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Published On: Sun, May 11th, 2014

Varsity don tasks law students on clinic legal education

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By Usman Shuaibu

The Head of Department of Public Law at the University of Lagos, Prof. Akin Ibidapo – Obe, has called on law students across the country to remain committed to Clinical Legal Education (CLE) in order to be skills oriented in law after their graduation in the universities.

Ibidapo – Obe, made this call while presenting a paper entitled, “The Development and Integration of a Clinical Legal Educational system: Problems and Prospects” during the annual law week organised by the law students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN) University of Abuja chapter.

According to him, CLE will shape the students to be better professionals.

He urged the National Universities Commission (NUC) to make clinical legal education mandatory for the curriculum of all law facilities to ensure maximum impact of legal education on the Nigerian legal system.

The varsity don appealed to the stakeholders in law profession to consider a review of the relevant law to allow students to appear in court in selected cases.

Speaking earlier, the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Dahiru Mustapher called for the review of the law to suit the present realities on ground.

Mustapher urged the law students to face their studies squarely, saying that the primary purpose of law is social justice.

On his part, the caretaker committee chairman of the association, Mr. Jide Akinrinlola, said his administration would continue to provide purposeful leadership capable of satisfying the aspirations of the students.

He called on the members to co-operate with him to move the association to the next level.

The chairman, however, disclosed that the leadership of the association was able to finance the constitution review committee set – up by the law faculty to look into gray areas of the constitution.

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