Embrace Workable Options for 21st Century Lawyers, Says Eyiboh


Former Spokesperson of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Eseme Eyiboh, has called on Law students of the University of Uyo to embrace trusted 21st Century options capable of making them stand tall in their chosen field of profession.

The immediate past Chairman of Cross River Basin Development Authorities (CRBDA), said the thousands of Law graduates across the country on a yearly basis could only pose a challenge of job scarcity in the labour market for students who may have toiled to graduate with flying colours.

Eyiboh stated this while delivering his Keynote Address on Wednesday, October 13, at the 2021 induction ceremony of Justice Udo Udoma Students’ Chambers of the Faculty of Law, University of Uyo.

Speaking on the topic, ‘Leveraging The Evolution of Legal Practice as 21st Century Lawyer’, Eyiboh noted that while it is possible for students to always study hard to pass their examinations, they must be deliberate at learning so as to attract commensurate earning.

“Since you read to pass your examination, you can only earn a living through learning,” he said.

He emphasised the advantage of mind power as a factor for self sustenance, even in a more intense competitive future.

The pioneer ‘Dean of Intellectual Wing’ of the House of Representatives listed pleasant options available for the 21st Century lawyers.

Among the options were the need for Lawyers to build core competencies, embrace technology, learn an additional International language, develop and hone soft skills, and get a mentor.

Eyiboh added that the 21 Century lawyers must, enhance their network, join profession bodies, build a personal brand and commit to constant learning.

He concluded that these options have the needed potentials towards giving job security to Law graduates who stand themselves out to attract clients in all areas of the legal practice.

Also speaking, the renowned Justice Ifiok Ukana (Rtd) admonished Law students at the Justice Udo Udoma Chambers and beyond not to lose focus in their passion but stay on course to meet their dreams.

Justice Ukana gave the assurance that he would network with relevant professional bodies to fix up Law students at the Justice Udo Udoma Chambers, stressing that it was impossible for them to be stranded at the chambers.

The well attended event featured the induction of fresh members of the Justice Udo Udoma Students’ Chambers of the Faculty of Law, University of Uyo.