Repositioning Nigerian Authorized Training for A Globally Aggressive Authorized Market in The Twenty first Century
The outdated adage stays that change is fixed and regulation is an instrument of social engineering. Subsequently, as society adjustments so do regulation. The authorized world is and can proceed expertise adjustments. The very best that the directors of authorized schooling can do is to embraced the adjustments moderately than been defensive or considering on methods to cease it from taking place.
The Nigerian authorized system is experiencing radical adjustments in follow. It’s pertinent to increase these adjustments to the standard lecture room of authorized schooling. This paper seeks to debate the temporary historical past of authorized schooling in Nigeria, the present state of the authorized schooling, adjustments within the authorized world, the necessity to reposition the authorized schooling and eventually, the way in which ahead.
THE BRIEF HISTORY OF LEGAL EDUCATION IN NIGERIA
In August 1860 Lagos was ceded to the Queen of England consequently turned a British colony. Subsequently, all legal guidelines relevant in England turned relevant to Lagos. Nonetheless, there was scarcity of certified practitioner throughout this period. Subsequently, the Supreme Court docket Ordinance of 1876 was promulgated for the aim of admission of extra individuals to follow regulation in Nigeria. Nonetheless, from 1876—1959 these working towards regulation in Nigeria have been principally overseas skilled legal professionals subsequently had little or no concept of indigenous customary regulation in Nigeria. In 1959 Unsworth Committee was set as much as look within the matter and the committee made the next suggestions.
- To have a Nigerian authorized schooling system
- A council of authorized schooling needs to be arrange
- School of regulation needs to be established in Nigerian universities ranging from College of Ibadan.
- A Nigerian Regulation College needs to be established in Lagos.
Qualification for admission within the regulation faculty needs to be by acquiring regulation diploma from college acknowledged by the Council of Authorized Training andthe vocational court docket prescribed.
Until date the requirement of the Nigerian authorized schooling is to check regulation within the college, get name to bar and develop into the barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court docket of Nigeria. The necessary query to be requested is that, is the Nigerian authorized schooling actually qualifying legal professionals to deal with what they meet within the authorized market? This query will lead me to debate the subsequent sub heading.
THE CURRENT LEGAL EDUCATION
The authorized market is altering quickly whereas the Nigerian authorized schooling curricula sadly, is just not altering on the identical tempo or not altering in any respect. You will need to notice that a number of technological improvements have emerged within the discipline of regulation however the Nigerian authorized schooling curricula should not altering to satisfy the present authorized demand within the authorized market. It’s worthy of notice that authorized schooling curricula must be natural moderately than being static. Gone are the times the place authorized career is understood for conservatism and traditionalism.
I completed my secondary faculty and college schooling with out little or no sensible data of pc. My first sensible expertise with a pc was on the Nigerian Regulation College. This will likely sound humorous however it’s the fact. Our typical authorized schooling, sorry to say is a cabbage in cabbage out. It’s excessive time that expertise are inculcated into the Authorized Training Curriculum. Within the authorized market, it’s inconceivable to see a regulation agency working with out a pc set. And legal professionals churned out of the Regulation College yearly prepared to enter the authorized market with out little or no data of pc. It could be shocking to notice that with out pc data some regulation companies might not even make use of a totally certified lawyer. It’s excessive time the curricula of the Authorized Training be mannequin on this course to satisfy the demand within the authorized market. The attitude of Authorized Training needs to be, because the authorized market shall be not because it as soon as was.
CHANGES IN THE LEGAL MARKET AND THE NEED TO REPOSITION THE NIGERIAN LEGAL EDUCATION
Data know-how is inflicting drastic adjustments within the authorized market and if pressing step is just not taken to convey the Nigerian authorized schooling curricula updated, it’ll find yourself bringing out outdated legal professionals. It’s merely inconceivable that info know-how will radically alter all nook of financial system and society and but someway authorized works shall be exempted from any change.
Having mentioned that, it’s pertinent to debate among the adjustments within the authorized market as brought on by applied sciences
E- MAIL COMMUNICATION
That is additionally name email correspondence. It’s a technique of exchanging messages between folks utilizing digital machine. It’s alternate of computer- saved messages by telecommunications. E- mail is nearly taken over each type of sending messages within the authorized industries. Even majorities of regulation companies technique of employment is predicated on E-mail. Just lately the Supreme Court docket of Nigeria okay email correspondence as technique of communication between the court docket and legal professionals.
It was the outdated follow for legal professionals to hold huge books to courts to point out how severe they’re. These days clever legal professionals don’t go about with huge books however devices. With only a small android cellphone within the lawyer’s arms he can accesses the entire world. Authorized analysis is wholly turning to digital base with the appearance of various platforms in authorized industries. In Nigeria, we’ve Lawpavilion which has virtually all of the legal guidelines, even some textbooks. Just lately, on 14th June 2020. Lawpavilion lunch E-law of Lagos state. Equally, there are different technological disruptions reminiscent of Legalpedia, Lawstrive, Legalpedra and so forth. Within the international scene we’ve disruptive applied sciences reminiscent of IBM, Legalzone,Willmaker, Ravellaw and Casetext.
Social media are interactive mediated applied sciences that facilitate the creation or sharing of knowledge, concepts profession curiosity and different types of expression by way of digital communication and community. Such social media platforms are Fb, WhatsApp, YouTube, Instagram, and twitter and so forth. Cybercrimes at the moment are widespread particularly on social media.
VIRTUAL COURT SITTING
Video convention, zooming, webinars at the moment are widespread technique of gathering. The Supreme Court docket of Nigeria just lately okay digital listening to. On 26-28th August, 2020the Nigerian bar affiliation (NBA) held its first ever digital convention. This can be a affirmation that know-how altering a number of issues within the typical authorized world. These days, college students do on-line presentation by means of zooming or webinarespecially on this pandemic period. It is going to be a technological flip round if scholar are correctly taught on methods to use such rising applied sciences.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)
Synthetic intelligence is outlined by Britannica as the power of digital pc management robotic to carry out process generally related to clever being. The phrases is often utilized to undertaking of growing system endowed with mental processes and attribute of human, reminiscent of capability to cause, uncover, which means, generalize, or study from previous expertise. Instance of such is the achievement of WATSON, IBM AI, based mostly system that competed in a reside broad solid in 2011 on the US tv common data quiz present jeopardy. Surprisingly WATSON beat the present two most interesting ever human contestants. Although AI is just not in style in Nigeria, it’ll positively take the house of some authorized service within the close by future particularly on this period of pandemic. God forbid but when a pandemic like covid-19 floor once more, folks might completely resort to make use of of robotic for the sake of social distance.
THE WAY FORWARD
The Council of Authorized Training wants to vary their curricula to incorporate pc schooling. Sensible pc schooling needs to be taught from college to regulation faculty degree. It needs to be the goal of the Council that no lawyer ought to come out of the regulation faculty with out sensible data of pc. We’re progressively attending to an period the place energy level slides might care for bodily court docket sitting by means of digital listening to.
Entrepreneurial ability needs to be full included into the authorized schooling curricula. Authorized follow itself is a type of enterprise. On this 21st century liberalization is progressively taken over the authorized market. It’s excessive time legal professionals additionally skilled from all side as a way to adapt within the occasion of challenges within the authorized market.
It’s also necessary for Nigerian Authorized Training system to introduce programs that may be taken by overseas lecturers, skilled from totally different space of applied sciences eg. Apple firm, HP,Microsoft and so on. this lecture could be carried out on-line, or by means of webinar. Collaboration and partnership throughout geographical boundaries within the authorized market is of a fantastic significance to the Nigerian authorized schooling.
It’s also the opinion of this author that logic needs to be taught within the regulation faculty. Most points of authorized works in follow cope with logic. Subsequently, there’s nothing if lawyer are properly skilled to satisfy the challenges forward. I used to be invited for a take a look at in AELEX LEGAL; it was my first time of seeing questions(LSAT and GMAT) or listening to about it. If I used to be correctly skilled, it wouldn’t have been a problem to me because it was that day.
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-Mamman T. Globalization and Challenges for authorized Training in Nigeria.
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Title: Ejeh Damian Ejeh
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Tackle: FCT Abuja Nigeria.
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