To become a lawyer, you must have met the following basic requirements:
1. You must have studied law at the university and passed the basic courses as stipulated by the Council of Legal Education in Nigeria.
2. You must have the qualifying certificate from Nigerian Law School by passing the Bar Examinations and be ascertained by the body of Benchers to be a “Fit and Proper” person.
3. You must have been called to the Nigerian Bar by the body of Benchers.
These are the basic qualifications to practice law in Nigeria. However, to qualify for admission into any Nigerian University to study law, you must have a minimum of five credits to include English Language, Literature in English, and Mathematics.
The entrance examination is Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) organized by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) , where candidates are required to sit for three arts or social science subjects, in addition to English Language which is compulsory for all candidates.
For admission through the direct entry, candidates must possess two ‘A’ level passes in Arts or Social Science subjects. Those with National Certificate in Education/ Ordinary National Diploma (NCE/OND)/First Degree (Second Class Lower) in relevant areas, stand to be considered for direct entry admission as well.
Qualification awarded in the universities is L.L.B and this takes a minimum of five years for UTME entrants and four years for direct entry students.