Law School is usually portrayed as a tasking and expensive vocational programme for lawyers. But at the just concluded 2018 Call to Bar ceremony of the Nigerian Law School in Abuja, the Director General of the school, Prof. Hayatu Chiroma, announced that out of the 161 lawyers who graduated with first class, 131 are female.

Some of the young female new wigs shared their experiences on how they coped with the programme: combining learning and practice in the legal academic system with extra-curricular activities. Excerpts:

Sadiya Wada Abubakar, 25

It was an amazing experience because before you go to the Law School, it is believed to be a different place. People find it difficult to cope, but that is not the case. If you take it to be difficult, it will be, but if you take it to be easy, it will be easy, and it will come and pass.

If I am to advice others, I wouldn’t advise them that it is a hard place to be.

Favour Ime, 23

It was very challenging, especially because I didn’t do my law education in Nigeria. It made it difficult for me to get acquainted with Nigerian laws. But with time, I was able to grasp what I was being taught.

I enjoyed myself because I met a lot of people. It was an intensive experience but by God’s Grace, I was involved in extracurricular activities. I was the vice president of the Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON).

Joana Kolo-Manma, 21 It was a very good experience, although quite challenging. You can imagine having to do a curriculum that ought to be for three years in just 10 months. That is so much work. And I also got to learn so much work through the internship programme where we went to law firms. My experience generally was a very good one.I really wasn’t so social because I really wanted to make a first class; I eventually got a 2.1 For the young ones, I advise that if they want to go to Law School, they should start early. Law School is not […]

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