FAIL AND FAIL OUT: 5 conditions Contained in the Body of Benchers Approval for NOUN Graduates to attend Law School

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Respite came the way of Law Graduates of the Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, as the Body of Benchers granted the them nod to be admitted into Nigerian Law School after years of denial and agitation.

The decision by the apex regulator of the legal profession in Nigeria was taken at its meeting held 1:30pm Thursday in the Supreme Court complex, Abuja.




  1. The Admission is limited to 1883 graduates from the Faculty of Law of the Open University of Nigeria.

The  approval is granted only to the 1,883 graduates from the Faculty of Law, Open University of Nigeria. It is not an express approval for the distant learning institution to re-open its faculty of law earlier suspended by the school.


2. The NOUN Law Faculty graduates will be admitted firstly to Bar Part 1.

The NOUN graduates will be admitted to One year remedial program of the Nigerian Law School known as BAR PART 1. The one year program is targeted at exposing them to some rudimentary laws where they will undergo another round of teaching on the core Law courses: Law of Evidence, Introduction to Nigerian Law, Land Law” among other courses. Nigerian Students from foreign universities also undergo this remedial program. It is only after passing the Bar Part 1 program that the students will then proceed to Bar Part 2, after which they will be called to Bar. The implication of this is that NOUN Law graduates will spend two years at the Law School, instead of the regular One year.

3. Fail Bar Part 1 and Fail out Forever

A major part of the approval for the NOUN Law graduates is that if they fail the BAR PART 1 program, they will fail out of the Nigerian Law School. According to information attributed to the Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, Chief Emeka Ngige SAN, the approval is subject to the condition that any of the NOUN graduates that could not pass BAR PART 1 of the Nigerian Law School will go home from there. Chief Ngige was quoted as saying, “it is not possible for a student who failed, to re-apply to the Nigerian Law School, which means that if you fail, you fail out.”………“If you pass part one, then you go to part two, if you don’t pass part one, you go home,” he emphasized.


4. Admission into Law School is not Automatic.

According to a comment attributed to Chief Emeka Ngige SAN, admission of NOUN graduates into the Nigerian Law School will not Automatic. It was not revealed in details what the NOUN graduates are required to do while applying to the Nigerian Law School, It is believed that they may be required to fulfill some conditions as may be decided by Nigerian Council of Legal Education in order to gain admission into the school.


5. Fit and Proper Rule

The NOUN graduates are also required to be FIT and PROPER for admission into the Nigerian Law School and remain so until they are called to bar.

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