Students' laziness caused mass failure at Law school

The mass failure of students in the last Nigerian Law School exams is as a result of the students' lack of concentration, not falling standards says Barrister Abang Odok Ogar.

An Abuja-based private legal practitioner and former Principal Registrar of the High Court, Barrister Abang Odok Ogar, has blamed students unseriousness for the recent mass failure recorded in the recent Nigerian Law School exams.

Speaking in an interview with Daily Trust, Ogar said the "embarrassing" failure is a sign of students' unpreparedness, not an institutional.

"The failure in the Nigerian Law School is quite embarrassing to me. Anybody going to the Law School should be prepared to face the challenges there," Ogar said

"But unfortunately, these days most of the students don’t want to commit their time to proper studies."

Ogar also said the standard of the Law School programme has approved as opposed to some opinions made after about 70% of the 6,000 candidates who took the bar exams failed.

“The mass failure at the Nigerian Law School is an insult to the legal system," one of the protesting students told PM News in October.

Ogar disagreed.

"By my estimation Law School standard has not dropped, it has rather improved.

"With the introduction of internet learning, internet assessment or internet research - the clinical law and video conferencing - it has improved because in our time we never had such.

"It conforms to international best practices; the Harvard Law School standard," he said.

He concluded that students fail only because of their lack of commitment.

"I think the students, rather than devote their time to appropriate studies with the laptop or systems, veer off to look at other applications on the internet thereby causing some kind of interference in their studies.

"Law school programme is such that you must give hundred percent intensive concentration, otherwise you lose out."

Ogar called for the introduction measures that will inspire the students to study as a remedy.

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