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Law is one of the most lucrative professions in Nigeria and in the world. So, quite a number of graduating secondary school students desire to study law. They don’t just desire to study law, they want to do it at the best law university in Nigeria. If you are curious about the best law schools in Nigeria, this article is for you.
Universities in Nigeria have produced a good number of the very best lawyers practising in Nigeria and beyond. Most of these lawyers graduated from some of the universities you will be reading about shortly.
Below is a list of the top best 20 universities in Nigeria where you can study law in ascending order.
20. The University of Abuja
The University of Abuja is one of the federal universities in Nigeria. It was founded on the 1st of January, 1988 and it commenced academic work in 1990. Since it began its activities, the university has performed excellently, and they have one of the best law school in Nigeria.
19. Covenant University
Covenant University is a private university in Nigeria. This University is one of the best universities and the best private university in Nigeria. Their Faculty of Law is a very strong and disciplined one. This can also be said about every faculty at this university.
18. Ekiti State University (EKSU)
As the name implies, this is a state university. Getting admission into EKSU is not that competitive but the university has an excellent academic performance.
17. Afe Babalola University
Afe Babalola University is one of the top private universities in Nigeria. Their law school is a hot spot every year for students looking to study in Nigeria.
16. University of Calabar
The University of Calabar popularly known as UNICAL is a federal university located in Cross River State, Nigeria. It was formerly a campus of the University of Nigeria until after the creation of Cross River. The university was founded in 1975. Their faculty of law was established in 1980, and it is one of the best law schools in Nigeria.
15. Olabisi Onabanjo University
Olabisi Onabanjo University is a state university located in Ago Iwoye in Ogun State Nigeria. The university was formerly called as Ogun State University before it was renamed. This University is one of the best universities for law program in Nigeria.
14. Delta State University (DELSU)
Delta State University is a multi-campus system state university. Its main campus is located in Abraka while the other two campuses are situated in Anwai, Asaba, and Oleh, Delta. The faculty of Law is located at the Oleh Campus and it is one of the best Nigeria law school.
13. Ambrose Alli University Ambrose
Alli University is a state owned university formerly known as Edo State University. It was founded in 1981. The university has one of the best law schools in Nigeria. Their faculty of law since it began, has graduated some of the best, hard working and successful legal practitioners both at the national and international levels. They have won different moot court competitions and have also represented Nigeria at competitions outside Nigeria.
12. Abia State University
Abia State University is another state owned university on this list. The university was established in 1981 to expand the admission opportunities in Nigeria. It has since lived up to expectation. The university runs a collegiate system, and their College of Law is one of the best law schools in Nigeria.
11. University of Maiduguri
The University of Maiduguri is one of the best universities located in the northern part of Nigeria. Founded in 1975, it is one of the oldest federal universities in the country. The university is particularly renowned for its law program.
10. Babcock University
Babcock University is one of the best private universities in Nigeria, and it is situated in Ogun State. Over the years, the university prides itself on outstanding academic performance, and its faculty of law is not an exception.
9. Ahmadu Bello University, Abu, Zaria
Ahmadu Bello University is one of the very good federal universities in the northern part of the country. The university has been known for years for its excellent academic performance. When it comes to law, this university is one of the best places to study.
8. Lagos State University (LASU)
Lagos State University is the most popular and best state-owned universities in Nigeria. Their faculty of law is one of the best law school in our country. One of the notable alumni of their law school is the current vice president of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a Professor of Law.
7. University of Benin
The University of Benin was founded in 1970 and it is one of the first generation federal universities in Nigeria. Their faculty of law has produced some of the best notable legal practitioners in the country. Some of them include the former governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Josephine Anenih who is a former Nigerian minister.
6. University of Jos
The University of Jos was formerly a campus of the University of Ibadan until 1975. Now it has one of the best law schools in Nigeria.
5. Obafemi Awolowo University
A university that needs no introduction, Obafemi Awolowo University is one of the most notable institutions in Nigeria. The university is one of the most competitive in the country and most students in Nigeria dream of attending Obafemi Awolowo University. Just as high as the reputation of this university goes, so also is their law school. The competitiveness places their faculty of law among the best in Nigeria.
4. University of Nigeria, Nsukka
The University of Nigeria, Nsukka is one of the first generation federal universities founded before independence in Nigeria. The Faculty of Law of the university is the oldest in our country. It has made an immense contribution to legal education and practice in Nigeria. Now it is high time to name the three top universities, where almost every student wants to study law.
3. University of Ibadan
The University of Ibadan is Nigeria’s first premier university. It is one of the most prestigious university in the country, currently ranked the best in Nigeria and needs no introduction. Another dream for most high school student in Nigeria is an admission into this university. The university of Ibadan has produced some of the best-distinguished lawyers in the country and six of their alumni have been made Senior Advocates of Nigeria till date.
2. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
The University of Lagos popularly known as Unilag is one of the top and prestigious universities in Nigeria. Another competitive university with a track record of excellence in academics. The university has produced graduates that have made a tremendous contribution to Nigeria today across many fields. Their faculty of law is not an exception and it is the second on our list of the best universities to study law in our country.
1. University of Ilorin
The University of Ilorin is a popular federal university in Nigeria and is always ranked among the top universities in the country. It is one of the most sought after universities for studying and not just law. The university is ranked first on our list of top 20 universities in Nigeria to study law.
Entering these universities in Nigeria is very competitive. So if you were able to get admission to study law at any of these higher educational institutions, you have to buckle up and be at your best. We hope your knowledge and hard work will be appreciated and you will be lucky enough to become an alumnus of one of these best universities in the country.