161 First Class: NLS-CLE Owe Us a Little Clarification – Steven Nwankwo

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Steven Nwankwo Esq.

A lawyer Mr. Steven Uchenna Nwankwo has said the Council of Legal Education (CLE) and the Nigerian Law School (NLS) owe the general public some clarification on the recently released Bar Final result which produced an unprecedented 161 first class graduates. Mr. Nwankwo who goes by the name “Steve Sun” on facebook posted the above on his wall with some interesting justifications.

He also published his Law school certificate while calling on the General-Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Mr. Jonathan Gunu Taidi to officially write to the CLE-NLS for some clarifications on the recently released results

Here is what he wrote:

“WITHOUT PREJUDICE…

When i attended Law School, we did about 6 or 7 courses; can’t really remember precisely. 
Civil Procedure.. 
Criminal Procedure.. 
Evidence..
Company Law & Practice..
Legal Drafting and Conveyancing..
Professional Ethics.. (Law office management, etc).

If you scored 
1. 90 
2. 90 
3. 90 
4. 90 
5. 90 
6. 50-59
You’d come out with a 2:2. 
The same thing with the person who scored 
1. 50 
2. 50 
3. 50 
4. 50
5. 50 
6. 50

If you scored 
1. 90 
2. 90 
3. 90 
4. 90 
5. 90 
6. 60-69
You’d come out with a 2:1 
Same as the person who scored 
1. 60 
2. 60 
3. 60 
4. 60 
5. 60 
6. 60

And if you scored 
1. 90 
2. 90 
3. 90 
4. 90 
5. 90 
6. 70-100

Then, you’d make 1st Class. 
Same as the person who scored 
90 
90 
90 
90 
90 
90 
90

I didn’t see my scripts, but I’m pretty sure that what landed me in 2:2 must’ve been Company Law. The course is simply too vast and tricky biko! 
But i’m also pretty sure i must’ve scored up to and more than 90 in some of the other courses.

I don’t know the formula they use in grading these days, but i think the Law Sch authorities owe us a little clarification! 
If they’ve departed from the above formula, they might as well make it public. Because something sounds very fishy when you come and tell us that one million people made 1st Class.

I’m calling on the General-Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (Jonathan Gunu Taidi) to write to the CLE-NLS, requesting them to furnish the Bar forthwith, with some clarifications vis-à-vis the recently released results.

Mr. Nwankwo’s curiosity may not be out of place considering the fact that in the history of the Nigerian Law School the number of students graduating with first class would be an average of 10. It is also on record that some sets have graduated without a first class.”

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