24 students graduated with First Class at the August/September 2016 Bar final examinations of the Nigerian Law School, the highest since the school was established, Thisday reports.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Mr. Olanrewaju Onadeko (SAN) while giving a breakdown of the figures, disclosed that “of their numbers, 24 candidates attained the First Class grade, while 567 candidates obtained the Second Class Upper Division,” adding that the number of first class candidates that were presented was the largest since the inception of the Nigerian Law School.
In his address to the new lawyers, The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Samuel Nkanu Walter Onnoghen, advised them to perform their roles as legal practitioners with integrity and competence.
He said, “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 called to the Nigerian Bar on Tuesday.
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