*Says 681 candidates fail Law School exams

The Nigerian Law School says out of the 1,561 candidates who sat for the December examination, 880 passed.

The Director-General of the School, Professor Isa Ciroma, made this known, on Tuesday, in Abuja, while presenting the new wigs to the Body of Benchers at the 2020 Call to the Bar ceremony.

He said that the new wigs had met all the required and set conditions by the Council of Legal Education.

“I am happy to affirm that they all have exhibited good manners and decorum during their training. They have also been groomed in the best ethics and ethos of our noble profession.

“The screening committee of our distinguished body carefully perused the records of each of the aspirants and found them worthy to be presented for the Call to the Nigerian Bar,” he added.

Ciroma said that the school had begun a special remedial course for students from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

“The programme began on June 28 at the Nigerian Law School Headquarters, Bwari, Abuja. We thank all distinguished members of the Body of Benchers for their support,” he said.

Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, the Chairman, Body of Benchers, congratulated the new wigs and charged them to adhere to the provision of rules regarding the profession at all times.

“As a lawyer, you are an officer of the court and accordingly, you are not to do any act or conduct yourselves in a manner that will obstruct or adversely affect the course of justice.

“The practice of law is not a right but a privilege. It is a privilege that can be lost should you fail to live up to the requisite professional standards imposed upon you by virtue of your entry into the community of lawyers.

“You must, therefore, strictly adhere to the provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct and maintain best practices at all times,” he added.

He stressed that the Body of Benchers Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee was always determined to discipline any lawyer found wanting or breaching set rules of the profession.

Rhodes-Vivour said that the committee had been carrying out its mandate “in a just and fair manner” without giving any room for compromise or ill-will.

He said that between January and July, the committee disbarred six lawyers and suspended some for between two and four years, while one lawyer was admonished during the period.

Rhodes-Vivour advised the graduates to continue to update their knowledge on both statute and case law in order to attain more understanding on international jurisdictions. NAN

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