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NIGERIAN Bar, yesterday, received 1,785 candidates who passed the January 2020 Bar final examination conducted by the Nigerian Law School under the supervision of the Council of Legal Education.
Speaking at the Call to Bar ceremony held at the Eagle Square, Abuja, Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Prof. Isa Hayatu (SAN), said 1,779 candidates passed the Bar final examination, while six candidates were from previous Bar final examinations.
According to Hayatu, 2,515 students participated in the examination out of which 1,779 were successful.Five candidates were graded in first class, 76 got second class upper, 633 graduated with second class lower, while 1,065 came out with a pass.
He said the candidates successfully completed vocational training at the Nigerian Law School as prescribed by the Legal Education Act and had also taken the prescribed examinations, dining terms and met all other conditions set by the Council of Legal Education.
“I am happy to affirm that they all exhibited good manners and decorum during their training. They have also been groomed in the best ethics and ethos of our noble profession,” he said.
Hayatu, who congratulated the ‘new wigs’ for their hard work, dedication and steadfastness, disclosed that he closely monitored them during their training and vouch for each and every one of them as men and women of learning and character as demanded by the Council of Legal Education.
In his speech, the Chairman of the Body of Benchers, O. C Okocha (SAN), said since its inception in 1962, the Council of Legal Education, through the Nigerian Law School, has continued to ensure that all candidates for admission into the legal profession in Nigeria are equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills to enable them practice as legal practitioners.
He urged the new lawyers to be of good character, uphold honesty and integrity, which are the hallmarks of the legal profession.
“In all that you do while in practice, commit yourselves to uphold the rule of law and pursuit for justice. As legal practitioners, we are all bound to observe and uphold the rules of professional conduct,” he said.
Okocha, who is also a life bencher, warned the new lawyers that any breach of the rules and regulations will be met with severe census and sanctions.
He said the Body of Benchers has the power to enforce discipline and decorum at the Bar and that the exercise of the power is done through the instrumentality of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, LPDC, which is a standing committee of the Body of Benchers.
Okocha, therefore, encouraged the new lawyers to be of good character and conduct and not to be found wanting in any way whatsoever in their conduct as lawyers.

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