A total of 1,562 successful candidates in the April 2018 Bar final examination of the Nigerian Law School were on Tuesday called to the Nigerian Bar.
While addressing the new wigs, Professor Isa Hayatu Chiroma, Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, said the School, in collaboration with Law Faculties and stakeholders in the legal profession, has embarked on aggressive review of its curriculum.
The reviewed curriculum will include teaching of ethics, legal writing, teaching methodology and methods of assessment to address the complaints of low quality of lawyers.
He stressed that the School is a training arm of the Council of Legal Education, with headquarters in Abuja and Campuses in Lagos, Enugu, Kano, Yenagoa as well as Yola; and that over 6, 000 students are trained from all the locations annually.
He enthused that in about 55 years of its existence, the School has had an uninterrupted session as there has never been an incident of the closure of the institution on account of student unrest, strike action by staff or for any other reason.
Chiroma therefore advised the new lawyers to ensure strict adherence to the norms and ethics of the legal profession.
Stressing the point that the new wigs should eschew any act of professional misconduct, Chairman of the Body of Benchers, Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu, warned that acts of misconduct by any of the new lawyers could make him or her face the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
While advising them to shun vices capable of denting their image and that of the legal profession, Dalhatu also encouraged them to be honest, respect the rule of Law and to always demonstrate highest level of professional decorum in discharging their duties.
He further admonished them to always adhere to and be guided by the Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) to avoid practices that could make them run foul of the rules.
“Where complaint is made against your conduct in your capacity as a legal practitioner, the alleged offence would be put side by side the provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct to see if there is a prima-facie case against you,” he said.
He added, “Once that is established, such a lawyer will face the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC) for appropriate sanctions.”
Dalhatu disclosed that the LPDC, which is the disciplinary body of the NBA, has, between January to July this year, disbarred seven lawyers, suspended twelve and admonished one.
Also, Amasa Firdaus, the law graduate who sparked controversy for challenging the restriction on use of hijab during call-to-bar ceremonies, has been called to bar.
Firdaus was called on Tuesday, having been earlier denied entry into the hall for the December ceremony that took place at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
She had refused to remove her hijab.
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Author: Stephen Ubimago