Legal Skills: Making a Real Change in Nigerian Legal Education

Posted: 5 Feb 2021

Date Written: February 3, 2020


The hallmark of legal education is the transfer and acquisition of knowledge of legal theories and skills. The purpose of this chapter is to examine those legal skills that are crucial to both the study and practice of law. This chapter argues that legal education in Nigeria is confronted with a crisis that can be attributed to the non-teaching of functional legal skills to initiates of the legal profession, on the assumption that such skills would naturally be learned by law students on entering the legal profession. It calls for a transformational change in the teaching approach in Nigerian legal education, from the present asymmetric approach of teaching law to one that is integrative and comprehensive in nature and capable of producing functional lawyers.

Keywords: Legal Education, Functional Legal Skills, Nigeria

JEL Classification: CMBO

Suggested Citation

Solomon, Ekokoi, Legal Skills: Making a Real Change in Nigerian Legal Education (February 3, 2020). Legal pedagogy, Available at SSRN:

Ekokoi Solomon (Contact Author)

University of Uyo ( email )

Akwa Ibom, Uyo 520271
2348055458711 (Phone)

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