Nigerian Legal jargons and Acronyms For First Year Law Students



One of the most striking things you notice about law in your first year as a law student is the endless list of confusing legal jargons and acronyms that your lecturers dictate to you every day of class. You will also realize that law reports, journals and certain core statutes are abbreviated (the reason for this still eludes me) and your lecturers would act as though you already knew them without really taking the time to explain their full meaning to you. So it then means you have to learn them on your own and this can be difficult without any external help.

So if this your first year (IL) as a law student, you might find the list below of legal jargons and acronyms and their full meanings very helpful only that they apply specifically to law students in Nigeria. Sorry if I don’t have any yet for other jurisdiction. Here are just a few Nigerian legal acronyms and jargons for our law fresher’s

NIALSNigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
ICLQInternational and Comparative Law Quarterly
LQRLaw Quarterly Review


MLRModern Law Review
Nig.BJNigerian Bar journal
Nig.LJNigerian Law Journal
LRCNLaw Reports of the Courts of Nigeria
All FWLRAll Federation Weekly Law Reports
NWLRNigeria Weekly Law Reports


All NLRAll Nigeria Law Reports


CCHCJCertified Judgments of the High Court of Lagos State
NMLRNorthern Nigeria Law Reports
WNLRWestern Nigeria Law Reports


MJSCMonthly Judgments of the Supreme Court
NCLRNigerian Commercial Law Reports
CCCHCJCertified Cyclostyled Copies of High Court of Lagos State Judgments


FRNFederal Republic of Nigeria
UILRUniversity of Ife Law Reports


WACASelected Judgments of the West African Court of
SCJudgments of the Supreme Court
ACAppeal Cases
All ERALL England Law Reports
App CasLaw Reports Appeal Cases
ChLaw Reports, Chancery
EREnglish Reports
LJ. ChLaw Journal, Chancery Reports
LJ. K.bLaw Journal, Kings Bench Reports


KbLaw Reports, Kings Bench


QBLaw Reports, Queens Bench


QBD.Law Reports, Queens Bench Division
LJ, QBLaw Journal, Queens Bench Reports
WLRWeekly Law Reports


TLRTimes Law Reports
LTLaw Times
ALR COMMAfrican Law Reports (Commercial Law Series)


EAEast Africa Law Reports
CCACriminal Code Act
CPACriminal Procedure Act
CRAChild Rights Act
BOFIDThe Banks and other Financial Institutions Decree


LFNLaws of the Federation of Nigeria
CAMACompanies and Allied Matters Act


ISAInvestment and Securities Act


MAMarriage Act


MCAMatrimonial Causes Act


CFRNConstitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria


SOGAStatutes of General Application
LPALegal Practitioners Act



  1. Margaret says

    Thank you, Mr Patrick! I found this post very useful.

    1. Patrick Herbert says

      Oh really. Glad it did.

  2. Adanna says

    Thank you sir.

  3. tobi says

    this has been so helpful . thank you very much sir

    1. Patrick Herbert says

      You’re welcome.

  4. Tam Ebi says

    please who is the author of Federation of Nigeria law Reports F. N. R


    My name is ishaku muhammad LL.B 4 faculty of law yobe state university, this is my brief identification and the purpose i was comment here, is to express my gratitude and appreciation for ur helping of us thank’u for ur exhibiton…patrick herbert!!!

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