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April 28, 2004

dreaming of law school in Nigeria

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 11:41 am

Now they tell me!  Thirty years after my 1L days, I find out that the program at the Nigeria Law School is only one year long.   Chief Kayode Jegede, the head of the School says one year isn’t enough, but he’s probably in cahoots with the law professor union.  (Daily Times of Nigeria, “One year in law school inadequate for quality lawyers – Jegede,” 04-27-04, via law.com NewsWire)


#1 neg The Chief is obviously a worrywort, and a bit self-righteous:  For example, the Nigerian Times article notes that “Jegede decried the activities of some lawyers whom he accused of perpetrating fraud and shady deals.”   We have learned that less than a year ago Chief Jegede was bragging that the class of 2003 was “about the best, if not the best that have passed through the Law School.”  (Daily Trust, “Law school graduates ‘best set’“, July 4, 2003)  Despite that:

The former Justice of the Supreme Court called for the extension of the one-year law school programme to one and half or two years for future entrants of the law school which is 40 years this year, and has graduated over 40,000 lawyers since then.”

Conspiracy buffs should note that Chief Jegede is about to launch the School’s first endowment fund drive.  As the Daily Times notes: “He said the law school lacked student hostels, student and staff buses, library, generators, and a lecture auditorium, among others, and solicited for support from well-meaning citizens and organisations for a N5 billion endownment fund.


skepticalEsq endorses the contrary views of Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Ondo State, as set forth in a Nigerian Guardian article:

black check  He said extending the number of years of training at the school was not the solution.  It is a waste of time. I do not subscribe to it. Even the best of lawyers in this country, how many years did they spend in the Law Schools? Some of them spent the first three months.” (“NBA presidential candidates okay exams for Law School admission,” Aug. 7, 2002)

At the time of the remarks, Olanipekun was one of two candidates running for election to the presidency of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA).   He won.

#1 Afterthought (04-29-04): skepticalEsq (whose school is perennially #2) has pointed out one additional benefit from attending the Nigeria Law School — coming in first in the annual Nigeria News&World Report law school rankings!  No more tiers.  No more tears.

Reforming Murphy’s Laws

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 9:59 am

ship cartoon neg  What if you launched a new weblog, but no one could come?  A few minutes after we posted two nights ago on the birth of prof. yabut’s journal, our weblog server went down and stayed supine for well over a day. [Clearly, a clicked server does not boil any sooner.]   However, as Mr. Olson has taught us, we probably shouldn’t complain — much less sue — over the disruption of a free service.   We shall, instead, bemoan the inevitability of Murphy’s Law. 

On the other hand, lawyers are expected to be skeptics, nay-sayers and yabuts, so we thought we’d inaugurate this new weblog with a counter-intuitive attempt at optimism.  After pulling teeth, the best we could muster were the following reform amendments to Murphy’s Law, from Bob Brezsny’s Free Will Astrology column (week of April 22, 2004)

  • “If anything can go wrong, it will, but in correcting it you will stumble upon a lucky break you wouldn’t have encountered otherwise.”

  • “Everything takes longer than you think, which is a good thing, because if it took only as long as you thought, you wouldn’t be doing it right.”

  • “You will often find something in the last place you look, but along the way you’ll discover a valuable item you didn’t realize was missing.”

I’m not too sure we could get this Bill through Congress (where’s the pork?), nor stay this sanguine very long here at pyj.  We shall see.

  • Despite the source of the above Amendments, please be assured that Prof. Yabut (a) has never said “what’s your sign?” to anyone. (2) has literally only spent two minutes in California in his whole life; and (3) only picks up Metroland, the local alternative newsrag, for the movie listings (and the articles!), not the “adult” ads and classifieds.

P.S.   Although we wouldn’t pay full-price ($7.99) for Murphy’s Law for Lawyers: Wronging the Rights in the Legal Profession!, by Arthur Bloch, Tom Glass (Illustrator), the used copy at $0.50 is tempting for our next office grab bag.

don't forget  don’t forget our haiku news: The second installment of Jim Kacian’s Haiku Primer is now available, here.  To read the first installment, too, click here.

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