Legal Drama

So Apparently the Nigerian Bar Exam Does Have a History of “MASSIVE Failure” for its Bar Candidates

Nigerian Law SchoolA few days ago, I asked what the deal was with the Nigerian Bar vs students who failed the bar exam this August. Law students/bar candidates claim 4000 of 6,000 failed the bar exam and that it was an outrageous result. Organizers of the bar exams said “not true.”  Over 57% passed the bar. I asked which it was and asked colleagues to circle back.

Here is a response I received.

“Hello Uduak! How have you been?

Just a note on the Nigerian Bar Exams…

I don’t have the exact figures of the pass rate this year but I can confirm that the Nigerian Law School has a notoriously high failure rate.

I was called to bar in May 2002. That year, only 25% of us passed. This was the percentage of first time takers that attended the one-year program at the Nigerian Law School 2001-2002.

The 75% failure rate in 2002 is on record.

I did not expect it to be different this year.” – Nigerian Lawyer

Okay people, there you have it. So, the students/bar candidates are in fact not lying.

What is the Nigerian Bar Association going to do about this massive failure rate? What’s the way forward?

Are the students/bar exam candidates entitled to having their exams reviewed? What’s the grading process and how do they select the graders? Who are the graders, by that I mean the demographic i.e. practicing lawyers, law professors, judges?


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