Hi guys, my name is Bukola. Legal Practitioner. I graduated from NLS KANO and I am one of the new wigs that just got called to the Nigerian bar as a “Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria” at the recently held call to bar ceremony.
I planned to do this write-up earlier but I just got so busy and kept procrastinating, I believe this is good a time as any other time. Especially to those posted to Kano.
So just like you, I had heard soooo much about law school, some people even sent me soft copy of notes and PowerPoint documents of lectures from law school, I heard how difficult law school was and how I was going to lose weight, read like a fool and all to enable me have a good grade. Some people even told me not to aim too high because of the grading system (your lowest grade is your result ).
I went to law school armed with zeal and determination to do all it took to succeed.
Yeah unlike most of you, I chose Kano campus personally, I heard it was a good place to study with little to no distractions.
I went to Kano a day before registration to enable me secure a good room (very essential! ) from the first day, even before lectures commenced, some people were already reading, others were trying to look for ‘serious minded people’ to form study groups, others just couldn’t come and die! They were already at Mami socializing.
I met some serious ladies and from the first day we all made it clear that we wanted to pass very well. So as soon as lectures commenced we were overwhelmed, law school lectures were bulky! We were in class from 9-5 each day! Very different from university, we couldn’t cope with our reading plan.
In law school one very key thing is to KNOW WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!
I have never been a marathon reader. In fact I was not an everyday reader but I was ready to try it because everyone was doing it, I tried forming notes (ko werk) so I called some of my smart seniors that did well the previous year and the advice I was given helped me. They told me
1. Prepare your mind, you cannot fail law school.
2. Don’t copy anyone, read at your pace.
3. Don’t miss classes.
4. Get an overview of the topic before each class.
5. REST WELL, EAT WELL, PLAY WELL!
So I just stopped doing what my friends were doing I played a lot, I watched movies, I slept well, I just chilled for the first and second term. I attended all my lectures, attended MOST of my group meetings, I prayed even more.
Before externship, I had ideas on all my topics because I was always in class but I was not exam ready at all, but I wasn’t scared. I just made a timetable and made up my mind to follow it! So I basically prepared for bar finals during externship.
Now this worked for me, but I’m not sure it will work for you, but I had mates that started reading from before day 1 that were still not ready when exams came…
Tips that worked for me.
1. Draft! I had draft notes for all my lectures. Please don’tavoid drafts, you cant pass the bar without drafting! (I spiral bound plain sheets and used them for drafts)
Please don’t cram your drafts, learn them!
2. Learn your principles and exceptions! Every topic has general principles and exceptions!
3. Don’t joke with professional ethics and skills! It looks like a joke but its bulky.
4. Discuss! Don’t read in isolation, read on your own, but discuss with people.
5. Don’t undermine anyone, no one is dull! Don’t be proud! If you have not passed the bar yet, you are still teachable
6. Don’t read outside syllabus! Dont waste your time on academic arguments in class, it will be detrimental.
7. Listen! Law school lecturers are the ones setting exams, listen to them, forget all those lawyers you know at home!
8. Please attend revision!
9. Believe you cannot fail, then determine what grade you want to work for, that way fear will be eliminated.
10. Attend CHAPEL OF FAVOR! Don’t skip church! Chaplain is very experienced, he has seen it all, don’t be too busy to attend CHAPEL at least once weekly.
11. Trust GOD! just believe you will pass.
*** please dont be in a hurry to buy textbooks! Wait till January! You will know the good books by then and please buy your books from law school bookshop! (If you buy pirated books, Kano campus will seize it, they search rooms)
WHAT YOU NEED
1. Warm clothes! This season is really cold. You will need stockings, pantyhose, head warmer, muffler. ( you can’t wear head warmers to class, you can wear sweater under your regulation clothes).
2. Transparent hand bags. Don’t bother about bringing your designers, you cant use them to lecture halls in Kano!
3. Regulation clothes, dressing in Kano is strict! Ladies no chiffon, no lace or trimmings on your clothes!
–Your dresses/skirts must be BELOW your knees (front and back of your knee o) or else you will be asked to go back and change.
-Your shoes must be plain no suede.
-Your shirts must have collar
-Sleeveless are not allowed, you must wear blazer if you want to wear anything sleeveless
-Muslim sisters, your hijab must be black and shoulder length maximum.
-Jewelleries must be minimal, no necklace, no big earrings
Black plain shoes
Black or navy blue suits
White plain shirts
Black plain tie
4. Casual clothes
5. Spoons (forks and knives are seen as contra band)
6. Pressing iron, rechargeable lamp/torchlight (no electric kettle, no boiling ring)
8. Toiletries.. others are basic things
** by next year, you’ll need hand fans and rechargeable fans trust me!
FOR THOSE DISCOURAGED BECAUSE THEY WERE POSTED TO KANO
Hahahaha, that’s always the initial reaction, but the earlier you stop complaining and actually start creating memories in Kano the better for you! I can assure you that before April, you will be grateful you were posted to Kano!
The best lecturers are there, food is cheap, the people are accomodating, everything is affordable.
We have a beautiful lake, beautiful view of nature! Please try to connect with the environment, its too beautiful, perfect for meditation and cramming.
Many made awesome friends, many found love, many found Jesus, many found peace! Don’t Leave Kano empty handed!
I left with Jesus and a First class!
There’s so much to write but I have to stop here, you can reach me if you need further clarification or just need someone to nag about Kano to.
NLS memories as a Kano Campus law school student
Bagauda at Night