Elder statesman and legal icon, Afe Babalola, SAN, has advocated that reputable Colleges/Faculties of Law in Nigerian Universities should henceforth be saddled with the responsibility of training law graduates preparatory for their final Call to Bar examinations at the law school.
With this proposed arrangement, Law graduates from Nigerian universities will proceed to these reputable Colleges/Faculties of Law with up-to-date facilities and faculty members of international repute for their post-LL.B training and only go to the Law School to write their Call to Bar examinations without having to be residential student in the Law School as is currently the case.
This way, Babalola, who spoke yesterday at the 4th Annual Lecture organized in his honour by the Ekiti State Chapter of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), said Nigeria would have borrowed a leaf from the practice in England, thereby frontally addressing the problem which the Law School had had to contend with over the years.
In the copy of his lecture made available to LEADERSHIP in Abuja, yesterday, the Founder and President Emeritus of Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), said the problem of paucity of facilities and accommodation space had been some of the major problems the Law School has had to content with and its attendant bottleneck of having backlog of students because it does not have the capacity and the resources to cope with the number of law graduates being churned out by the various Law colleges/faculties annually.
Babalola, who lamented that the Nigerian Bar is different from what he met when he was called to the Bar in 1963 or what it was before he made up his mind to study Law in the first instance, said a lot need to be done to turn things around for better in the profession for it to recapture the reverence the legal profession used to attract and enjoy many decades ago.
In his opening remarks, retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Hon. Justice Emmanuel O. Ayoola, acknowledged that Babalola, through his well known diligence, dedication, industry, courage and knack for excellence has contributed tremendously to the development of the nation’s legal system and jurisprudence. (Leadership)