by Rachel Ogbu
The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, NIALS recently released a list of top 10 law faculties in Nigerian universities.
Director-General of NIALS, Professor Epiphany Azinge, SAN, named the University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Jos, University of Benin, Lagos State University, Ahmadu Bello University, University of Nigeria, Babcock University, University of Maiduguri and Igbinedion University as the top 10 higher institutions.
According to a statement, releasing the names of the universities was in-line with its statutory responsibility of providing information, supervision, guidance and advice to researchers on legal education in Nigeria.
“Our duty demands that we undertake a project of this nature to promote standardization and for the mutual benefit of the students and institutions. Thus, the essence of this ranking is to challenge Nigerian law faculties to improve standards in all aspect.
“This ranking is not interminable as law faculties that were not captured in the top ten rank are encouraged to improve their standards significantly so as to stand a chance in subsequent years. Whilst those ranked are encouraged also not to rest on their oars but to work tirelessly to maintain already set standard,” Azinge added.
The institute said the universities were chosen after assiduous research and collation of scientific data on Nigerian law faculties.