Sequel to the perceived decline in the
standard of legal education in the country, the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, NIALS, released a list of top 10 law faculties in Nigerian universities.
According to a statement by the institute’s Director-General, Professor Epiphany Azinge, SAN,
the action of the Institute in releasing the names of the universities was in-line with its statutory responsibility of providing information, supervision, guidance and advice to researchers
pertaining to legal education in Nigeria.
The DG in the statement named University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of
Jos, University of Benin, Lagos State University, Ahmadu Bello University, University of Nigeria, Babcock University, University of Maiduguri and
Igbinedion University as the top 10 higher institutions. The institute said the universities were chosen after assiduous research and collation of scientific
data on Nigerian law faculties.
“Our duty demands that we undertake a project of this nature to promote standardization and for the mutual benefit of the students and institutions.
Thus, the essence of this ranking is to challenge Nigerian law faculties to improve standards in all aspect.
“This ranking is not interminable as law faculties that were not captured in the top ten rank are encouraged to improve their standards significantly so as to stand a chance in subsequent
years. Whilst those ranked are encouraged also not to rest on their oars but to work tirelessly to maintain already set standard,” Azinge added.