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Posted by Chukwudi Nwokike on Tuesday February 28, 2012 14:38:42:

The Faculty admits students of two broad categories:
a) U.M.E. candidates (full-time only)
b) Direct Entry candidates (full-time and part-time).

Students are admitted into the respective programmes if they satisfy the general university admission requirements for direct entry and entrance examination students. In addition, all students must satisfy the Faculty entry requirements of Credit level passes in English Language and English Literature in School Certificate or its equivalent. Compulsory Credit level pass in English Literature in School Certificate/GCE has been waived for Direct Entry candidates who already possess university degrees.

U.M.E. subjects Required are:
English Language, English Literature plus any two other Arts or Social Science subjects not including local language and Fine Arts.
Direct entry candidates may possess any of the following qualifications:
a) Degree
b) Diploma - University Diploma, N.C.E., H.N.D., (No Diploma which was pursued for less than three years is recognized).
c) G.C.E. A/Level/H.S.C.

Graduation Requirements
A student must satisfactorily complete the minimum number of units prescribed for the LL.B degree in order to be eligible for the award of the degree. The prescribed minimum number of units includes the approved university special electives and the approved compulsory and elective courses of the Faculty and other departments of 195 units for UME, 159 units for Direct Entry and 166 units for part-time respectively.

Part I - 36 units compulsory and elective courses
Part II - 38 units compulsory and elective courses
Part III - 42 units compulsory and elective courses
Part IV - 38 units compulsory and elective courses
Part V - 41 units compulsory and elective courses

Direct Entry
Part I - 40 units compulsory and elective courses
Part II - 40 units compulsory and elective courses
Part III - 38 units compulsory and elective courses
Part IV - 41 units compulsory and elective courses

Part-Time Students
Part I - 32 units compulsory and elective courses
Part II - 34 units compulsory and elective courses
Part III - 32 units compulsory and elective courses
Part IV - 24 units compulsory and elective courses
Part V - 32 units compulsory and elective courses
Part VI - 30 units compulsory and elective courses

System of Teaching
Teaching of courses is by lectures and tutorials. Each course is taught by at least two lecturers. A student must have at least 75% attendance at lectures to be eligible to sit for examinations. In order to ensure attendance at lectures, the lecturers keep attendance lists regularly for each course.
Tutorials are organized for the benefit of students. The students are divided into groups of manageable sizes. Opportunity exists for meaningful discussions and active participation by the students.
From time to time, the Faculty organizes public lectures, Moot Court competitions and Seminars for the benefit of both staff and students.

Examination Method
According to the Minimum Academic Standards, the Faculty conducts examinations at the end of each Semester. Also, the continuous assessment mode of given assignments and/or tests is used in assessing the students.
The subject lecturers set examination questions. The external examiners moderate the degree examinations' questions only. The examinations are conducted in such a way as to ensure that appropriate standards are maintained. Candidates do not sit very close to each other in order to frustrate collaborative efforts. The massive involvement of all academic staff in all invigilations assists in eliminating or, at worst, redcing cheating during examinations.
Any student involved in examination malpractice appears before the Faculty's Disciplinary Committee to answer to the allegation(s). The Committee submits its report including recommendations to the Vice-Chancellor through the Dean or to the Dean as the case may be. The Vice-Chancellor, in keeping with the University's regulation on examination malpractice, sets up a Committee to further look into the matter and advise him accordingly. The only penalty for examination malpractice in this University is expulsion, which is sanctioned by the Senate.

In 1973 the idea of a reputable Law Journal coming from the Faculty was actualized. The basis for this Journal is not only to add to the existing legal knowledge in various aspects of the discipline but also to be an avenue for lawyers both at the Bench, Bar and the academia to air their views on contemporary legal issues. Production of the Journal has not been very regular due to financial and logistics problems. The latest edition was published in 2000 - 2001 as Vol. 8. We are preparing to go to press with the next edition which should be available before the beginning of next session.


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