Welcome to the Faculty of Law, Nasarawa State University, Keffi famously known as the NSUKLAW. Our dynamic community of leading scholars, highly qualified students, and distinguished law students’ body is constantly growing and advancing. NSUKLAW is distinctive, unique, and simply outstanding.
Our Faculty’s commitment to scholarship and teaching is unrivaled among its contemporaries. We have assembled an extraordinary group of scholars whose influence on a wide spectrum of public policy and academic issues is recognized nationally on an almost daily basis. Our Faculty members bring an unparalleled devotion to teaching and a shared goal of enabling students to succeed.
The Faculty operates a curriculum that provides students with the critical foundation in law, and also encompasses emerging issues in critical areas such as environmental, resources and intellectual property law, and in line with the requirement of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Council of Legal Education (CLE).
We have a highly motivated and diverse student body made up of students from across the country that take passionate and active interest both in creating a vibrant Faculty community and in the wider community through a variety of issues and causes.
The Faculty has a world-class academic structure, featuring state-of-the-art library facilities, a fully established moot courtroom, and extraordinary spaces for studying and building community. The students’ centre which houses the Law Clinic, Moot court, students’ common room and students’ offices though still undergoing improvement will soon be a place you will want to be; during your brief leisure time of course.
Innovative academic programmes, including our highly-regarded Law Practice which exposes our students to the realities of law practice on the field and what is expected of them as legal practitioners.
Our students enjoy a wide array of Law clinics and pro bono programs that encourage them to obtain hands-on experience and represent clients, under the supervision of experienced lawyers, in civil matters and criminal cases as well as adding glow to the NSUK community in particular and Keffi city at large.
Our moot court has offered our students with the best source of practical contact exposing our students to the complex nature of criminal and civil litigation. A strong record of placing our students on the highway to quality first jobs or self reliance upon graduation, even in this challenging job market.
Our Faculty ranks one of the best in the International Air and Space Law with its remarkable and highly commendable achievement in the 2012 International Air and Space Law Moot Court Competition in Abu-Dhabi when the NSUKLAW came 6th worldwide.
At NSUK LAW, we are working towards a common goal: to become and be recognized as one of the outstanding Faculties of law in the Nigeria and the preeminent institution training lawyers for Nasarawa State which is why we have developed A TRADITION OF HARDWORK as our motto. Whether you are a prospective student, a current student, a graduate, a practitioner, or a guest, we invite you to join us and look forward to welcoming you.
For those among you that will eventually become part of this amazing community, our rules and codes of ethics are meant to be respected and practiced, and not ignored and trampled upon. We have introduced a system of blacklisting students who dare to exercise their new found liberty beyond the ethical limits; we will not look back when taking appropriate and stern disciplinary actions against those that may choose the path of incivility and inappropriate conduct.
Welcome to our world and we wish you a successful stay. OUR DRESS CODE IS STRICT FOR ALL FORMAL OCCASSIONS AND THE MORAL CODE FOR ALL OCCASSIONS.
Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana Ph.D, LL.M, BL, LL.B(Hons), Notary Public
Faculty of Law, Nasarawa State University, Keffi-Nigeria.
[/tab_item] [tab_item title=”ABOUT US”] It was recognized at the very inception of the Nasarawa State University Keffi that a separate Law Faculty should be established to meet the increasing demand for the training of lawyers in the country. The Faculty of Law started in the 2002/2003 session admitting students from all over the country. The Faculty commenced its academic programme with 50 students.
The Faculty at inception was established with two departments, the Department of Private and Business Law and Department of Public and International Law. However, there is a proposal at the moment to remodel the Faculty into four Departments, namely, the Department of Public and Private Law, the Department of Property and Commercial Law, the Department of Islamic and Customary Law and the Department of International Law and Jurisprudence.
The pioneering academic staff of the Faculty were four: Professor J.N. Aduba who was the first Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Isa, Mr. John Shishi and Dr. Abdulkarim A. Kana.
Since the establishment of the Faculty, its students’ population has been increased from 50 students to 287 as at January 2013.
The Faculty runs a five year degree programme in law leading to the award of a Degree of Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.).
In line with the NUC Minimum Academic Standards, students are required to take non-law courses including courses in computer applications. The courses offered by the Faculty are aimed at training students, who upon graduation can proceed to the Nigerian Law School for purposes of being called to the Bar. While students who do not intend to take legal practice as a career may find other career prospects in the public and private sectors of the country and abroad.
The Faculty during its seven (7) years of existence has had the following Deans and Coordinator.
|Professor James Nnamdi Aduba||2002-2003|
|Dr. Y. Isa (Coordinator)||2003-2004|
|Late Professor Ebere Osieke||2005-2006|
|Professor R.C. Chhangani||2006-2009|
|Prof. Onje Gye-Wado||2009-2009|
|Prof. Maxwell Gidado||2009-Date|
The Faculty of Law has a Dean, who is in charge of general administration. He is assisted by a Sub-Dean. In addition to these two offices, there is a Faculty Board which is the highest academic body within the Faculty. The Board is responsible to the University Senate. The Faculty Board consists of its academic staff, with the Dean as Chairman. The Faculty Officer is the Secretary to the Board and is also the Chief Administrative Officer of the Faculty. He works closely with the Dean in the performance of his duties. The Faculty Board meets once every month ordinarily and may also meet when the need arises.
The academic staff of the Faculty are involved in various activities including teaching, research, supervision of long essays or research projects, coaching for moot court trials, serving as staff advisers to each of the classes and Law Students Association.
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To qualify for admission, a candidate must possess at least Senior School Certificate or G.C.E. ‘O’ Level with credit passes in five (5) subjects, including English Language, Literature in English and Mathematics.
Acceptable ‘O’ level results must be obtained at not more than two sittings.
A candidate must also have an acceptable score in the University Matriculation Examination (JAMB UME).
The Faculty may admit Direct Entry candidates who meet the following criteria:
- Undergraduate Degree or Higher National Diploma (HND) in any course, preferably, in the Humanities together with recently obtained Credit passes in at least 5 ‘O’ Level subjects including English Language, Literature in English and Mathematics;
- Acceptable ‘A’ Level grade points in the Interim Joint Matriculation Examination (IJMB) together with recently obtained 5 Credit passes in ‘O’ Level subjects including English Language, Literature in English and Mathematics; and
- Successful performance in a face-to-face screening interview conducted to assess candidates’ communication skills and character.
The Degree Classifications for the undergraduate law programme are contained in the table below:
If a student’s CGPA is below 1.00 at the end of a particular year of study, such a student earns a period of probation for one academic session.
A candidate whose Cumulative Grade Point Average is below 1.00 at the end of a particular period of probation would be required to withdraw from the Faculty. For the purpose of calculating a student’s Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) all the courses whether compulsory or optional are included in the computation.
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