‘NOUN’s newly approved postgraduate law programme, a Greek gift’
A public affairs analyst, Mr. Carl Umegboro has described the newly approved postgraduate law degrees without clearance of Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree for admission into the Nigerian Law School for vocational training as a “Greek gift”.
In a statement to the media in Abuja, Umegboro, who is also the chairman of the Law Graduates Forum (LGF) of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari for his intervention to ensure under national security that the trapped innocent citizens do not under any circumstances miss the forthcoming batch of intakes in the Nigerian Law School, precisely January-2020 session as citizens that completed their undergraduate law programme in an accredited government institution cannot continue to roam the streets for no just course.
The LGF Chairman explained that the approval of the postgraduate programme, when the first degree has not been cleared, is seemingly deceitful as it cannot solve the problems on ground.
“Emphatically, LLM is merely for specialisation and not a requirement for admission into the law school. As I speak, they are hundreds of senior lawyers that rose to the position of SAN (Senior Advocate of Nigeria) without going for or getting LLM degree.
“Hence, it is merely a Greek gift to introduce a postgraduate programme when their vocational training which is the most important programme in the discipline is facing huddles.
“Clearly, what is urgently needed is admission into the law school first. Of course, Masters programme is not a bad idea as NOUN is suitably proficient for the approval, however, it can commendably be accepted when law graduates are freely allowed to go for vocational training like their counterparts, hence not a serious issue at the moment,” he said.
Nonetheless, Umegboro commended the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) for astutely giving approval for the postgraduate degrees; Master of Law (LL.M) and also Master of International Law and Diplomacy (MILD), and therefore called on the Council of Legal Education (CLE) to follow suit to urgently remove the victimized innocent students from the streets since 2013 the first set graduated.
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