NALT urges overhaul of legal education curriculum
THE Nigerian Association of Law Teachers (NALT) has called for the overhaul of the curriculum of legal education in Nigeria to accommodate new areas of market economics and developmental studies.
The group stated that the new areas of market economics development studies includes: Agriculture, Medical Science, Physiology, Nursing, Sociology, Psychology and Marketing among others.
In a statement signed by head of Public Relations of NALT, Mr Tunde Olofintila, it stated that immediate expansion and reformation of the curriculum will guarantee rapid development.
The call was made at the end of the Association’s 48th Annual Conference held at Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) recently.
In the communique signed by NALT President, Associate Prof. Smaranda Olarinde,the group noted that such immediate expansion and reformation of the curriculum will guarantee rapid development of the different spheres of the society and make law graduates employable in different fields of human endeavor.
The group also emphasized that conscious efforts should be made to adopt the comparative and global perspectives to legal education in Nigeria both at the Law Faculties and at the Law School against the current trend which focuses mainly on domestic/municipal laws which cannot guarantee the production of legal practitioners who can respond effectively to the growing challenges of globalization.
“The curricula of legal education in the Universities and the Law School should be restructured to incorporate comparative and global legal studies for the benefit of Nigerian lawyers who desire to play at the global level.
“The Law teachers would want more attention to be paid to ethical issues in the admission of candidates into the law programme, admission of university graduates into the Law School and above all, admission of Law School graduates into the Bar to checkmate the infiltration of men and women of questionable character into the legal profession and ensure the sustenance of the sanctity and nobility of the law profession”, they declared.
The president Nigeria Association of Law In a related development, NALT president, Dr. Abdulkareem Abubakar Kana, has restated his commitment towards ensuring that the teaching of law in Nigerian institutions of learning is given the necessary boost especially in terms of the needed infrastructure and welfare of teachers in the overall interest of the country.
Kana stated this while addressing Journalists in Keffi, Nasarawa state. He said: “The body has the mandate of ensuring best practices in the teaching and study of the legal profession in the country intent upon keeping up with the ever constant evolution in legal practice and the need to keep abreast and in pace.”