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Mohammed identifies causes of decline in legal education

By Innocent Anaba
Director General of the Nigerian Law School, Dr Tahir Mohammed, yesterday attributed the decline in legal education in Nigeria to the progressive decline in university education, reduction in the number of lecturers and the technicality  of legal education fostered on the country by early generation of law teachers.

Dr Mohammed, who spoke on the theme, “The Globalization of legal Practice: The Challenges for Legal Education in Nigeria” in Lagos,  called on the  Federal Government to critically look at the state of education in the country and if need be, declare a state of emergency on the sector, saying that this had become imperative due to the lack of spare parts for human resources.

Describing legal education as the most neglected by government, he said legal education and training at the local level was too important to be left to teachers alone at the Law Schools.

He said, “you either have human resources or not or you either develop them or not. There is no spare part for that. Since legal practice has mounted this global stage as a business, it must then adjust its strategies and strengths. So, the adage of if you cannot defeat them, join them was adopted as a realistic philosophy.”


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