The Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin is one of the foremost law faculties in Nigeria. The faculty was initially established in 1983 as a unit in the Department of Business Administration, under the headship of Professor Eyitayo Lambo. By 1984, it was upgraded to a full department in the Faculty of Business and Social sciences. The then head of the law department was Professor R.W. James.
The Law degree programme was initially established in the 1983/1984 academic session as a department in the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences. It was canceled in 1986/1987 and was re-established in 1993/1994 as a full-fledged Faculty. Now the Faculty of Law is one of the most prestigious Law faculties in Nigeria with well over 40 intellectually sound teaching staff supported by the most astute and friendly administrative staff. Its entry requirements were most exacting with a view to producing legal practitioners and intellectuals from the most enviable cream of students available.
COURSES ON THE CUTTING EDGE
The Faculty is currently engaged in teaching courses of the most specific relevance to students in the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In this vein, the Faculty has encouraged the teaching staff to research into areas that have some novelty. The teaching staff which consists of 6 professors, several doctorate degree holders and holders of masters degrees in law (who are all currently Ph. D students in several institutions both nationally and internationally) have been encouraged to achieve expertise in areas like Law of Cyberspace, Arbitration, International Economic Law, Law of International Institutions and Forensic and Clinical Legal Studies.
Currently, the Forensic and Clinical Legal Studies programme is being mooted as a compulsory course for all students which will entail obtaining skills in evidence gathering, general advocacy, legal writing, presentation, client interviewing, ethics, access to justice, pro bono endeavours, social change and such other areas of study that a solicitor or advocate will require. In trying to give a more rounded practical study, the student will be required to serve periods of internships with law chambers, courts, non-governmental organizations and other institutions or persons relevant to the knowledge of practical “lawyering”.
- To give students an understanding of the law subjects and general principles of law that are essential for every law graduate and lawyer in achieving the cutting edge in legal practice;
- To provide students with training in the basic and specific detailed skills essential for lawyers which includes analysis, research, writing, advocacy and problem-solving;
- To give students an appreciation of the role of law and lawyers in their own society and in the global community that will better equip them to deal with the challenges of emerging cultural integration, globalization, and technological advancement;
- Have a basic understanding of the nature of municipal and International Law and as such be able to theorize as to its viability as law forms;
- Distinguish between different genre of International Law and municipal law while being able to understand the several philosophies relating to this relationship as well as the comparative legal regimes in different jurisdictions for making local laws, international treaties, conventions and agreement enforceable locally while at all times seeking the fact of viability of local laws in relation to international legal nuances.
- Have a theorization of law specific to the individual and his place in the international sphere in his relationship to his country and his country’s relationship with other nations in terms of his rights and duties.
- Have a fuller understanding of the realities of our time as dictated by war and strife as well as an internet age especially in respect of concepts like International Economic Law, Law of Cyberspace with specific reference to cybercrime, extradition, asylum, rendition etc
- Have a complete knowledge of the sources of municipal and International Law and what elements are characteristic of both in terms of its sources; and
- To have a good understanding of the legal and political realities of our time both in terms of consular and diplomatic issues as well as with respect to the interaction between nations on the basis of national sovereignty both in the West African sub-region and the world at large
The admission requirements into the Faculty are as follows:
1. U. M. E. Entry Requirement
- i) Candidates should have a minimum of five O’ Level credits in GCE/SSCE/NECO or its equivalent in Arts/Social Sciences/Commercial Subjects including English Language, Literature in English and Mathematics. A pass in Mathematics may be considered.
- ii) Candidates should offer any three Arts or Social Sciences subjects including Literature in English
2. Direct Entry Requirements
- i) Candidates should possess a minimum of two ‘A’ level Passes in GCE/IJMB or its equivalent in Arts or Social Science subjects, or
- ii) Diploma in Law (Upper Credit) from recognized institutions; or
- iii) First degree from a recognized university;
- iv) The following qualifications may be considered in lieu of ‘A’ Level subjects for Direct entry admissions, H. N. D., A. C. I. S., A. C. A., A. C. C., A. I. B., LL. B. (Inter) of University of London
- v) Such candidates must meet the U. M. E. entry requirements of a minimum of five ‘O’ Level credit Passes including English Language, Literature in English and Mathematics. A pass in Mathematics may be considered.
- vi) Degree holders need not possess Literature in English and Mathematics