I have always loved law television drama series, I must admit The Good Wife, How to Get Away with Murder and Suits are some of my favorites, I swear that most of the law terms, legal precedents and citations I know are from them. Who knows, I’d probably be a lawyer in my next life. The law profession has always had a conservative suave and finesse to it, it sharpens your mind, strengthens your resolve, exposes you to a theory and practical approach to laws and powers of the society, helps you develop a variety of skills like reading, research, presentation, critical reasoning, complex logical arguments, and writing. There are good employment prospects, with an array of specializations, and above all it commands respect amongst your counterparts (or should I say “learned friends”)
To gain acceptance into international law schools as a Nigerian student, you must familiarize yourself with requirements such as:
- Bachelor degree from an accredited university with a grade point average of 3.5 and above
- Entrance examination scores such as LSAT, LNAT, etc.
- University transcripts
- Preliminary school certificates i.e. WEAC, Year One undergraduate transcripts
- Previous work experience or internship in a law firm
- Personal statement
- Letters of recommendation
- Evidence of involvement in extracurricular activities i.e. clubs, organizations, leadership positions
- English language requirements, i.e. IELTS, TOEFL, PEARSON iBT
As a Nigerian student who wants to study in the legal field abroad, but you’re not sure where, I have pulled out a few from top law school rankings, based on school reputations. These are some of the best schools to advance your education in the law field, and here are 10 of them:
This is one of the most prestigious and professional law schools in the world, it is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The faculty includes leading specialists in every subject area of more than 100 full-time professors and about 150 visiting professors. The curriculum includes about 260 courses and seminars which cover a broad range of recent legal fields. The centerpiece of the HLS experience is working directly with scholars who shape the landscape of American and international law. Its students produce cutting-edge research and influence the development of the law and of societies around the world.
The Law Faculty of the Cambridge University is one of the world’s most premier law schools. It is highly renowned for its quality teaching and outstanding legal research. The Faculty houses the Institute of Criminology as well as 11 Research Centres. The Faculty has 24 professors, nine readers, and over 70 other University, Faculty and College Teaching Officers.
This is the law school of the University of Oxford; it has a history of over 800 years of teaching and writing law. It operates a system of unique personalized tutorials, whereby students are taught by faculty in groups of one to three. The Faculty has a number of research centres and institutes such as the Centre for Criminology, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Institute of European and Comparative Law, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Centre for Business Taxation.
The Yale University law school is located in New Haven, Connecticut. The school is characterized by its small size and prestige.
Columbia Law’s faculty is highly regarded for its teaching and scholarship in a number of different areas.
The law school of Stanford University, is located in the Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, California. It is highly ranked amongst the top law schools in the US and the world respectively.
The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, is one of the nine Schools in the College. The School of Law is one of the world’s renowned schools to study law, the department an unparalleled international and interdisciplinary outlook in teaching and research.
The Law Department is one of the largest in the School. It has played a major role in policy debates and policy-making and in the education of lawyers and law teachers from around the world. Members of the LSE alumni were prominent among the founders of the Modern Law Review, a journal that quickly achieved an international and influential role at the forefront of legal scholarship. Many important subjects were first taught and examined systematically from an academic perspective at the LSE. These include banking law, taxation law, civil litigation, company law, labour law, family law, aspects of welfare law, and studies of the legal system and the legal profession.
Melbourne Law School is one of the graduate schools of the University of Melbourne. It is a leader and innovator in legal education, and a vibrant place of learning that values ideas, excellence and intellectual exchange. MLS Australia offers J.D., LL.M, M.Phil., Ph.D, and LL.D degrees.
The University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law has been rated as one of the top most prestigious law school in Canada. The faculty currently offers the JD, LLM, SJD, MSL, and GPLLM degrees in law.
Durham Law School is one of UK’s leading centres for legal research and teaching. Durham is ranked 41st in the world for law by the 2016 QS World University Rankings. These are the major areas of research in the law school: English private and commercial law, UK public law, Law and medicine, Human rights, Criminal law and criminal justice, Public international law, Legal theory, EU law, Gender and law.
The Faculty of Law is one of the largest in Germany. In addition to its required program, it offers a wide range of courses in special fields as well as the option to qualify for international and European business law after the First State Examination or an equivalent foreign degree. Students with a foreign degree can also obtain a degree in German law.
In conclusion, I do hope that I’ve been able to convince or broaden your mind on some of the best international schools to get your degree in the legal profession. Please suggest more, rep yours, like, share and comment in the section below.