House Bemoans Law School’s Exorbitant Fees

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MEMBERS OF HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AT A SPECIAL SITTING TO MARK END OF THE 2ND YEAR OF THE 7TH ASSEMBLY IN ABUJA ON THURSDAY (6/6/13).

Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
The House of Representatives has expressed worry at the continuing inability of most law graduates to attend the Nigerian Law School due to the exorbitant fees, even though the school is funded by the federal government.

The House at plenary yesterday said the basic school fees for the 2016/2017 session of N250,000 and N295,000 for Bar Part I and Bar Part II for Nigerian Law graduates, usually increases to between N320,000 to N350,000 respectively, with additional compulsory payments.

It therefore directed its Committees on Justice, Tertiary Education to liaise with the Director General of the Nigerian Law School and other relevant bodies to discuss the reasons for the high fees and proffer possible solutions.
The resolution followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Mark Terseer Gbillah (Benue APC) who noted that there appears to be no resolve to assuage the sufferings of the students of the school.

“…and a basic school fees of N 1,145,000 and N620,000 for Bar Part I and Bar Part II Law graduates from abroad which increases to between N 1,120,000 to N700,000 respectively when you include other compulsory payments, in addition to the compulsory requirement of a laptop for each student for the typically one year session and additional costs for feeding, academic materials and general upkeep,” the lawmaker said.

He added that majority of the law graduates cannot afford the fees, while some have resorted to  borrowing, sale of properties and belongings, and some illegality to raise the fees.

“Convinced that given the prevailing economic circumstances in the country and the insistence by some legal luminaries that the profession is elitist and the training capital intensive, it is imperative for the Federal Government and all stakeholders to stop paying lip service to the problem and initiate an emergency national discourse to safeguard the future of this noble profession and the plethora of prospective lawyers who are constrained to wait for up to two years for another opportunity, if they default in the payment of fees,” Gbillah said.

  • I’ve said it before and it is as if the reps have been reading my lips. Law students at the Nigerian law school have been decrying the exorbitant costs of attending the Nigerian law school. Many who have graduated from the LLB program have had to suffer the setback of wasting an entire year after graduation inorder to rally round to gather this mammoth law school tuition from parents and relatives while some parents have had to go naked selling their precious possesions to foot the cost of this one year vocational training at the NLS, an amount that more than doubles the entire cost of getting an 5 year LLB at Nigerian Federal University.
    The austerity engendered by this all-pervading recession in the country has certainly not helped the cause of law students at the Nigerian law school.
    The authorities have to act fast to allay the suffering and hardships experienced by law school aspirants by bring down the tuition costs and I hope they back up their talk with some serious action. They can’t be all mouth and trousers anymore.