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Outrage at Nigerian Law School as Over 3,500 Students Fail Bar Exam




Thousands of law students are currently in anguish, as the Nigerian Law School recently released the poor results of 2013/2014 August bar examinations.

PM News reports that out of 6,000 candidates who took the exams, only about 2, 172 students passed. Which means about 3,828 students failed.

Many of the students are said to have blamed their failure on the Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Olarenwaju Adesola Onadeko, whom they have accused of plotting to destroy their careers by failing them. The students have subsequently demanded for a review of the exam and their results.

Some of the students reportedly communicated with PM News about the matter via text messages. Here are some of the alleged messages sent:

“Save Law School Students: The DG Olarenwaju Onadeko has come to destroy the future of over 70 per cent of students who wrote exams in August and has run to the United Kingdom to seek solace.”

“Please save the future of 5000 law school student, so that the results may be reviewed because some lecturers are in support of this movement as they know the DG asked for a lot of scripts to be marked down. Please this is the least you can do.”

“We the law students of Nigerian Law School protest the poor handling and marking of our Bar 2 final exam. Please we need the media to come to our aid.”

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  1. red sole.

    October 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    16yrs old graduating from a private ajebota universities in less than less than 1460 days. Wat will u expect.

    • rata

      October 18, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      y r u stupid??? serzly…..what does ajebutter or the amount of days it takes to finish skool have to do wit anything?? before u share ur inept tots review them

    • SageArt

      October 19, 2014 at 11:41 am

      You teach a class and most of your students fail, what does that say about you, the teacher

    • jonny coco

      October 20, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Can I ask what you do for a living Mr Red Sole?

    • nnamdi

      October 24, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Onadeko is a saddist naturally. Onadeko abinitio before the exam has prepared the ground for all the students to fail the exam. Even , he is not happy that any student passed the exam. Right from the time when he was at the lasgos campus as a DDG, he has been saying that whenever he becomes the DG, that less than 1000 people will be called to bar every year. We are crying for the August exam, that of May 2015 will be worst. He wanted all the stdents to fail and that was why he did the following

      1 He reduced the time for MCQ from 60mins to 50mins in the hall. without prior information to the students IF the students challenge the conduct of the exam in the court, the result will be cancelled on this basis,

      2 Onadeko unilaterally reduced the time for some theory papers from 3 hrs to 2 hrs 30mins. What does he want from from this sudden time reduction…………………. Mass failure of Students

      3 Onadeko rushed the students into the exam hall and kept the frustrated and exhausted under a hot condition for more than 1 hr without administering the question papers. Majority of the students were disorganised by this frustrating act for 1 hr before the exam started. What is his ploy for doing this…………………………….. To make sure that all students fail the bar 11 exam.

      4 Onadeko complained that there are too many lawyers and he will reduce the number of call to bar every year. This shows that he is ignorant indeed. He should know that every family must have a lawyer in Nigeria That will ensure the protection of the rights of the citizens.

      5 Onadeko rejected the result submitted by the independent markers and proceeded to remark the scripts and failed those from other states and passed all the students from his state his family friends, and those of his religious affiliation.

      6 if this result is not reviewed, Onadeko will face the wrath of God in less than 6 months.

  2. nene

    October 18, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    first of all, there are too many lawyers in Nigeria. secondly, what is the outrage? some failed and some passed. better luck next time, or study harder. how many nigerian students read these days?

    • Author Unknown

      October 19, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      There aren’t necessarily too many lawyers in Nigeria when you consider the fact that lawyers can be employed in a range of capacities. The court room is not the only place a lawyer can put his/ her skill into good use. The other problem is that Nigeria hasn’t developed to the point where the average citizen has need for a lawyer, for anything from business to crime. Imagine for example if Nigeria prosecuted all the assault (from street fighting to soldier bullying) that is rampant in that country. Anyone charged would need a defense lawyer, no? That’s only just a tip of the iceberg, and is enough work to create a shortage of lawyers overnight. LOL.

    • nnamdi

      October 23, 2014 at 9:58 pm

      i have studied the 2014 bar 11 result carefully and my findings are as foolows.

      The DG passes thos that graduated with 1st class ans second class upper degrees from their various universities. He deliberately failed those that graduated with 2;2, 3rd class and with pass degrees from their universities.

      The DG is very wrong in this decision. Previously, students with pass degrees and 3rd class degrees made 1st class and 2;1 in the law school exam. He should please review the result and give the students what they merited from the exam. If this is not done, he has destroyed the credibility of the Nigerian Law School and the Bar11 Examination.

      Again, there cannot be too many lawyers please. As population increases, every profession will increase in number. Note that every family should have a lawyer, a doctor and a pastor.

  3. tutu

    October 18, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I know a couple of people that sat for this exams and they read like their lives depended on it. They read like there was no tomorrow. The result is not fair at all. The Nigerian education system just derives joy from failing students. Its terrible!

    • Amy

      October 18, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      My dear I applaude you for coming to the aid of your friends.. But here’s mg question, since you’re so sure they read like their lives depended on it( I’m assuming you stayed with them the whole time to monitor them), how are you sure they assimilated well? How are you sure they remembered every single thing u claim they read? How are you sure they actually did write their exams well! I am happy this happened.. Every year, law graduates run to law school for the glamour of it all.. Ivn the dullest of ppl would finish law school and rejoice” I’ve been called to the bar” oh pls! Majority of them come from homes with lineage of lawyers and were pushed into law to keep the flag going . I know 2 who have lawyer parents and I’m damn sure their folks were influenced their grades in uni days.. I mean, you can’t be the daughter of a notable SAN, and your lecturers would fail you.. Whether you deserve it or not.. At most, their folks would hv to put in a word or two for them.. Lawyers everywhere in naija.. No means of livelihood! What do most of them do after school? Nothing! Those with connections eventually settle for jobs unrelated to their field of study.
      I am guessing the council of legal practitioners reviewed a couple of things this year and decided to make a few changes.. Law school isn’t meant for everyone.. It isn’t meant to be easy, it’s meant to be deserving! Whoever studied hard , prayed hard and feels they delivered their best is surely amongst the minority that were successful( not forgetting those who passed without deserving it.. This is where connections set in once more )

    • Amy

      October 18, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Pardon the typos.. Wz typing to fast.

    • Legal PractitionerofFRN

      October 19, 2014 at 4:57 am

      While I agree with some of your thoughts I must debunk the notion that some people pass in law school because of their connections. I am a proud legal practitioner and was called to the Nigeria bar last year and I must say going to the law school thought me that indeed the Nigerian Law School is perhaps the ONLY PLACE in Nigeria where conections will not help, I was proud of the system and I can attest to the fact that they have maintained a “corruption free system” which was very surprising to all of us because as a Nigerian we all think the corruption is everywhere. Anyway I will stop here and say the son of a prominent politician (bola tinubu) failed the bar exams a few years before us. Now if indeed connections influenced results we all know this young chap should have gotten a first class!!!

    • ATL's Finest

      October 19, 2014 at 5:10 am

      Lmao.. You are so correct!!! Typical madness because they are lawyers n doctors, their kids must follow.. I would mention any name because they are popular n huge! My childhood bestie is the baby of 4 , mom and dad are huge and popular DR.s all her siblings joined the train because they didn’t have a choice. My friend loves to draw but dare not talk about architecture in the house. Of course she’s smart but please she almost went crazy and all the stress fell on our relationship. Thanks to God they are all successful Drs but that misery isn’t worth the bullshit

    • Marc Francis of Chelsea

      October 19, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Actually one of the main reason most of them failed is because the new VC shorted the length of the exam. Not everything comes down to preparation. They may have been prepared but the shorted time impeded them from properly answering questions.

    • Suwa

      October 19, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      I didnt want to say anything at first but Amy’s comment is so contradicting and i dont understand all the likes. Just sounds like you are bitter at some people who passed the exams in the past and you feel they didnt deserve it. Never knew call to bar used to pain people o, its not like the profession makes you rich and I cant even see many comments from lawyers here, its just the ones complaining that there r too many lawyers, they dont deserve it…blah blah…. did they ask you to employ them as your lawyer?? Amy were you there when they were reading for the exams also?? You are happy this happened??? very STUPID comment…bad belle! What do you know??? You dont sound intelligent.. The only person I know that sat for the exams passed it and she had a decent explanation why a lot did not pass and there might have to be a review on this occasion. People calling them olodo, I can bet are even bigger olodos and would never have passed. Look at the statistics of the population and people who get to go to school in the first place and gain admission to universities then you know those of you saying they r too many are just a bunch of ignoramus!

    • muah

      October 20, 2014 at 3:23 am

      Dear Amy, as a lawyer who sat the bar exam over 12 years ago i can say hand on heart, it is not a joke! you DO read a lot and you DO have a lot to cover in a 9 MONTH period. Maybe a few where caught unawares with the timing, maybe some didnt prepare, but you come off as extremely judgemental. I ask you walk in the shoes of a law student then you can have an opinion! Its unforgiving and intense, yes people pass and people do fail but dont come here and state facts you cant back up with any evidence except with statements beginning with “i heard, they said. and my friends told me” and so on. Majority do not come from homes of lawyers because if they did, trust me, they wont be studying law .Its usually judges /SAN’s kids that do that( at least in my time). I am not defending failure but addressing prejudice and celebration of failure by washing down a whole profession or people you don’t know. its like calling “thief thief” when you don’t know if the person is or isn’t one.

    • Chi

      October 20, 2014 at 11:15 pm

      Amy or whatever you call yourself get your facts right before you run your filthy mouth. I sat for the exam,I read like I’ve never read before,in fact I had private teachers. I left my comfortable house in the UK which I eventually lost as a result of coming to study at the Nigerian Law School and you turn around to say we didn’t read?? Do you think that after sacrificing a lot I came to fail?? Have you been to the Nigerian Law school environment?? Do you know the constant pressure we were put on?? Do you know that our libry is poorly equipped? Do you know that our teachers constantly told us they were facilitators instead of teachers?After the Old DG left we weren’t getting light even uptill days leading to the exam and during exam period aswell..
      Just the pressure alone can make you forget what you’ve read. Few days to the exam Olarenwaju came to address us. He told us how difficult he was going to make the questions,how things were going to change.. He even told us he was considering negative marking if not for Osamolu. He reduced the time for mcq from 60minutes to 50 ,now tell me what was that for?? Watching him talk,what you see about him is sadness. On that day he addressed us,he only smiled when he began telling us how difficult he would make the questions. A clear case of a man who derives joy on seeing people wallow in misery.
      The law school is just playing everything down because they know it’s badnews for them. Most of the teachers are not even happy. Do you know that he sacked a lot of support teachers? Now one teacher can be teaching upto three subjects in a day? I may not be a first class student, but I know some extremely intelligent ones who got just a pass. The annoying thing is that the exam was not a difficult one. Unlike what he told us.So why the mass failure?
      To set the records straight we were upto 7000 students and only 2000 plus passed. I heard it from a reliable person who is a staff.
      After what I went through at the law school,I realsied that there are a lot of factors that can make a student fail. So before you become an expert on law school matters,I suggest you go through it. Only then will you be eligible to talk if not just hold your peace.

    • danny burxwurth

      March 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

      Please defer your argument to the baboons of the Nigerian Supreme Court. No examination should not be a tool for use at your personal war or ethnic cleansing tool. Stop the barbaric attitudes and act like you got an education you moron/\/\/\/\/\/\/\Bribe the DDG and let his own legal come to work and see if he escapes prison sentence for accepting bribe.

  4. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    October 18, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Welcome to what doctors face in this country. Examiners be failing peeps left right and centre so they don’t attain consultant level and start chopping plenty money with them. Thats aside from the huge money generated each year from these exams. If plenty pipe pass, that one no go good for the coffers. SMH

    • fineboy

      October 23, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      considering all the stress in the nigeria law school that the student under goes without any remuneration for the successful once who pass the lawschool,still they keep on failing student who pass thrugh the eyes of the needle to pay school.hmmmmmmmmmm

  5. Abdul

    October 18, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Law school is hard so I believe some people do read hard also but your overall score is your lowest score. They do not average. So if you write five papers and fail one you fail everything. Another problem may be people not answering questions according to the marking scheme and since most papers are marked by external people they may not know how to apply their discresion when a student seems to be writing amiss.

  6. LOL

    October 18, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    The exam alone cost £1000 so if £3000 failed, guess it’s an extra £3million in revenue for the next sitting. I think the point this highlights is that the Nigerian Justice system is a failed system right from the inception. Perhaps having a 50-60% fail rate was doing the students a favour in discouraging them to go into a field that is not able to serve its purpose in a failed state where you pay people off to sweep things under the carpet openly!!
    An even worse tragedy is in those who passed with a third class or second lower, as they don’t even have the option of resitting the exams and the pass grade has actually ruined their job prospects.
    What they did was illegal, you can’t just rewrite the law overnight without discussion and reviewing the justice of it. Embarrassing, egotistical and self serving!

  7. Mzlyrics

    October 18, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I don’t even know how to react to this news. I really hope these students get the review they seek though it seems like a tall order! I also wrote the Bar exams a few years ago and it remains the hardest and most stressful exam I have ever written! I still wonder how I pulled through in one piece! The tension and emotional trauma all over the school for that one week was something else. Some went bonkers literally! I remember bawling my eyes out after Property law thinking ‘Shucks, I have really failed this one’. Let’s not be quick to castigate all these students that have failed. A lot of them honestly did their best! I learnt we were graded with the lowest score we had in any of the 5 courses. I still wonder what the rationale for judging a student by his/her lowest score is? So then, even if I got 70 in all 4 subjects then a 48% in the last, I would leave law school with a pass! Now, that 48 is not even enough seeing that the cut off is now 50% (according to the students). Such student will have a resit and if he/she has two courses below the 50%, na failure be that! Does that even make any sense??? Whatever happened to calculating each student’s average score! Naija’s own must sha be different! *rme*. I have ditched the whole law practice as IMO it is just a very overrated profession in Nigeria! People would be hailing you as ‘D law’ meanwhile you are earning just enough to keep you above base line! Biko, I do not regret my decision at all! Good luck to my fellow learned colleagues! May you all find peace with whatever happens hereafter.

    • Q

      October 19, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      Erm but all professional exams are like that. You have to pass all the papers. It’s the same for accountants, engineers and doctors It is not enough to pass 4 and fail 1. Most students this days think they can prepare for exam within a week and pass. You have to study everyday untill the exam period. That way, the stress would be reduced. Some probably wrote the exam very well but were not fortunate. But I can bet ya, 70% of the 3,000 probably did crash programme close to the exam and mixed up their answers. It happens all the time to accountants and doctors going for certification. Nothing new here.

  8. Sandra

    October 18, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I know quite a few people who took this exam; some passed, but many failed. What the messages in the article failed to state is that, allegedly, the DG changed the way the exam were administered and marked days before the exam. When the students started school in October 2013, they were told that the exam would consist of a 100 question MCQ that would take 60 minutes and then five written exams on five different topics. The students studied accordingly, however THREE days before the exam, the DG informed the students that the MCQ would be 50 minutes instead of 60. Anyone who has done MCQs can attest to the fact that 10 minutes can make a huge difference in a persons performance. Addtionally, the DG mentioned that he wanted to implement negative grading. All that coupled with the fact that each student’s final grade is his lowest grade (e.g. if he made 70’s on four exams but a 50 on the fifth exam, he would get a pass rather than a 2.1 or 2.2) attributed to the high failure rate.

    • Amiee

      October 19, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Errr.. The negative grades thing is how it has always been. It did not start with this set. If you have all As and one C,well guess what, your over all grade will be based on that C

    • Dictionary

      October 21, 2014 at 4:16 am

      That’s not what negative grading means. It means that for every answer you get wrong. A mark is subtracted.

    • tf

      October 20, 2014 at 8:11 am

      Not true. negative marking has been on since the inception of the law school. I passed the exam in 2008 with a 2.1 and an award with the negative marking. they have to read hard next time that is all

  9. Betty

    October 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Please and please if you ve been there you will know better,no body I repeat no body went to law sch to play even the so called dull!come and see reading,it’s really unfair ,do you know people run mad days before exams,honestly I don’t know wot they gain when student failed.

  10. Tell me

    October 19, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Did Ezinne Akudo pass the bar? I’m hoping she did..

    • Author Unknown

      October 19, 2014 at 4:47 am


  11. ///!!!

    October 19, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Awon Omo Oshi. Runs and appetite for materialism no gree make them sit for school to learn. I am so glad the US doenst value aa lot of these Nigerian degrees. Awon olodo Omo.

    • Polola

      October 19, 2014 at 2:31 am

      How dare you call someone else’s child an ‘omo oshi’ all because they failed for reason which are unknown to you and you sit in another man’s land as a second grade citizen judging your own people. You sound like a glorified idiot

    • girl

      October 19, 2014 at 4:43 am

      very bad generalization

    • blah blah

      October 19, 2014 at 6:42 am

      Why are you so filled with bile? What’s the relevance of your comment to this topic? Mind you there are several nigerians from various universities around Nigeria (Federal, State and Private!) who have studied for and are studying for graduate degrees in the US! To call people who have failed an exam omo oshi is really disgusting. Was that really necessary? Did you feel good after posting your comment? With all due respect, shut up if you have nothing constructive to say.

    • Ife

      October 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm

      Lol this is harsh oh

    • Sem

      October 20, 2014 at 1:48 am

      May God judge fiercely for the statement you made. Do you know how difficult it is to pass the bar exams in Nigeria…As a lawyer who is qualified in both Nigeria and New York I can confidently tell you that the Nigerian Bar exams is more difficult than that of the New York Bar exams and you open your stupid mouth to judge people who have read their days away… I know what my eyes went through while reading for the Nigerian Bar exams…I was in the Lagos Campus and four people literally ran mad like “Yaba Left Mad”, my room mate died because he was sick and refused to go to the hospital all because he didn’t want to miss the Bar exams then you insult people for trying or those who tried. Even if some of them didn’t read well it doesn’t mean you should describe them like that. In fact as from today may you fail in all you labour for the way this students have failed….As you have judged these students in such a harsh way without knowing the circumstances they faced so shall you be judged. As you have described other people’s children as “awon omo oshi” and “awon olodo omo” so shall your own children be described as “awon omo oshi” and “awon olodo omo”.

    • Rustysoul

      October 21, 2014 at 9:14 am

      That was too harsh a way for him to comment on those who had failed. But I think where a fellow brother or sister goes wrong by running his/her tongue filthily, others should draw his/her attention to the fact that he/she may mend his/her conduct henceforth. God help us.

    • Rustysoul

      October 21, 2014 at 9:27 am

      I sympathized with my fellow mates who faile and injoined them not to give up, let them sit for the paper next year. Equally injoined re-sit students redouble effort, pray and they will surely make it. God help us.

  12. Sandra

    October 19, 2014 at 12:11 am

    I know quite a few people who took this exam; some passed, but many failed. What the messages in the article failed to state is that, allegedly, the DG changed the way the exam were administered and marked days before the exam. When the students started school in October 2013, they were told that the exam would consist of a 100 question MCQ that would take 60 minutes and then five written exams on five different topics. The students studied accordingly, however THREE days before the exam, the DG informed the students that the MCQ would be 50 minutes instead of 60. Anyone who has done MCQs can attest to the fact that 10 minutes can make a huge difference in a persons performance. Addtionally, the DG mentioned that he wanted to implement negative grading. All that coupled with the fact that each student’s final grade is his lowest grade (e.g. if he made 70’s on four exams but a 50 on the fifth exam, he would get a pass rather than a 2.1 or 2.2) attributed to the high failure rate.

    • AW

      October 19, 2014 at 2:29 am

      Are these things new policies? I thought it had always existed? Especially the negative marking one? I think law school marking scheme has always been different from the norm, it is nothing to cry foul over. People has been writing it like that, the exam is hard, full stop.

  13. AW

    October 19, 2014 at 12:17 am

    From my personal experience, law school exams takes the grace of God. I remember a lecturer telling us over 13 years ago (yes, it’s been that long!) that law school exams is more of prayers than reading. I took his advice to heart and did not regret it. You do five years’ worth of studying in less than 9 months and you are expected to write an exam on it . In my time I think they had this weird thing where if you failed professional ethics, you may be made to resist the whole thing.
    A lot of people write law school exams from their sick beds because of how difficult the exams are. The stress alone is enough to cause a breakdown.

    • mostlearned

      October 20, 2014 at 12:13 am

      My guy what are you saying? Are you saying that God is partial? I know people that worked so hard and coupled that with prayer and fasting. They were so devoted to studying and committed to the things of God and still failed. To be honest with you, there is a lot of politics in the marking scheme in law school. The system is flawed period and has been demonised. There is no institution like it anywhere in the world. Nigerian Law School has failed to let these ones go due to certain targets they must meet, It so happens that from the news I got from friends in the law school this set had to be the best academically and most were involved in some form of Godly fellowship, however had the worst grades in the history of law school, Yes I agree everything requires Gods grace but in law school this year round, there was a huge problem administratively due to the high amount of failure.

  14. Kiki

    October 19, 2014 at 4:05 am

    I do not know if its how the exams are set but there is something wrong with the Nigeria education system. Sometimes it feels like there is a deliberate effort by lecturers to fail students. I went to a polytechnic in Nigeria and i barely graduated with a Lower credit, those who made upper credit either paid the lecturers or were “super smart”. Anyways after school for some reasons i never felt fulfilled, for me it was more like i wasted 5 years of my life, i knew i had to go back to school so i started praying for open doors and God made way for me to go study in the United states. I started from the scratch as in back to college algebra and the rest, changed major from “computer science” to a medical course which is challenging..i mean very challenging, stressful and time consuming, the passing grade for us is 75% in all your classes, if you make 90% in 2 class and a 74% in 1 class you are going to be dropped from the program that is how bad it can be. But in all i’m happy…very very happy and the reason is my efforts, sleepless nights of studying pays off, my lecturers were out and ever ready to help me do good, my worst semester was spring 2014 made 4 A’s and 1 89% (B) i just needed 1 point to make an A but they wouldn’t just give it to me because 2 people failed out for making 74% although to me it did not make sense but it made me realize that nothing is free. you have to work hard for every point. I’m a merit student in America but i never made an A in Nigeria, i keep asking myself why i didn’t do good; did i not study well enough or was it the manner in which i was being taught? one thing i know is most lecturers in Nigerian schools do not have their students interest at heart…In America, you fail because you did not study enough but in Nigeria, if you like study from today till eternity it is not a guarantee that you will pass so for those calling these students “olodo” abeg stop, i was once an “OLODO” but now i’m a MERIT student and the only difference is between the olodo me and merit me is a Change in educational system. I will keep thanking God for making that possible.

  15. Author Unknown

    October 19, 2014 at 4:46 am

    The failure rate is either artificial or from too much Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, BellaNaija, Linda Ikeji blog gist and runs. Maybe the real question is how 6,000 people got to take the bar exam.

    • Olodo kids

      October 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you. The overall quality of graduates in that country is simply a failure. You see so called college students on posting fotos Instagram and and Facebook and you wonder when they have time to study when all they do is post fotos, all day long. They carry smart phones for the sole purpose of social media…then you wonder why 60% fail exams? I’m sure other disciplines ‘ failure rate is as high but we are only hearing about law school cos they couldn’t pay to influence their grades

  16. ATL's Finest

    October 19, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I didn’t attend university in Nigeria, so I can’t jump into conclusion but it’s ridiculous how I know few people who graduated from law school at the age of 22.. I’m proud of them but what ever happened to under grad school? Besides almost every schools offer all the professions. C’mon now… Let’s take Georgia for example; they only have 4 medical schools (2) in Atlanta, (1) in Augusta and last one else where.. And getting into it it’s no joke. I was desperate to attend Emory University school of medicine the process alone almost made me quit but when I finally got it, I appreciated it. For them to accept folks for residency, is a problem.. My point is if Nigerians are more careful, cautious, and be more strict with their interviews with these students, all of these wouldn’t happen. Most of these folks bribe their way in without studying and to make matters worse, some of these folks go in there due to their parents decisions.. It’s SAD and I feel for them but I wish them all the very BEST.

    • Olodo kids

      October 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm

      I applaud the US system. You come here with your LUTH and UCH accolades, and they tell you to go retrain before you can even near hospital. Of course they are aware that there is no meritocracy in Nigeria. Dr. Gbadebo flipping burgers at Burger while he is going through medical re-certification in America.

    • Author Unknown

      October 19, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      While I agree that there has to be a proper accreditation process (and this is done at the university level), the reason we have lawyers in their early twenties in Nigeria is because the study of law can be undertaken as an undergraduate program. The system was originally modelled after the United Kingdom’s , not State of Georgia, USA. Sorry to disappoint you ATL’s Finest.

  17. Free

    October 19, 2014 at 5:54 am

    All the lawyers I know would attest to the fact that law school is very challenging, so maybe the grading system needs to be reviewed. When a large percentage of students fail, it reflects badly on the institution, as their role as educators become questionable.

    Stepping away from the topic though, I don’t understand why Nigerians attribute their studying and passing of exams to praying. As a christian, yes I do pray for many things (including excelling in academics and football when Nigeria is playing, lol!) but I have the presence of mind to realize I have to put in the effort and study effectively from the curriculum. Going to school in the US, you are taught with the expectation to pass , no surprise secret handouts or lectures you knew nothing about. I don’t think God is going to bail me out as a christian if I didn’t take the time out to know that two plus two is four. I had a classmate who would always say his exams were in God’s hands and he graduated with a GPA above 4 points, however he would never discuss the specifics of an exam and why option A was better than option B. Therefore, how do you learn and have intelligent conversations based on logic with such a person?It’s really mind-boggling.

  18. MS

    October 19, 2014 at 6:34 am

    At d end of d say, some still passed notwithstanding d new system everyone is claiming was implemented. Dere was first a test run of the change of timing for ob. Even if people were not exactly excited, they still wrote the tests and were okay. The fact that he changed the system overnight doesn’t hold water in my opinion because the DG is not God all by himself. He definitely must have consulted with the apt authorities before implementing. i.e council of legal education and probably body of benchers. The body of benchers would in my opinion have no problem going along with his reasoning of trying to reduce the numbee of ‘mediocre’ lawyers being produced out there. And that in my opinion is a strong basis for implementing the so called new system. truth be told, if you had a pass and below, that only means you did not just do well in a particular course. Notwithstanding this much ado about a lill less than nothing, even with the alleged negative marking, some still had a first class, a 2.1, a 2.2! That means the system is workable. That means some are still above that line. So, as much as i empathize with those that failed, i still hold the believe that this new system is workable. If anything, d SANs and JUDGES and body of benchers will say thisbhas brought more credibility to the system. Ps: thoae saying this means the students aren’t thought well should please park well. That argument is not tenable. The lecturers do their part. What even makes the marking system even better is the fact that a whole lot of other people mark, not just the lecturers. If d DG saw the pass rate and decided to release anyw, i am sure he had d backing of the apt authorities. ✌

    • christine

      October 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Some of the lecturers need to be sent packing eg corporate law in lagos campus!all they do is come and quarrel and the result speaks!most fell with that course

  19. adelegirl

    October 19, 2014 at 6:54 am

    Whilst I empathise with the students who failed the bar exam (I know how stressful it can be – an ambulance was parked outside the hall when we wrote our bar finals and I understand that has been the norm due to people fainting from pressure whilst writing the exams) I think that the review of the marking scheme is long overdue. The number of barely literate lawyers being churned out is really atrocious! Some can barely put together a coherent sentence, yet a major chunk of a practising lawyer’s work is drafting legal documents! I read on another blog, a protest statement allegedly from one of the students who failed and he/she spelt “paid” as “payed” – my first thought was if you can’t spell the simplest words, small wonder you failed your bar finals. In other climes, bar finals aren’t for “all-comers”. It takes serious grit, handwork and diligent attention to your studies to succeed; please ask those who have to write the legal professional exams in the UK and America, what a nerve racking experience it is. I read a comment up here saying that the DG changed the grading scheme abruptly a short period before the exams yet students had studied according to a previously announced marking scheme, saying that wasn’t fair. I’m sorry but that’s hogwash! You’re not meant to study according to the marking scheme, you are meant to study period! So, when you pass based on what you read according to the marking scheme, can you truly call yourself an all-round successful student? I mean those over 2000 people that passed – do they have more than one brain? Over 2000 is also quite a significant pass rate- question is what did they do different from those who failed?

    • Wale

      October 19, 2014 at 8:42 am

      I agree with you, especially NOT studying for the marking scheme, but studying, period! And yes, 2000 must have done something right! They really do need to improve the quality of Lawyers in Nigeria, maybe this is the beginning of establishing a new standard.

    • Q

      October 19, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      What is shocking is that they had 6000 students in law school for this session. That’s huge. What is the total number of peeps called to bar in Nigeria? JESU! !!

    • Sandy

      October 19, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Thank you very well put. They should go and check the pass rate for the bar in the US. Last year it was about 47 percent for the new York bar . Are they saying that they don’t have good lecturers there too.

    • SageArt

      October 19, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Everyone blames students, but what does mass failure say about teachers and their methods? Just finished my final exams and in retrospect, I must admit that teachers don’t really teach shit, and that clinical legal education crap is just an excuse for lecturers to do nothing and leave the students to do all the work. Who gets the fat cheques in the end? My law practice lecturer didn’t look at his books before coming to class. Probably doesn’t know shit about what he “teaches”. We do stupid presentations all day and he just hands you a fat textbook to read.had to summarize that fat bastard for exams. How about that for an education? Only a handful of students are to blame. I blame the teachers squarely, and their stupid clinical legal education scam. That onadeko wants to introduce negative marking like wth already? Going to law school in November. God save my soul

    • Formerlawschoolstudent

      October 20, 2014 at 5:29 pm

      Your premise that one should not study according to the marking scheme, but study period is very VERY wrong! I have taken and successfully passed many law exams in my life and I must tell you, each exam is different and must be prepared for differently! Even with the bar finals for the Nigerian law school which is divided into multiple choice and theory questions, I must assure you that the way one prepares for both exams is different! Yes, it is the same material that one reads for both exams but emphasis is placed on certain aspects when preparing for one exam and likewise, certain things can even be overlooked while preparing for another. For instance, how to move a motion is a question that would probably never come out in multiple choice, but is almost a permanent member of the theory questions.
      In order to excel in exams, one needs to study SMART and not hard.
      Case in point: a number of very intelligent students at law school this year studied very hard and their knowledge of law went above and beyond the marking scheme. They even gave tutorials which some of their mates paid them for. None of these hard workers got the first class that was expected of them. Most got 2:2s.
      Saying a student should study without the marking scheme in mind is like telling a person to drive from point a to point b without looking at the map that they have been given.

    • m

      June 6, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      i know it has been a while so probably ought not to comment at all. I sat for the exam in question and i made it. Honestly it is about reading hard and answering smart.we all studied but we approached our questions differently. While some questions require not more than three words as an answer, some of us ended up writing stories therefore missing the whole point. Moreso, most of us didnt choose fasvourable optional questions. I guess they are done with the resit exams now, i hope for the best.

  20. enligthened

    October 19, 2014 at 8:12 am

    A system were parents students teachers and lelecture conspire to cheat such that the student is incapable of original thought and cannot deal mentally and intellectually with a change in the way exams are administered because of cramming . Law school has weeded out the weak so go back to your foundation and blame your parents and teachers for aiding your poorly educated state or rise up to the mental challenge and do things differently

  21. Miss

    October 19, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I took the bar this year and passed. I also passed the LPC. My gripe with the exam process here that there is no transparency. Someone said earlier that you are not supposed to study by the marking scheme. I understand that logic, but in order to obtain a first class versus a 2:1, it is important to know how the two people will be marked. Although the lecturers stated that certain criteria is needed, sometimes being able to visibly see the marking scheme makes it more clear for a lot of students. I did the majority of my schooling in the UK and none of my lecturers hid the ball from the students about how they could make the best marks. The law school here, on the other hand, only released one official marking scheme which was in 2009 and law in practice was not included in that exam.

    Another point, that I think is important is that the vast majority of people who study a field, whether it be law, medicine, business, international relations, etc. are not strong in every single specialty/topic of that field. The fact that we were graded on our lowest subject adds added pressure. So, knowing the marking scheme is important to gauge how to study, especially in areas of weakness.

    I don’t want to make many excuses for people. I worked my but off and I passed, but I do empathize with those who did not. However, prior to taking the examination, I saw that the administration of the Law School did need to make some major improvements to the facilities (or lack thereof), topics covered, amount of students admitted (it was way too crowded), the list goes on…

  22. teekay

    October 19, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I feel sorry for those that failed, and to those that pass I belive it’s hard work and God. Pls to those that failed try and summon the courage for your resit so you dnt fail the second time

  23. queen

    October 19, 2014 at 9:25 am

    Pls if you haven’t written bar exams b4 dont try to give stupid comments… any one that goes to Lawschool must read. Its not even an option.

    • Des

      October 19, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Hey Queen

  24. LotusFlower

    October 19, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I sympathize with the students. However, any investigation will have significant implications. So about 2100 passed. As someone said above, something in the new system is clearly working. If those who failed want the law school to discard the results, what about those who passed? How do they feel? Throwing out the test will mean that their passing scores don’t count. Ar e they expected to rewrite even though they already passed the exams? Also, are those who failed suggesting that 2100 passed as a fluke, that they didn’t in any way earn their scores?

  25. Dd

    October 19, 2014 at 10:16 am

    @ amy or amu or wateva.your not a lawyer and have never been to lawschool so please don’t make naïve comments. Your reasoning is appalling and I am convinced you need to go back to primary school. So you honestly believed the over 3000 students who failed didn’t work hard or read? Not even half of them? My dear, clap for yourself. I am reading some comments here and I am wondering if some people really understand the stress in lawskool. Lawyers would definitely understand that. Lawschool will literally make a lazyperson get serious. I agree with some of you that some people were unserious in lawschool and that’s the reason for their failure but trust me, not all of them. There are some whose result really needs to be reviewed. In every exam, its normal that there are those who fail but 3882 Fail? Hell no. I wrote the exam too and I passed, however for some of my very brilliant colleagues in my university who failed lawskool, I am dazed. This guy excelled in our university days and was known by lecturers because of d magnitude of his intellect and you come here to tell me he honestly failed lawschool? ARE YOU MADD!!? The lawschool so called MCQ(objective question) wich is 100 questions under 60 minutes(mind you, most of this obj question comes wit mostly short stories before you can answer the questions underneath it) and to read dose short stories(question),understand d question before answering will take u at most 45seconds and its better you use 12seconds per question in oda 4u to meet up. I am even surprised some people knew the MCQ time was changed to 50 minutes for 100 questions b4 d exam. In enugu campus, it was announced to us on the day of the exam.some were alrdy crying becos 60minutes is not enof to answer 100 questions and on the day of the exam you are being informed it was changed to 50minutes. My only saviour was that I had been practicing MCQ past questions and I had been timing mysef 45minutes which means I used 8seconds per question else I would have been speaking swahili to my folks if I had failed. In Nigeria, the legal profession is highly overrated and they earn peanuts. I feel for my friends and those who failed, my advice to them is wipe your tears,pray and prepare well for the exam next year.nothing is impossible. That DG may be smiling now but next year, you will smile BEST

    • Bus

      October 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      Take a deep breath, relax, and read your comment loud so you can listen to yourself.Is Law exam the hardest exam known to mankind

  26. mrs chidukane

    October 19, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Gosh bar finals was hell but before bar finals was even more hell. So the DG is now Onadeko? That cunning man can do and undo. Can’t forget how he used to blatantly lie to us back then in NLS Lagos. Anyway, goodluck to them. I can’t say they’ll be successful. Like someone said above the Legal profession is not all that and hardly pays the bills. I won’t even encourage my children to aspire to it.

  27. Des

    October 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I am not convinced that such a high failure rate can be attributed to the default of the students. I am fortified in the belief that when an examiner sets an examination where over 50% of his students fail, it clearly shows that such an examiner has done a very poor job. It is an indictment on the entire system. Such a lecturer or lecturers ought, in my opinion, to justify the salaries they earn, as their pay is clearly not being reflected in the quality of output produced. Since excellence begets excellence, then, failure begets failure. Thus, until we realize that the examination script is not a battlefield where lecturers prove their supremacy; until we realize that every examination script is a piece of a student’s destiny; until we realize that the quality of education in an institution does not depend on the number of failures it churns out; until we realize that the prestige of a First Class degree lies not in how few and far between it appears; until we realize that the reputation of an institution is not improved by how difficult it is to graduate from it, we will continue to miss the point of the basic essence of quality education.

  28. sammy

    October 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Of the 2000 that passed, more thann half had ‘conditional pass’ meaning they still have to resit 1 course nxt year

  29. Muse

    October 19, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Learned people, see grammar and big big turenci, after all this suffering, Alaba and Aba boys are still a thousand times more financially balanced than you all. This life!! Shebi una be noble profession suffering and smiling and looking down on the rest. Nigerians and our fake life, some parents just want the privilege of boasting my daughter is a lawyer, a doctor, etc. Pls enough of the mass production of lawyers doing nothing. OVERRATED!

    • Sheyi

      October 20, 2014 at 6:27 am

      Muse relax u sound bitter! There are some well paid lawyers in Nigeria. Haven’t u heard of the top firms in Nigeria that hire fantastic nig lawyers and pay well? Plz most don’t just study law for the title they study for the passion and sorry to burst your bubble some lawyers get paid well . I mean really well!

  30. oge

    October 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    After all the hard work and sleepless nights and the endless group meetings and all that I had a pass!I didn’t write a difficult exam so I expected a very good grade. I almost fainted when I saw my result. I can see how easy it is for those of you that don’t know jack about law school to say the rubbish u are saying

  31. Amiee

    October 19, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Law school was one of the most stressful places I have ever been in my life. The week before bar finals, i barely ate and during the bar finals week, i barely slept. I remember making a mistake in my Criminal Litigation exam. In my haste to finish up, i forgot to answer a compulsory question. It was 30mins to the end of the exam that I noticed it. See me bawling like a baby with kelebe running down my nose. How was I going to cancel a question I had already answered and then start answering another question, a compulsory one for that matter which will obviously have the highest score. I was however able to gather my thoughts and did the best I could under 30minutes. I have no doubt that it was that course that made me leave law school with a 2:2.
    I sympathise with the students that failed. It is a notorious fact that in rewriting the bar finals.,you can never get anything above a pass no matter how good your overall grades are. If the only thing that was changed was bringing MCQ time down to 50mins from 60minutes, then I don’t think there is need for all this brouhaha. I hope they get to learn from this and better luck to them next time.

  32. Emma

    October 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Well for me alot of things cud attribute to this mass failure issue especially in Nigeria as a whole where over 60% of those who sit for WAEC fails. But I think it is the responsibility of the institution for carry out a proper research and investigation as to what caused this people to fail. They do need to identify the problem( as this could be from the lecturer/student/learning Material or Misdirection) and find a good solution to it. I feel like we as Nigeria are use to accepting wat ever is giving to us until it has an unkind effect on us and that should not be.

  33. Kenny Raymond

    October 19, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Law sch is not a place anyone goes to play,it is nerve racking.I remember 11 years ago when I wrote the bar finals hmmmit was hard I studied hard and prayed even harder.students fainted, some rushed to the hospital a classmate of mine lost her mind.The bulk of study u need to do, assimilate and reproduce in a short time wasno joke.I feel for those that failed they just have to brace up and resit the exam put in more effort and pray to pull through.

  34. Olodo kids

    October 19, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Useless country graduating Olodo lawyers. That’s the most razz profession in NAija period, I have zero respect for so called Nigerian law graduates. You see them on BBM and they can’t even write decent English. Abi the ones that graduate finish, and they become make up artists or fashion designer or hair dresser . Now don’t get me wrong, I have tremendous amount of respect for hairdressers, makeup artists, and fashion designers (shout out to banke meshida, lanre da silva ajayi and the whole nine. However, the conversion rate from lawyer to fashion designer IMO is only indicative that a bunch of unserious minded riff raff go through law school for the perceived prestige as opposed to passion for the trade which should in fact be the true motivating factor. Qualitatively, There needs to be a lawyer population control and it that means passing only 40% of those who sit for the exam, then so be it. Some idiots are only in it to snap foto in gown and wig to put in their family house and to me that’s boosheet. If you want to be caterer, go to culinary school or some ish, get the heck out of Law school and stop taking up space and diluting the quality of Lawyers in the country. Thanks

    • Person

      October 19, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      LOL. You sound like you tried law school and didn’t like it. You sound so bitterly pained that I am curious as to the source of your pain. *sips tea and waits for an answer*

    • Olodo kids

      October 19, 2014 at 8:30 pm

      Nah. Never tried Law School. I have both bachelors and masters degree from MIT. Now hate on that. Lol…awon olodo boys and girls. I meet your Olodo friends all the time trying to get into MIT for grad studies . They can’t even hold an academically stimulating 4 minute conversation without sounding like retards…then I wondered in amazement how they made it through undergrad.

    • Person

      October 20, 2014 at 5:24 am

      *side-eyes you to hell and back.*MIT ko, MIT ni. Most of the people I know went to Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Georgetown and some of the other T14s. Yours truly included. Why then would I hate on your *MIT* degree? Abi, some T14 law school rejected your application? Pele. Wa wa alright. LMAO. .

    • LILO

      October 20, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      Eh yah you too fail abi? Lmao. Siddons for BN dey yarn dust with you ebgons. Don’t go an be reading your book o. You, in your wildest imagination can’t pass GED let alone enter any college in the US. Nigerian Bar reject.

    • Lwkmd

      October 20, 2014 at 10:08 am

      You failed,didn’t you?

    • Person

      October 20, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      The joke is on you, sweetie 🙂 I wrote bar exams 7 years ago and I passed in flying colours. Oponu oshi.

    • Tee

      October 20, 2014 at 10:44 am

      There’s a difference between English and Law, stop being ignorant.

  35. Omoluwabi

    October 19, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    The DG is unlearned even in his speech – saying Open University students who are d current champions in law can’t become lawyers. Such person is bound to face God’s wrath. And will keep failing. Its just a start. Apologize and repent now

  36. UsmanAdebayoAmaechi

    October 19, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Now I truly understand how silly it is to sit and drop comments on nothing you absolutely have no idea about. I have never ever commented on any site before because truly none of these topics is usually my business, BUT THIS! I find it imperative to comment because I am directly involved here. It is best to have an understanding of what you are really talking about when responding to a topic. I studied in America and two prestigious schools in UK with very high grades and I had three degrees before I came back for Law school. I am not an average student in every respect, I say this with the greatest humility and modesty, but I am well above average. ‘Fortunately’ I passed the Bar Exams but believe me when I tell you that my expected grade is very different from the result. Of course, it is normal that in every institution many fail, and some pass but this is quite different.
    Although I passed, I also want a review because I am very positive something went wrong (very wrong). I was never the ‘I just want to wear wig and gown’ type, I have a passion for this, I know what I am capable of (through God and hard work, of course). I moved back home for this, I studied hard for this so even though many might say ‘don’t complain’ but I know what I wrote, I may not be able to speak or stand for anyone else but judging from my own case, I know something went wrong.
    I really do not understand why people are so quick to blame students for the failure rate, in a sane society, the success of the students starts from the teachers, the quality of teaching, the materials for learning and a lot more. Do you know the financial implications of over about 3,000 doing resits? that is about 300,000,000.00 (Three Hundred Million naira) gain for law school.
    I understand the DG’s need for a reform but not in this way; firstly, admission rate in law school is very high, how about you tell students to write entrance examinations before attending law school? how about you tell them to write their personal statements and conduct compulsory interviews if need be? Would you believe that Law School Lecturers do not have any form of teacher’s training? All they do is interview interested candidates (lawyers of course) and they resume teaching. These lecturers that teach us are also one of the ‘too many’ lawyers in Nigeria- many half-baked if I might add. There are many poor lecturers in Law School, and then you think you can blame students for the failure rate? NO! Please note that these students are not asking for an overturn, they are not suggesting that their results be changed from FAIL to PASS, all the students are asking for is a review, which I think is fair.
    Finally, I implore people commenting on this subject mater to educate themselves first and speak objectively because you really sound like you have friends who are lawyers and you perceive them to be better than you, and you are just projecting that bitterness towards others in this unfortunate circumstance.
    I will write an article very soon on this and I will be as objective as possible just so that I can give the general public an insight as well as give my suggestions to the Nigerian Law School on reforms.

    • Idomagirl

      October 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm

      Very well said.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 19, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      Could you please let me know where you’ll be publishing the article? I’ll be very interested in reading if it’s online.

  37. Person

    October 19, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Law school is easily one of the hardest things I have done in my life, second only to studying for the NY bar. Harder than my graduate school in the US. I am sure there is a video of me somewhere almost running insane on the day of company law exams. I barely slept in the 3 months leading up to the finals. Would wake up in the night in sheer terror, anxiety and panic attacks became second nature. In law school, the first thing you learn is that you are graded on your lowest mark, i.e, if you get 70 in all your papers except one in which you got a 45, your passing out grade is the lowest mark 45, which translates to automatic conditional pass/resit.

    I see from the news that it seems like the BAR 2 students are the ones protesting, I hope it that’s not the case. Some students have successfully contested their results in the past. I wish them the best.

  38. Summie

    October 19, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    My younger sister also wrote the exam and had a 2:2, she called when she saw her result and couldn’t hide her excitement, I teased her and said “calm down na, awon kan lo gba 2:1 ati 1st class now” she retorted and told me about the mass failure, all her friends failed, I know some of them, including her super brilliant class rep In School. I was shocked to say the least. Truth be told, she studied hard, we made sure she didn’t have an excuse not to, she’s married with a 2year old son, he stayed with my mum from the moment she got into law school until after her chamber attachment, my mum said “I don’t want you using my grandson as an excuse for not making at least a 2:2”. In retrospect, I see her reason for screaming her her lungs out over the result. I pray that that for those who didn’t pass, they summon the courage to face whatever final decisions the school takes.

  39. superman

    October 19, 2014 at 7:09 pm


  40. Titilayo

    October 19, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    I know Mr. onadeko to be a fine lawyer, great lecturer and administrator. Comments should be made with the full facts at hand.

    • blah blah

      October 19, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      He must be your father or uncle then.

  41. Che

    October 19, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I say fire the DG. This is fraud. What is the law and regulations regarding the time allowed to change professional exams in Nigeria? because in the USA informing exam takers 3 months before exam that changes were made to the exam is not legal here. You need to give a 1 year heads about the change to come. So law students who failed do your homework on what you studied and let us know if your rights have been violated by the DG. Let us know what you will do about it. Please, Some people need to stop acting like the victims and act like winners. Go real hard or go home because you deserve what you got. Also is the time allocated for the exam reasonable? Mehn yall law students go do your homework and show us that you really went to law school.

  42. Emy

    October 19, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    No need for long talk. I wrote Bar Exams n I passed well. My set was introduced into a new curriculum and it was really difficult. Despite law school grading system, ie grading you with your lowest score, I passed well. If you don’t read well n answer questions straight to the point, you go fail! Shikena. Lawyers too plenty for naija. No space!!!

  43. kemi

    October 19, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    I felt my whole world coming to an end when I saw my result, I worked hard, so hard, I was even on drugs to control my headache,something must have gone wrong. I taught my best wasn’t enough, until I saw other people’s results, people I look up to, I refuse to accept this is our results, it needs to be reviewed. I appreciate all of your comments, in every exam, people pass and peopke fail, when the failure surpasses the pass then something is wrong

    • brownchocolate

      October 20, 2014 at 1:52 am

      ‘”I taught my best wasn’t enough, until I saw other people’s result” kemi you taught indeed! Smh!

    • kemi

      October 20, 2014 at 10:05 am

      @brownchocolate So u pick on people’s typographical error, shame on you.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      October 20, 2014 at 10:07 am

      … I’m very sorry that I have to do this but I find it to be particularly needed right here, with the title post in mind.

      “These are our results”
      “They need to be reviewed”
      “When the failures surpass the passes”

      @kemi, I empathise with you regarding the outcome of your result. From your tone, I take it you might have passed but with a grade much less than was expected? I realize how painful that must be and hope you find the justice you seek.

      @Brownchocolate, I agree with a lot of what you’ve written in your post immediately below. However, I don’t blame the students. I point the blame directly at all the Nigerian Tertiary institutions (for abandoning any semblance of integrity or good judgement in admitting and graduating students) and at the Nigerian Law School (for not giving any real thought to structuring their own admissions processes as well, instead of accepting the tuition fees of 6000 students and wasting a great amount of people’s time). In fact, my ire is more focused on the NLS because the Nigerian Universities are pretty much a lost cause but an institution which is managed by the Body of Benchers and (supposedly) distinguished members of the legal profession is to be held to a much higher standard.

      6000 students? There is no way in heck that the NLS was going to allow 6000 new wigs to get called to the Nigerian Bar all at once. That’s the plain truth so it makes me think that admitting this insane number of students was only about getting money into the bank, which is a pathetic scam indeed. The failure rate shouldn’t have happened at all for a truckload of reasons and doesn’t really help the loss in credibility which the profession continues to suffer from.

    • LILO

      October 20, 2014 at 11:56 am

      I’m glad they didn’t “pass” you sha. We serve a faithful God after all. Please stay in school Kemi and layoff social media.

    • Lilo is a fool

      October 20, 2014 at 10:36 pm

      @Lilo, get a life

  44. brownchocolate

    October 20, 2014 at 2:10 am

    It doesn’t surprise me at all that students are failing WAEC, Bar Exams, etc. Let’s face it. Nigeria is currently one of the worst places to school. We no longer have an educational system! It’s just a scam. You are frustrated from the day you enter school to the day you finish. When I was a kid there was nothing like after-school-lessons in schools. Everyone went home. very few parents got home tutors for their kids. And there was no massive failure. Today students who have no business studying law are taking bar exams. How will they not fail? Students who have no interest in medicine are taking medical exams. How won’t they mis diagnose symptoms? Students are sent off to school to study courses they have no interest in all for prestige. You apply for Engineering JAMB decides to offer you Business Studies. You apply for Drama JAMB decides to give you Pharmacy. Parents part with huge wads of naira so their children can write their exams in ‘special centres’. Most graduates do not even know how to write an application letter. That’s how bad it is. We don’t realise that tertiary education is not for everyone! This NYSC scam is the one that annoys me most! Billions being syphoned into the pockets of a bunch of greedy idiots in the name of NYSC. Look at the poor quality of uniforms these days. Up on till the late 80’s the uniforms were still something to write home about, made from high quality material, high quality boots. Nobody should get me started oh! You go to school and you stand tin over crowded rooms to recieve lectures! You struggle to do everything. You are forced to buy useless photocopies of text books being fronted as handouts/lecture notes. Abeg e don do! All tertiary institutions should be shut down! Its all a big fraud!

  45. Ijebu Boy

    October 20, 2014 at 3:02 am

    some of the lawyers who have come up here to make comments, how far the mis-spellings naa? might this be part of the problem?

    on the other hand, sue the law school? can you do that? lol. i am sorry i laughed.

  46. Ememobong

    October 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Wow!!! Alot of people certainly have opinions about this matter…..

  47. papermoon

    October 20, 2014 at 8:56 am

    students of the school of the hardest knocks…………. God be with you ooo

  48. christine

    October 20, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Some people here are lame in their comments
    I wrote the bar exams and I had a conditional pass!
    I was too shocked!the system truly needs a review!if they know they want to up the ante let them put proper structures and facilities in place!outdated library,tryanical lecturers,bad living condition to mention a few
    It took punch to write an article on the living conditions before things became better,
    A campus which Onadeko was DDG and was like a refugee camp until Mrs Adebiyi the current DDG made better
    To me this speaks volume about the person of Mr Onadeko!
    I don’t think you will go through that kind of stress and money spent and plan to fail unless you are sick in the head!
    There are many things that should be addressed as regards law school which isnt!
    This mirrors the Nigerian society at large
    For all those that had conditional pass or fail,i hope there is a review and if not study again and don’t give up though I know it isn’t going to be easy!
    And please do not erase the GOD factor!

  49. Titilayo

    October 20, 2014 at 11:37 am

    This is my take :
    1. Law school is not for everybody. It has always been hard.
    2. Dear know it all na DG no be VC
    3. Negative marking and all the other policies have always been there. If all the man did is cut down MCQ by 10 minutes, then he’s not a monster. Meanwhile why should second class students be allowed to rewrite ? Must everybody have a first class ? That’s jus ridiculous
    4. There aren’t too many lawyers in Nigeria. Trust me I thought so when I was in law school. There’s so many areas lawyers are needed apart from the ones in your brain.
    5. Exams alone are not 1000 pounds . Fees are in naira except bar 1 which is the introductory course for foreign trained students. Otherwise fees are like any other school. You pay at the beginning of the session. No special fees when its exam time. That’s like the most outrageous thing I ever heard.
    6. People always go crazy in law school. And half of the tension is caused by students themselves. I kept calm and slept well. And I wrote the exam once and passed.I did not get the 2:1 i expected but I sucked it up.
    7. Some people actually go to school to play believe it or not
    8. Failure surpassing pass means a lot of things could be wrong, not just one thing. However this is not the first time failures are surpassing passes in law school. Having said that, I have 2 of my degrees and 2 professional qualifications from Nigeria and law school is the place where connections work the least. Ask Tinubu, Osomo, Igbinedion.

    Seriously y’all be informed and stop spewing crap. All these complaints are exaggerated. Partly understandable though since most people are forming facts in their heads.

    • jonny coco

      October 20, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Your points to not negate the fact that there is a fundamental issue with the educational system.
      Hard exams mean anything from lower percentage in 1st, 2.1 results achieved to majority of students attaining a pass mark. 70 per cent failure to me, suggests that the powers that need to review something. Unless this was their plan in the first place, that is have a minimum number of students to be called.
      Because the fail rate surpassing the pass rate has happened in the past, does not make it alright for this history to keep repeating itself.
      I don’t personally believe negative marking is a positive thing.
      You have some salient points I agree with, however would like to ask you this question “Do you feel that you were able to harness your full potential under the current educational system in the Nigeria law school?”

  50. dinma

    October 20, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Eyaaa my sympathy….Just like i FAILED my last ICAN exam, though am a bright student. I blame just my self cos few persons passed and i could be among those that made it you know? LOL…Try hard nxt time fellas it will only make you better nxt time

  51. Titilayo

    October 20, 2014 at 11:48 am

    hahaha how are open university students champions in law ? Blood of Jesus !!!!!!!!! That your university matter ehn is another thread on its own. Champions league ni. What championship ? People that have been licensed sef are producing horrible graduates. Now long distance polytechnic too be tryna holla. I know a thing or two about your school so please I await your venomous reply lemme give it to you hotter than the coffee I will be sipping while waiting.

  52. Titilayo

    October 20, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Also sweetie, that is not exactly his sole decision to make. Be informed.


    October 20, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Bar finals in the Nigerian law school is the the most difficult and terrifying exams i ever wrote.I really feel sorry for those who failed.


    October 20, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    May i also add that as one of the few who passed this year, it was really traumatizing.It is unfair to sit in the USA and make comments about exams u know nothing about.I know what we all went through.For this massive failure to have occurred something certainly went wrong.For me the changes in the exams were so abrupt. Our lecturers told us what to espect in the exams only for the DG to announce changes 2 days to the exams.This is not done even in the USA. I urge those of u who sit abroad and make senseless criticisms about topical issues u know nothing about, to make your findings properly.My sincere sympathy to those of my colleagues who failed.I

    • Ada

      October 23, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      What to “espect”????? please return that your certificate!!!


    October 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Criticizing students who legitimately worked hard and ended up failing a difficult exams such as the bar finals smacks of nothing but ignorance. Even the New York Bar is not as though as the Nigerian law school Bar Finals. I think the reason for the massive failure this year is the drastic measures in the setting of the exams.Making changes in the exams barely two days to the exams being written, to my mind was unfair.My sympathy goes to those of my colleagues who failed

  56. jonny coco

    October 20, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Can I ask what you do for a living mr red sole?

  57. NNENNE

    October 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    @olodo kids…Your views about Nigerian education is very wrong.
    Nigerian doctors just like other foreign doctors (Even Americans who studied abroad), take a standardized exam , then residency before they star practicing medicine. Everyone does residency, whether you studied in the US or not. It is not retraining.
    Most people who go to medical school in Nigeria, especially from Southern Nigeria (Because they have different level of entrance),pass those exams well. The only thing you can talk about is infrastructure. They adjust very well. …those who merited the degree.
    As a matter of fact, most people who were not smart enough to get into medical school in Nigeria, will get in effortlessly in the USA. I am not a doctor but am an insider and have studied in both countries.
    Problem we have in Nigeria is man know man.Sometimes non deserving people get into positions. My Nigerian education served me very well. My American colleagues attest to that too.
    I can’t help but wonder how connected you are with Nigeria. Remember, over a million people are residing there and doing well!!

  58. peyton

    October 20, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    I will just make the following conclusions

    1. In my opinion law school is tough, and you have to work hard, it isn’t really about cramming but rather about how well you have understood legal principles and its application to problem questions given to you.
    2 Law school is fair i say this because in my university I was playful and had a bad result going into law school I buckled up I read preparation is key crash programmes will not work because you have alot to cover and alas I had a good result.
    3 This is not to hurt anyone’s feelings but Nigerian students have become lazy students don’t take academics seriously because people believe that after all they can be the next big star we no longer reward excellence people take shortcuts our attitude must change
    4. There are other professional exams and people fail as well anyone who has written ICan, ACCA ICSA will attest to that
    5 Our educational system is in shambles there is an urgent need for reforms from nursery school to the tertiary institutions and we need to encourage hard work, stir up the attitude of reading among young people not just sitting in front of the TV all day watching reality programmes or African magic.
    Blocking in universities should be made a criminal offence with stiff penalties and lecturers should be prosecuted if found guilty of such acts,
    Everyone is not meant to teach that you made a 1st class does not mean you are cut out to be a lecturer teaching is actually different from solo studying

  59. nnamdi

    October 25, 2014 at 9:52 am

    The DG of the Nigeria Law Scholl as well as the Members of the Nigeria Council of Legal Education are not good citizens to this country. Infact President Goodluck Jonathan should remove them immediately from office before they will trigger another round of violence on the nation that is overcharged with crisis. They call themselves tchnocracts. A technocract that cannot consider cogent factors before making any new policy is not qualified to occupy that position. Onadeko has proved that he is not competent to become the DG of of the Nigerian Law School. Sir Jegede occupied that position for many years without any crisis. Onadeko has occupied it for only 10 months and crisis has erupted in every segment of his administration.

    In a year the Nigerian Law School celebrated the Golden Jubilee is the year they would have recorded the highest number of call to bar and not the lowest.. So the Law school celebrated the golden jubilee in order to celebrate a golden failure. The golden jubilee celebration of the Nigerian Law School drew the attention of the whole world on the school. The DG due to his satanic and evil dispositions decided to frustarte the students by introducing sudden changes in the conduct of the exams without prior information to the students. 90% OF THE STUDENTS that failed did not fail because they cannot answer the questions, they failed because of the harsh conditions under which the exam was conducted.

    1 Onadeko changed the official time for MCQ questions in the exam hall from 60mins to 50 mins. What was his intention for this new change………………………………. for the students to fail and they have failed and he is very happy ………OOOO How satanic and wicked a man.

    2 He suddenly changed the time of some theory papers from 3hrs to 2hrs 30mins in the exam hall. One will ask, what was his plans for this change in duration of the exam. The answer is simple. He wants the students to fail. He is claiming that those that failed are the resit candidates. Why wont they fail when they knew the time alloted to their papers were suddenly changed This affected their composure in the exam hall. 88 among the resit candidate PASSED and 1390 of the resit candidates FAILED.. The members of the Council ofLegal Education did not ask what went wrong with the exam and rushed to release the exam in a Golden Year. One will ask, how are they qualified to occupy that position when they cannot detect an anomaly in a given situation. They claimed that they failed because they did attend lectures before the exam. What of the previous years when resit candidates have been passing without attending lectures?

    3 Again, The DG rushed candidates into the exam hall and sat them down for more than 1 hr without adminstering the question papers. Some of the candidates became frustrated and exhausted before the exam started after sitting down idle for more than 1 hrr . In this frustration, The DG suddenly shortened the time to ensure that they will never finish what they are writing. If you check the exam scripts of the candidates, you will notice that 9o% of the candidates did not answer all the questions not on the basis that they did not know the ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS but on the ground that time alloted to the questions were reduced suddenly.

    4 According to reported information on the net, The DG rejected the result submitted to him by the independent markers and proceeded to remark the scripts with instruction to mark down students that graduated with pass and 3rd class degrees from their universities. If you check that result, nearly all the students that graduated with pass degree and 3rd calss degree from their respective universities failed the bar 11 exam. This is a wrong system of grading when in previous years ubder sir Jegede, many students that graduated with pass and 3rd class degree made 1st class, 2nd class upper, and 2nd class lower.

    We really mourn the death of GANI FAWEHIMI. If he is still alive, HE would have challenged Onadeko and the council of legal education in the law court on the obnoxious conduct of the August 2014 bar 11 exam. Well, i think the likes of Femi Falana, Olisa Agbakoba, Festus Keyamu Dr Olu Onagorowa etc should rise up against this ignoble act that was executed on the Nigerian citizens that wrote the August 2014 bar 11 exam.

    Tension is rising on daily basis as a result of this golden jubillee bar 11 result failure. IN order to forestall any negative consequence on the polity that is overcharged already , they should rewiew that result as soon as possible.

  60. Half amused - half pissed observer

    October 25, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I see a lot of ignorant comments here. I’m not ignorant enough to suggest that every single student of the Nigerian Law School studied hard. At the same time, saying that the 70% who failed were all un-serious is a blatant display of foolishness. People need to stop making dumb comments on issues they know nothing about. Some people here probably only managed to get by in the university and have never written a professional exam in their life. If u don’t know what it’s like, u have no business talking smack about people who worked their asses off and still failed. Even though I passed the bar finals, I’m still shocked at the results. You people need to keep your bitterness to yourselves and do something with your lives.

  61. nnamdi

    October 26, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    The editor of this social media is baised against the students that were wrongly failed by the DG.

    You always delete strong comments against the DG and the Nigeria Law School on this ignoble result and will always allow romantic contributions that makes little or no meaning in favour of the DG and the Nigeria Law School. Infact, you have been bought over by the DG.

    I have posted two well researched contributions to this net on this issue and uptill now, you have refused to allow the public to read to know the real things that Onadeko and his cohorts did to us during the exam in August.

    Again, listen , their plans to fail 6000 students was hatched before the exam in August. Onadeko thought that as the DG , he can make any statement anyhow without knowing the consequencies. He said openly that there are too many lawyers in Nigeria and that he will only allow 1000 bar 11 candidates to be called to bar in Nov 2014. In order to achieve this intention, he decided to introduce sudden changes that will make the students to fail.

    1 He suddenly changed the time for MCQ from 60mins to 50mins in the hall in order to destabilize the students. Over the years, thousands that passed bar 11 exams excaped through their scores from the MCQ. From his wicked strategy of failure, once the students didnt do well in the MCQ, that student is on the verge to failure and he exactly achieved it.

    2 wHEN the theory papers started, he adopted a new frustrating strategy. He will rush students into the exam hall. Sat them dowm and allow them to become exhausted for more than one hour without serving the question pappers. An average Nigeria student is a crammer. They will always pour down what they have read and crammed as soon as they enter into the hall. So by allowing us to sit down for 1hr without writing the exam , diminishing return set in hence achieving his palns. Onadeko believed that he is smart and intelligent. We noted all these anomalies. We would have reacted against this negative developments but some students said that we should endure it and wait for the outcome of the result. That if this affects our result, that we will not take it and that is why we have rejecting the totality of that result for a comprehensive review.

    3 Again, he discovered that many candidates ability to pass the bar 11 exam in the past depended on their ability to to answer all the questions. In order to ensure that candidates will not answer all the questions, he reduced the 3hrs official TIME for the theory papers to 2hrs 30 mins. If you check the scripts of that exam, 90% of the candidates did not answer all the questions not because they do not know the answers to the questions but because of the sudden change in the official time of the exam.

    Please i know THAT they have bought you and your social network over. This is the truth and nothing but the truth. You should advise him to reveiw that result as soon as possible.

    Onadeko does not know the politics of the Nigeria lAW School. He just jumped into the seat without finding out certain issues about his assignment.

    Do you know that some communities in Nigeria will contribute money to send one person to study law. Then he will just come and fail that person who has studied so hard over the years.

    Do you know that no candidate passed the 2014 bar 11 exam from some Northern States
    in Nigeria? Some Northern States gave their candidates N1,000,000.00 for this programe, expecting for them to be called to bar in November 2014. Onadekos predecessor knew all these things and treaded softly for many years he occupied that position.

    Please advise him to retrace his steps, rewiew the result and allow 6000 candidtes to be called to bar in this golden year to justify the golden jubilee which he celeberated.

    If you fail to publish this contribution, our coalition will not be happy with your social medium.

    Thanks and Gobless You and your network.

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