Baze University

Law

Faculty of Law

Law


INTRODUCTION

Established in 2011, Baze University commenced academic activities with 5 (five) female students and now has over 400 students. Since inception, the faculty has graduated 300 students prior to 2020. Currently, the faculty has two (2) Departments viz; 1) Private and Commercial Law, 2) Public and International Law.
The faculty offers both Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses. At undergraduate level, the courses include: Law of Evidence, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Intellectual Property Law, Contract Law, Constitutional Law, Law of Business Associations, Energy Law, Taxation, Environmental Law, Law of Commercial Transactions, Jurisprudence & Legal Theory, Legal Research and Writing, Social Justice, Public Interest Law, Nigerian Legal System, Administrative Law, International Humanitarian Law, Islamic Law, Law of Torts, Equity, Public International Law, Law of Trusts, Clinical & Moot Court Practice, Criminal Law, Land Law. The faculty has achieved complete accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Council of Legal Education (CLE).

AIMS, OBJECTIVES & VISION

The Faculty aims at providing in-depth education that fuses pedagogical and practical approaches to train lawyers who can solve the problems of the 21st Century and beyond. The emphasis of legal education at the Baze University is problem-solving competencies embedded in the most current and coherent theoretical knowledge. The flagship of the Baze legal education is the clinical moot court which exposes our students to practice of public interest long before they are called to the Bar. By so doing, they have a head-start in the practice of Law. Based on this commitment, the Baze law faculty aims at training and empowering students with analytical insights and practical skills and competencies needed to solve complex legal problems in government, business, and social institutions.
Our approach to legal education is to mainstream both deep theories and clinical experiences to help students become first-rate professionals who understand the complexities of social settings in which legal problems manifest and have the ability to offer viable solutions to their client. To this end, we place much emphasis on courses like social justice, public interest litigation, professional ethics and legal research and writing to give the students early orientation on legal case work.

PROGRAMMES

Baze Law Faculty runs two degree programmes: the LLB and the LLM programmes. The flagship of the Baze legal education is the clinical which exposes our students to practice of public interest long before they are called to bar.
The faculty publishes a quarterly peer-reviewed law journal and occasional papers and books that focus on law and policy as its contribution to the development of legal education in Nigeria. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENT

In line with NUC regulation, we admit students who have completed senior secondary school and hold school certificate. Students can be admitted through the Joint Matriculation Examination (JME) and through direct entry. The LLM is a three-semester course work with a requirement of a major paper. LLM candidates are required to have passed the LLB degree or its equivalent from recognised universities in Nigeria and abroad. The applicant to the programme must have completed the compulsory National Youth Service to be considered for admission. This requirement does not apply to non-Nigerians.

DEPARTMENTS

The Baze Law Faculty offers undergraduate and graduate education through two departments: Private and Commercial Law, and Public & International Law.
Our courses are designed to provide in-depth education that fuses pedagogical and practical approaches to train lawyers who can solve the problems of the 21st Century. The emphasis of legal education at the Baze University is problem-solving competencies embedded in the most current and coherent theoretical knowledge. This is reflected in the content of the courses and the structure of departmental interactions and relationship.

MOOT COURT

Practical experience through clinical classes is supplemented with moot court session. The Moot Court provides our students with practical experience of litigation so that before law school, they will develop the critical components of the analytical and communicative skills required for successful legal practice. Moot Court sessions prepare students for excellence in litigation. Baze Law Faculty has excelled several times in Moot Court contests in Nigeria.

DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC LECTURES:

Baze University exploits its strategic location at the heart of the nation’s capital to bring distinguished jurists, leading administrators, globally acclaimed public intellectuals, and diplomats to speak at our periodic public lectures.
Our students also have opportunity to participate in many university-wide academic seminars conducted by various faculties. This exposure to academic fora enhances the multidisciplinary approach to learning at the law faculty.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP: 

We encourage our students to learn leadership by doing. Apart from mandatory courses like entrepreneurship and management from other departments, we encourage robust student government and formation of social and professional associations by students. The law student association at Baze has gained reputation for its public engagement in promoting good governance and intervening on behalf of the deprived or excluded social groups.


ABOUT THE LL.M

Master of Laws Programme at Baze University uniquely offers an advanced and stimulating range of courses to adapt to major legal and global developments and trends. Baze University LL.M degree aims at producing the highest quality of law academics, policy managers, legal practitioners and legislative reformers who understand the complexities of the law and legal doctrines to enhance societal needs. The program borrows from the American and European educational curricula to achieve the strategic objective of international best practices in Law.
Some of the courses offered are: 
  • Advanced Legal Theory & Jurisprudence
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Corporate Law, Securities and Financial Management
  • Energy and Environmental Laws
  • International trade and Law of Commercial transactions
  • International human Rights and Comparative Constitutional Law.
  • Long Essay

The LLM is a three-semester course work with a requirement of a major paper. LLM candidates are required to have passed the LLB degree or its equivalent from recognised universities in Nigeria and abroad. The applicant to the programme must have completed the compulsory National Youth Service to be considered for admission. This requirement does not apply to non-Nigerians. Dr. Effiong Esu, former Acting Director-General of Corporate Affairs Commission, is the Coordinator of the LLM Programme.
At the end, successful candidates will obtain a general LLM degree. Concentration and specialization will depend on the chosen field of research for the mandatory LLM paper.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Analysis of Nigeria’s policy framework
  • Knowledge of advanced study in all concepts and practices.
  • Development of international research capabilities and competencies.
  • Appraisal of legal regimes and judicial attitudes, fiscal responsibilities and migration challenges.
  • Entrepreneurial understanding initiatives (domestic and foreign), international debt structures and their trajectories.


CUTTING EDGE

Students are exposed to high legal education, transferable skills and advanced legal capabilities which will adequately equip them for professional advancement in our competitive age. The programme is delivered by a scholarly community with world class specialists who are supported by diverse portfolio modules. Our variety of courses enables students to choose from a wide range of modules appropriate to one’s chosen specialisation.
Baze University’s legal education, in line with the university’s motto: “Learn to Live”, utilizes cutting-edge ICT capabilities to make learning both interesting and rewarding. Our British-style semester program allows students to learn at their pace. We are at the heart of Nigeria’s political capital. Therefore, we leverage on diplomatic and governance resources to make legal education contemporary and relevant to public policy and international affairs in a globalised world.

OUR COMMITMENT:

The program is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research with political focus on developing leadership in a global economy. 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

a. Undergraduate:
SSCE with credits in English & Mathematics and Literature
b. LL.M
At least a 2nd class degree in Law from a recognised university. 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

Law, Ethics, Entrepreneur, Leadership


GRADUATE DESTINATION:

  • Development and International Agencies
  • Government and politics, Legislative activities
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Arbitration, etc.
  • Negotiation and Conflict Institutions
  • Entrepreneurship Law Practice & Judiciary
  • Research Institutes


PROGRAM AT A GLANCE:

Program Code:   LLM
Length of Study:   12 months
Study Options:   Full time
Department:   Postgraduate School.


RELATED COURSES:

MBA (Master of Business Administration)
Business Management (MSc)
Masters of Computer Science (MSc)
Masters of Public Administration (MPA)
Masters of Laws
Masters of Accounting (MSc)


Dr. Kathleen Okafor
LLB, B.L, LLM, Ph.D, FCIArb.
Ag. Dean, Faculty of Law
Baze University, Abuja. 


Courses


Law LLB

Business Law LLB

Private and Public Law LLB