Studying law is immensely expensive in Nigeria as elsewhere. But given the state of the Nigerian economy and the all-pervading recession going on in the country the authorities ought to have done something to lessen the financial burden borne by all law school aspirants. But it remains to be seen if that call would be headed.
The cost of attending the Nigerian Law School stands at N295, 000 Naira and if we throw in the living expenses for the entire one year duration of the program and other incidental expenses, the sum could rise to nearly half a million Naira. That is somewhat huge considering the fact that students don’t spend anything near that amount in getting a 5 year LLB. In Nigeria.
To my way of thinking, the mammoth law school financial requirement must have been designed to act as a bottle neck to discourage the influx of people in the legal profession. With that said, let’s high light the Nigerian Law School requirements in the ensuing paragraphs.
Nigerian Law School Requirement
To be eligible to be admitted into the one year compulsory law school training, you must have successfully completed a law undergraduate degree (in this case an LLB.). The courses offered at the Nigerian Law School, include Criminal Litigation, Civil Litigation, Property Law Practice, Corporate Law Practice and Law in Practice (ethics and skills).
Cost of attending the Nigerian Law School
The cost of attending the Nigerian Law School has been fairly stable over the years and the figures relied on here are based on the fees charged for the present 2016/2017 session. They are divided into those for Nigerians and Foreigners.
|Hostel Caution Deposit||N10,000|
|Sports & Recreational Facilities||N5,000|
|The Nigerian Law & Practice Journal||N7,000|
|Examination Bar Part II||N25,000|
|Student Year Book||N4,000|
|Postages by Courier||N2,000|
|V-Sat and Info Tech||N30,000|
In the case of foreigners seeking admission at the Nigerian Law School, they are equally mandated to pay the same amount for every item on the above list with the exception of tuition for the Bar II and the fees for the Bar II exam. For the Bar II tuition, foreigners are required to pay $2, 500 dollars (N900,000 naira) as against the $30 dollars (N10,000 naira) levied on Nigerians. As for the Bar Part II exam fees, foreigners are to pay the total sum of $500.00 dollars. In total, foreigners are to pay $3,000 dollars (N1million naira) plus an additional $720 dollars (N260,000 naira) compared to $816 dollars (N295,000 naira) Nigerians are to pay in total.
Update: Guys, I just gathered that a lot of you are planning on attending the Nigerian Law School this year. But it appears from the messages I’ve been getting that some of you would like to have more information about the admission process. I’d like to assist you all in whatever small way I can. So you can direct whatever inquiries you have to me, filling out the contact form on this website and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Cheers
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