This assessment by PositiveNaija aims to provide a reliable guide on the overall standard of Nigerian universities offering law as an academic course and degree.
This inaugural assessment is a part of a periodic monitoring by PositiveNaija on selected disciplines/courses offered by Nigerian universities, which largely constitute the core areas of the work done on PositiveNaija with the aim of promoting the culture of impactful scholarship and academic excellence in the Nigerian educational sector.
The focal disciplines/courses include:
- Anthropology and Sociology
- Diplomacy/International Relations
- Mass Communication (Journalism and Media Studies, Broadcasting, etc.)
The study of law and its practice is significant in establishing meaningful social interactions and societies; providing safety and protection; ensuring justice.
“Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
This assessment on the quality of Nigerian universities offering law as an academic course and degree is hinged on certain parameters or factors.
- Factor 1: Accreditation
Indicator: Accreditation report by the National Universities Commission of Nigeria (NUC) and Council of Nigerian Legal Education.
Source: NUC website
This factor takes into consideration the qualifying elements for the course of Law: Law library strength; physical and technological infrastructure; number and quality of relevant staff; etc.
Thus, in this assessment of recommended universities, only universities with full accreditation (not interim or denied) for the course of law (undergraduate) have been provided.
- Factor 2: Quality of Education
Indicator: The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.
This factor takes into consideration the ranking of the best universities in Nigeria offering Law: Teaching (the learning environment); Research (volume, income and reputation); Citations (research influence); International outlook (staff, students and research); and Industry income (knowledge transfer).
Thus, in this assessment of recommended universities, only the best universities in Nigeria according to the THE World University ranking are featured.
The recommended Nigerian universities have also been listed in the order of their performance in the The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.
Reference: U.S. News & World Report L.P. | QS World University Rankings
- Factor 3: Performance in Moot Competitions both national and international.
Indicator: Winners of reputable moot competitions for law students in Nigerian universities (Top three winners or epic/history-defining feats).
Source: Various sources
Reference: Annual Moot and Mock Competitions (Nigeria/Africa/Global)
For the year 2020, the corona-virus (COVID-19) pandemic significantly affected the input for this factor.
- Factor 4: Job employability
Indicator: Most employable Nigerian universities
Source: The Nigerian Graduate Report 2018 by Stutern.
This factor will be recorded in percent as stated in the report of the source relied on. In the report, Law has been declared among the top 10 (7th) most employed graduate courses.
- Factor 5: Accessible information relevant about the Faculty.
Indicator and source: Online – website of the respective university/faculty
This factor takes into consideration information available on the following: curriculum; names and contact of the faculty (email and/or phone number); profile/CV and contact of staff and management; number of total law students; seminars, conferences, research; tuition and other relevant fees; etc.
This factor will be recorded as “Available”, “Good” and “Excellent” accordingly.
Last updated on 10th of September 2020.
|Universities||Performance in moot competitions||Job employability||Accessible information|
|University of Ibadan (UI)||–||61.76%||Good|
|Lagos State University (LASU)||–||58.49%||–|
|University of Lagos (UNILAG)||–||58.13%||Available|
|University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN/ UNEC)||–||68.18%||Good|
|Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)||–||59.30%||Good|
*This assessment was first written by Toju Micheal Ogbe on the 9th of September, 2020 and was last modified on the 10th of September, 2020.
*Immense gratitude to the following contributors on suggesting and refining the parameters/factors as well provision of relevant data: Christopher Ewurum and Susan Chioma Omeh.
*A review and update of the assessment will be done periodically.
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