The Nigerian Law school for the first time in history has recorded a total of 24 students graduated with First Class, at the end of the August/September 2016 Bar final examinations of the Nigerian Law School.
This is the highest number since the establishment of the school.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Mr. Olanrewaju Onadeko (SAN) who gave an analysis of the figures, said:
“of their numbers, 24 candidates attained the First Class grade, while 567 candidates obtained the Second Class Upper Division.”
In his address to the new lawyers, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Samuel Nkanu Walter Onnoghen called on the new lawyers to uphold integrity and competence in the legal profession.
“As ministers in the temple of justice, it is never enough to solely protect the interest of your client. You must strive to attain justice above all and not derail its course even if it may not favour your client and avoid ‘sharp practices.’
“The role of lawyers are multi-faceted; it cuts across virtually every strata of the society. In all this, you are expected to maintain the highest profession standard of integrity and competence at all times. This should be your watch word.”
A total of 4,225 candidates were on Tuesday called to the Nigerian Bar.