* New wigs rights are also human rights
* Two years pupilage without remuneration is exploitation
TheNigerialawyer recalls that the bill is currently at the Committee Stage awaiting the Committee’s report, which is but only the third step in the passage-process of the Bill.
Below reads the Petition
The commencement date for the legal Profession Regulation Bill is December 1st 2017.
A bill of 108 sections that purport to address and savage the destiny of the legal profession, but yet nothing is mentioned of young lawyers ugly ordeal, arbitral and obnoxious treatment by the Senior colleagues. Rather, another burden has been added to that of young lawyers, check out the following section.
86. PUPILAGE 1)
From the date of commencement of this Act, every person called to the Nigerian Bar shall undergo a mandatory pupilage for two (2) years in the office of an experienced legal practitioner in active practice or a law firm with the requisite facilities to give such training as required during the pupilage period. 2).the Legal Profession Regulation Council of Nigeria shall make rules and set the criteria for the conduct of pupilage for new wigs.
National Assembly almost done passing the bill into law, call to bar has been postponed till Dec. 12, ostensibly to ensure its effectiveness with the 2017 law school set.
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if the pupilage is desirable to its proponents because standard of legal education is falling, then such is sufficient admittance of the failure of the law school and law faculties, the way out should either be the scrapping of the law school system and overhauling of law faculties just like the american system, or make LL.B three years, with one year pupilage, and one year at the law school just like the European system.
In all, young lawyers are not less deserving of better treatment as other professionals, two years pupilage without remuneration is gross exploitation.