem’s textbook.

        4. Law in practice – I recommend A B Okoye’s textbook.

        5. Corporate Law textbook – I used Ogbuanya’s textbook. It was ok but I wasn’t really into it. There is another textbook available by Badmus. It contains the new rules. I didn’t get a chance to look through it and by the time it was introduced, I had already bought Ogbuanya’s textbook and didn’t see the need for it. When you’re buying them, look through the two textbooks first.

        As for statute books, I preferred the soft copy to buying them. The law school will give you a CD containing material on the five courses including the relevant statutes. Get the hard copies though so you can use them in class. The statutes come together in one book for the relevant courses. The most important is the book containing the Rules of Professional Conduct. Every course refers to them. It should even be the first book you get. At the end of each lecture, you’ll be asked about the relevant rules to the topic that was taught.

        Another important statute book is the one containing The Companies and Allied Matters Act and the Securities and Exchange Commission rules. Check that it has the current SEC rules because they were updated. If it doesn’t contain it, there will be a print out at mami market.

        I hope this was useful. If you need help with anything else please ask.

  4. Thank you so much babe. I chose bwari. As uncomfortable as it can be, I think it’ll be a lot better for me. If I stay in Lagos, I might forget that it is possible to fail bar 2… Lol.
    I already got the books and thankfully they are the same as the ones you recommended. I just wanted to be on the safe side because by the time I wanted to buy the criminal code, it was out of stock in the library and it never came. Smh!

    Thank u again and I definitely will! It’s looking like the toughest 1 year of my life already haha. x

  5. Hi naijabrit, are the medical tests required to be in a Nigerian hospital? Do you know if it’s possible to have them done a month before in a hospital or country of your choice? thanks.

    • Hi. From what I know, they have to be done in a Nigerian hospital. It would help to call and ask them but that might be long. It’s easier to just do it in Nigeria. A week or two before you resume is ok so that you have enough time. The weekend quick quick process I did frustrated my life. My dad was looking at me like he was saying “If you don’t keep quiet, I’ll just leave you here.” Lol.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

      • I just saw all your replies, thank you very much. I think you are brave and have a better attitude than many. I dread returning to Nigeria. The more I think of it, the more depressed I become. haha. But your blog is so helpful because you are facing the challenges squarely. Thanks for all the inspiration

      • You’re welcome and thank you. It’s normal to dread going back especially when you’re coming from a place where things run much better and there aren’t individuals shamelessly ruining the country. I’m happy you find my blog helpful and I really appreciate you reading it πŸ™‚

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  7. hi ,am writing my last exam in may 10/16 can i make it to this year’s bar part one . am studying in uganda

  8. Hey 9jabrit,

    There is a part of the application form that requires the signature of the ‘Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public’. Does this mean the form has to be sent to such a commissioner in a person’s state of origin before it is forwarded to the legal council in Abuja?

    Thank you.

    • Hi. You don’t have to take it to a commissioner in your state of origin. If you find a notary public or commissioner for oaths near you, they’ll sign and stamp the form for you for a fee.

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