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Body of Benchers admits 880 new lawyers into legal profession *Law School okay special remedial course for NOUN law graduates

The Body of Benchers on Tuesday in Abuja  admitted 880 successful candidates of Nigerian Law School into legal profession.

The   ceremony known as “Call to Bar” took place at Eagle Square Abuja the Federal Capital Territory .

In an  address, the Chairman of Body of Benchers, Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, implored the new wigs to always uphold the tenets of the rule of law where ever they found themselves.

“As members of a learned and noble profession, you will be required to carry out your duties in a professional manner.

“This entails demonstrating a high sense of civility, honesty, integrity and compliance with laid clown rules and regulations.

“You must commit yourself to the fair administration of justice and to doing your part in facilitating true access to justice.

“Once again, I extend my sincere congratulations to all the new wigs and formally address you as my learned Friends.

“Always remember how much you have laboured in time past and the sacrifices your loved ones have made for you to succeed and strive to exhibit the highest sense of responsibility which the legal profession is known for all over the world.

“Having achieved this milestone, may your lives be forever enriched,” Justice Rhodes-Vivour stated.

He warned that the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, LPDC, would not hesitate wield the big stick against any lawyer whose conduct “negate the sacrosanct standards of the profession or amount to infamous conduct in a professional respect”.

In his address, the Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Professor Isah Chiroma, stated that 618 candidates who had intention of becoming  lawyers could not make it as failed the December 2020 Bar final examinations. 
Professor Chiroma said the successful candidates were part of a total of 1,561 students that participated in the examinations.

Prof. Chiroma said that Council of Legal Education has approved special remedial course at the Nigerian Law for graduates of National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN. 

He said henceforth law graduates of National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, would be permitted to do the special remedial course at the Nigerian Law School.