Introduction to Law
Law is a system of rules that are created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate behavior. Law is a system that regulates and ensures that individuals or a community adhere to the will of the state. State-enforced laws can be made by a collective legislature or by a single legislator, resulting in statutes, by the executive through decrees and regulations, or established by judges through precedent, normally in common law jurisdictions. Private individuals can create legally binding contracts, including arbitration agreements that may elect to accept alternative arbitration to the normal court process. The formation of laws themselves may be influenced by a constitution, written or tacit, and the rights encoded therein. The law shapes politics, economics, history and society in various ways and serves as a mediator of relations between people.
Scope of Law
Law is one of the booming career choices. Now students can opt to specialize in different options like corporate law, patent, etc. A law degree not only gives you a chance to work as a lawyer in the courts, but also opens career options in different other sectors like administrative, corporate management and legal services.
There are abundant job opportunities available for a law graduate. After completing your course, you can either work as an advocate in the law court or can also work with corporate firms. By clearing examinations conducted by Public Service, you can become a judge. With years of experience and knowledge, a law graduate can hope to grab a job position as Solicitor General and Public Prosecutor. It is also possible to take up a legal job as an advisor to different organizations. Working with newspapers or television as a reporter or teaching law in college/university is another option.
Skills and Competencies needed in Law
A law degree covers the foundation subjects that are required for entry into the legal professions. But the understanding of legal implications and obligations, combined with the ability to apply this knowledge in practice, is valuable in many parts of the public, private and voluntary sectors.
The range of skills that a law degree provides includes:
- research skills using a range of sources, including verbal questioning
- evaluation skills and the ability to interpret and explain complex information clearly
- analytical skills
- reasoning and critical judgement skills
- the ability to formulate sound arguments
- lateral thinking and problem-solving skills
- the ability to write concisely
- confident and persuasive oral communication skills
- attention to detail and the ability to draft formal documents with precision.
Career Opportunities and Job Prospects in Law
- Barrister's clerk
- Chartered legal executive
- Company secretary
- Licensed conveyancer
- Advice worker
- Chartered accountant
- Civil Service administrator
- Data analyst
- Data scientist
- Human resources officer
- Patent attorney
- Trading standards officer
- Legal Analyst
- Legal Advisor
- Civil Litigation Lawyer
- Government Lawyer
Admission Requirements for the study of Law in Nigeria
The O'level subject combination and requirements needed to study Law;
You require; Five ‘O’ level credit passes to include English Language, Literature in English and Mathematics.
In UTME, please note that English Language is Compulsory for this course. Therefore, the three (3) other JAMB UTME subject combination needed to study Law under the Faculty of Law in the above Universities include;
Any three Arts or Social Science subjects.