The director general of the Nigerian Law School, Olanrewaju Onadeko, who disclosed this at the Call-to-Bar ceremony held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, said the number includes 14 candidates from the previous Bar final examinations.
Onadeko said the April 2015 examinations were written by resit students after two months of intensive preparation, adding that the students’ performance at the examinations vindicated the decision of the Council of Legal Education for a compulsory intensive revision exercise for students.
According to the Nigerian Law School boss, four candidates out of the total number of 3,600 that were called to the Bar came out with First Class, 109 obtained the Second Class Upper grade, 418 were classified in the Second Class Lower division and 1, 422 attained the pass grade.
Onadeko added that the total number of passes at the examinations was 1, 953, while 815 students failed the examinations outrightly, even though he said there was a rising level of focus and diligence among the students of the Nigerian Law School.
He said the school has never had its programmes (academic or others) interrupted in its 52 years of existence, adding that it is the disruptions in the academic programmes of universities that are posing a challenge to the school, a situation, he noted, resulted in the “backlog class” the school had this year.
The curriculum of the school, he said, is designed to prepare students for call-to-bar and purposeful career, adding, “I have no doubt that the candidates here present have availed themselves of skills, knowledge, values and attributes to build upon for successful careers at the bar”.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, who also spoke at the event, congratulated the new wigs for passing the bar final examinations and for being found worthy in both character and learning as certified by the Council of Legal Education.
The CJN charged the new lawyers to exhibit the highest level of professional ethics and decorum as the legal profession is known for its sanctity, integrity, honesty, objectivity and respect for the rule of law.