Information for Applicants from Nigeria
Buckingham welcomes applications from Nigerian students. Since its beginnings in 1976, the Buckingham Law School has benefited from its connections with Nigeria, and significant numbers of Nigerian students have, over the years, taken advantage of our two-year LLB programme in order to obtain a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD). Despite taking less time to complete than most law degrees, the Buckingham LLB (Single Honours Law) covers, as well as the fundamental subjects required by the legal profession in England and Wales, a number of elective subjects: these include Company Law, Evidence and Commercial Law, amongst others. Those who already have a first degree in a non-law subject may qualify for our International Scholarship.
More recently, the Oil and Gas “pathway”, which we introduced into our LLM in International and Commercial Law some years ago, has also proved attractive to Nigerian students seeking to further their studies with a Master’s degree.
Most of our Nigerian students return home to Nigeria after graduating, in order to qualify as lawyers and, ultimately, go into legal practice. In order to do so, Nigerian students who graduate with a Buckingham LLB must gain admission to the Nigerian Law School and take the courses and examinations prescribed by the Nigerian Council of Legal Education (NCLE) in order to qualify for call to the Nigerian Bar.
Because it is a QLD, the Buckingham LLB meets the necessary fundamental entry requirement for admission to the Nigerian Law School. However, it is important to note that the NCLE does lay down additional requirements, over and above those laid down by the Bar of England and Wales, as to the contents of a QLD. Specifically, to meet the NCLE’s requirements, an applicant must have taken and passed the Law of Evidence and Commercial Law as part of his or her LLB programme. Since these subjects are offered as “electives” in the Buckingham Law School, that additional requirement can be easily met.
Nigerian students wishing to gain admission to the Nigerian Law School must also obtain a transcript, signed by the Registrar, and a completed Faculty Reference form, stamped and signed by the Dean of Law: these must be sent to the Nigerian Law School when you make your formal application.
Nigerian applicants are advised to visit the Nigerian Law School’s website: http://mynlsp.com/.