In view of the poor performance of re-sit candidates at the August 2014 examinations, the Board of Studies of the Council of Legal Education has directed that henceforth, re-sit candidates are to attend at least eight (8) weeks compulsory revision classes at the Nigerian Law School.
According to report, no re-sit candidate shall be allowed at the Bar Final examinations until he/she has undergone the stipulated revision classes. Details of the next re-sit examinations will be announced shortly.
Details of the Call to the Bar ceremonies for the successful candidates are as announced on the Website and Portal of the Nigerian Law School.
Describing the way the Part II Final Bar Examination turned out, a student at the Lagos Campus, Folarin Michael, said he knew of six students who not only shared the same room but also failed in the examination.
Michael said although he obtained a second-class lower degree, he believed that the hard work and sacrifices he put into the programme would have earned him a better grade.
“I graduated as the best Law student from my university with a strong second class upper degree. To say I am upset by the grade awarded me by the Law School is an understatement.
“This is not good for my career and I am not satisfied with the result because I know my abilities. But when I consider the number of my friends and associates who failed, I just take heart and thank God for my condition,” he said.
Another student, Adekunle Adeyemi, who participated in the one-year programme at the Abuja campus, alleged that the Director-General of the NLS, Mr. Olanrewaju Onadeko, literally made it a singsong that he was going to up the standard.
According to Adeyemi, Onadeko, any time he interacted with students, always insisted that he would increase the traditional pass mark from 40 to 50, with a view to raising the standard of the falling legal education.
“Rather than encourage us in our chosen field of endeavour, the DG (Onadeko) would pelt us with insults that many of us have no business to be lawyers and that some of us should take to other professions – such as fashion designing and trading?
“That kind of statement is not expected from an education administrator. I do not know the rationale behind such a statement but the outcome is now evident and everyone can see the devastating blow he has dealt with our career.
“He even threatened to increase the pass mark from 40 to 50 but after the majority of us raised an eyebrow over the development, he promised that the new rule would not take effect during our studentship.
“But how are we so sure that that is not already being implemented with this mass failure we recorded?” Adeyemi added.
Blaming the failure on the NLS management, one of the students who finished with a conditional pass at the Enugu campus, Akeem Bello, accused the authorities of changing the rules of the game.
He argued that it appeared that the DG wanted to reduce the number of graduates when he cut down on the time allotted to the various examinations.
“Records don’t lie. It is on record that from 2008 till date, the time allocated to the 100-multi choice question which carries 25 marks per subject used to be 60 minutes.
“But in the era of the new DG everything has changed. We were allowed to take the MCQ for 50 minutes and this explains why the majority of us could not finish the examination.
“You can’t start a game and suddenly shift the goal post mid-way. There was no prior information on this before the exam. This is never done,” Bello said.