Nigerian Legal jargons and Acronyms For First Year Law Students

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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

JOURNALS
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
NIGERIAN LAW REPORTS
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
CapChapter
UILRUniversity of Ife Law Reports

 

WACASelected Judgments of the West African Court of
SCJudgments of the Supreme Court
FOREIGN LAW REPORTS
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
NIGERIAN STATUTES
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

 

 

5 Comments
  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.

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