FACULTY OF LAW
J. O. Fabunmi
Ph.D, LL.M, LL.B
Dean, Faculty of Law
Assistant Registrar (FO)
LL.B, B.L, LL.M.
Senior Lecturer/Ag. Head
G. T. Akinola
LL.B,P.Gd, M.Sc, B.L.
C. M. Lakpini.
LL.B, LLM, M.Sc, BA, P.Gd, B.L.
LL.B, B.L, LL.M.
LL.B, B.L, LL.M.
LL.B, B.L, LL.M.
LL.B. Degree Programme in Law
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
The Law programme is designed to ensure that graduates of Law will have a clear understanding of the place and importance of law in society. Because all human activities – social, economic, political, etc. – take place within a legal framework, it is necessary that the student of law should have a broad general knowledge and exposure to other disciplines in the process of acquiring legal education. Legal Education should, therefore, act first as a stimulus to stir the student into critical analysis and examination of the prevailing social, economic and political systems of his community. Secondly, as an intellectual exercise aimed at studying and assessing the operational efficacy and relevance of various rules of law in the society, and thirdly, equip the student with skills that are necessary for him to accomplish his/her task and render satisfactory service.
The law programme, therefore, seeks to introduce a student to law, expose him to many principles of judicial process and legal development and equip him with the basic tools of legal analysis or legal methods, including legal research and writing skills, communications and advocacy skills and the ethical values of legal training and practice. The programme aims to do all these sensitive things to the dictates of Godliness and love for humanity – attributes exemplified by the University’s motto of “Excellence and Godliness.”
The law programme is specifically aimed at
(i) producing Law graduates who can use law as a tool for the resolution of various
social, economic and political conflicts in society;
(ii) producing God fearing and conscientious lawyers whose level of education will equip
them properly to serve as leaders, statesmen, advisers to governments and their agencies, international organisations and institutions, multinational corporations, companies, business firms, associations, individuals and families, etc;
(iii) providing skilled and enterprising law graduates for service in diverse tasks in the public and private sectors. The fact is that governments, companies, private sector and, to some extent, even individuals and their activities are creatures of law expected to operate within a legal framework. Therefore, the output or end result of the system designed will be fed to such agencies and institutions as international organisations and agencies, academic teaching and research institutions, federal, state and local government bodies, various industrial, commercial and mercantile associations.
A. LIST OF COURSES BY LEVELS
Course Code Course Title Credit(s)
LAW 101 Legal Methods I 2
LAW 102 Legal Methods II 2
ENG 111 Forms of Poetry 3
ENG 112 Forms of Prose Literature 3
HST 101 Introduction to History 3
HST 104 History of Africa 1500-1800 3
PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHL 102 Argument and Critical thinking 3
SOC 114 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 122 Introduction to Social Institutions2
GST 110 Use of English 2
GST 113 Christian Education 2
GST 122 Introduction to Information and Communication
GST 123 Library and Information Literacy Skills 2
LAW 202 Law and Entrepreneurship 2
PCL 201 Law of Contract I 4
PCL 202 Law of Contract II 4
PIL 203 Constitutional Law I 4
PIL 204 Constitutional Law II 4
PIL 205 Nigerian Legal System I 4
PIL 206 Nigerian Legal System II 4
PIL 207 Human Rights I 4
PIL 208 Human Rights II 4
PIL 209 Gender and the Law I 4
PIL 210 Gender and the Law II 4
PIL211 Labour Law I 4
PIL 212 Labour Law II 4
GST 201 Studies in Entrepreneurship and New Ventures 2
GST 216 History and Philosophy of Science 1
GST 228 Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 2
PCL 301 Commercial Law I 4
PCL 302 Commercial Law II 4
PCL 303 Law of Tort I 4
PCL 304 Law of Tort II 4
PCL 307 Family Law I 4
PCL 308 Family Law II 4
PCL 309 Environmental Law I 4
PCL 310 Environmental Law II 4
PIL 305 Criminal Law I 4
PIL 306 Criminal Law II 4
GST 301 Culture and Civilization in Africa 1
GST 302 Studies in Philosophy and Logic 1
PCL 401 Land Law I 4
PCL 402 Land Law II 4
PCL 403 Law of Equity and Trust I 4
PCL 404 Law of Equity and Trust II 4
PCL 407 Law of Intellectual and Industrial Property I 4
PCL 408 Law of Intellectual and Industrial Property II4
PCL 411 Law of Banking and Insurance I 4
PCL 412 Law of Banking and Insurance II 4
PCL 417 Law of Taxation I 4
PCL 418 Law of Taxation II 4
PIL 405 Law of Evidence I 4
PIL 406 Law of Evidence II 4
PIL 409 Law and Medicine I 4
PIL 410 Law and Medicine II 4
PIL 413 Criminology I 4
PIL 414 Criminology II 4
PIL 415 Conflict of Laws I 4
PIL 416 Conflict of Laws II 4
PIL 419 Petroleum and Energy Law I 4
PIL 420 Petroleum and Energy Law II4
PIL 421 Public International Law I 4
PIL 422 Public International Law II4
PCL 503 Law of Business Association I 4
PCL 504 Law of Business Association II4
PCL 509 Maritime Law I 4
PCL 510 Maritime Law II 4
PCL 513 Law of Succession and Administration of
Estates I 4
PCL 514 Law of Succession and Administration of
Estates II 4
PCL 515 Law of Conveyancing I 4
PCL 516 Law of Conveyancing II 4
PIL 501 Jurisprudence and Legal Theory I 4
PIL 502 Jurisprudence and Legal Theory II4
PIL 505 International Trade and Investment Law I4
PIL 506 International Trade and Investment Law II 4
PIL 507 International Humanitarian Law I 4
PIL 508 International Humanitarian Law II4
PIL 511 Administrative Law I 4
PIL 512 Administrative Law II 4
LAW 599 Long Essay 6
B. SUMMARY OF DEPARTMENTAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
(No. of credits in brackets)
LAW 101(2), LAW 102(2), ENG 111(3), ENG 112(3), HST 101(3), HST 104(3), PHL 101(3), PHL 102(3), SOC 114(3), SOC 122(2), GST 110 (2), GST 113(2), GST 122(2), GST 123(2).
Total 35 Credits
Students are advised to register for not more than 5 credits from the following courses: ENG 113(3), HST 102(3), HST 106(3), HST 108(3), HST 109(3), CMA 115(2) and CMA 119(2) with the permission of the Head of Department.
LAW 202(2), PCL 201(4), PCL 202(4), PIL 203(4), PIL 204(4), PIL 205(4), PIL 206(4), GST 201(2), GST 216(1), GST 228(2).
Total 31 Credits
Students are advised to register for not more than 9 credits from the following courses: PIL 207(4), PIL 208(4), PIL 209(4), PIL 210(4), PIL 211(4), PIL 212(4), ENG 211(3), ENG 214(3), HST 204(3), HST 205(3), PHL 202(3), PHL 207(3) with the permission of the Head of Department.
PCL 301(4), PCL 302(4), PCL 303(4), PCL 304(4), PIL 305(4), PIL 306(4), GST 301(1), GST 302(1).
Total 26 Credits
Students are advised to register for not less than 4 credits from the following courses: PCL 307(4), PCL 308(4), PCL 309(4), PCL 310(4), ENG 331(3), HST 303(3), HST 304(3), PHL 304(3), PHL 313(3), SOC 312(3) with the permission of the Head of Department.
PCL 401(4), PCL 402(4), PCL 403(4), PCL 404(4), PIL 405(4), PIL 406(4).
Total 24 Credits
Students are advised to register for not less than 6 credits from the following courses: PCL 407(4), PCL 408(4), PCL 411(4), PCL 412(4), PCL 417(4), PCL 418(4), PIL 409(4), PIL 410(4), PIL 413(4), PIL 414(4), PIL 415(4), PIL 416(4), PIL 419(4), PIL 420(4), PIL 421(4), PIL 422(4) with the permission of the Head of Department.
PCL 503(4), PCL 504(4), PIL 501(4), PIL 502(4), LAW 599(6).
Total 22 Credits
Students are advised to register for not less than 8 credits from the following courses: PCL 509(4), PCL 510(4), PCL 513(4), PCL 514(4), PCL 515(4), PCL 516(4), PIL 505(4),PIL 506(4), PIL 507(4), PIL 508(4), PIL 511(4), PIL 512(4) with the permission of the Head of Department.
C. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
LAW 101 LEGAL METHODS I 2 Credits
This is an introductory course meant to introduce students to some concepts in law such as law in Social Context, classification of law, legal reasoning and legislative process.
LAW 102 LEGAL METHODS II 2 Credits
The course is on Legal Methods which emphasizes sources of law, use of source material, legal writing and research methodology.
LAW 202 LAW AND ENTERPRENEURSHIP 2 Credits
The course is designed to create awareness in the students of the importance of entrepreneurship against the background of unemployment in the country. The course specifically focuses on turning the youths from being job seekers to being their own bosses. As a result, the course emphasises among other things the importance of entrepreneurship, theories of entrepreneurship, creative thinking, risks taking and leadership. Others are forms of Business Ownership, Management of a Law Office and Venture or working Capital.
PCL 201 LAW OF CONTRACT I 4 Credits
This course exposes the students to the concept of bargain, classification; Formation of Contract: Offer and acceptance, consideration, intention to create legal relations. It extends to contents of Contract: Terms, representation, excluding and limiting terms and fundamental breach of terms. Capacity: Infants, illiterates, corporations, mental patients and drunken persons.
PCL 202 LAW OF CONTRACT II 4 Credits
The course examines further concepts of law of contract with special attention to Vitiating Elements of a contract such as mistake, misrepresentation; duress; illegality and unenforceable contracts and various means of discharge of contract.
PIL 203 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I 4 Credits
The course teaches the definition and sources of constitutional law – classification of the constitution, the concepts of separation of powers, rule of law through federalism, supremacy of the constitution/parliament. The legal consequences of the change of government by extra constitutional means (e.g. coup de tat). It also includes Constitutional history of Nigeria from the advent of British rule up-to-date, oversight functions of the legislature; Code of conduct, etc.
PIL 204 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II 4 Credits
This is the study of the Military as an institution and Constitution making in Nigeria. It also includes the Supremacy of the Constitution, Legislative, Judicial and Executive power of the Federation.
PIL 205 NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM I 4 Credits
The course introduces students to the idea of a legal system; the nature and function of law and the sources of Nigerian Law. It also examines Legislation; judicial precedents; case law; customary law, Islamic law; English common law and doctrine of Equity; Reception and application of English law in Nigeria.
PIL 206 NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM II 4 Credits
The course discusses internal Conflict of Law such as different customary laws/Islamic laws; English law and Customary Law; English Law and Islamic Law. It also includes Judicial Institutions, types and jurisdiction of courts.
PIL 207 HUMAN RIGHTS I 4 Credits
This is a survey of meaning, scope and sources of Human Rights. It further examines Human Rights in historical perspective, national and international protection of human rights. It emphasizes national and international institutions for the implementation of human rights.
PIL 208 HUMAN RIGHTS II 4 Credits
The course exposes students to Human Rights under the Nigerian Constitution, the Fundamental objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy. It emphasizes violation of human rights and impediments to realization of human rights.
PIL 209 GENDER AND THE LAW I 4 Credits
This course introduces students to the conceptual definition of Terms such as Gender, Sex, Equality e.t.c. the position of women in international law is examined. It also teaches discrimination against Women, Female Genital Mutilation and Male Child Preference. 60h(T).
PIL 210 GENDER AND THE LAW II 4 Credits
This course is to let students appreciate Reproductive Rights, Violence against Women; Domestic Violence, Sexual Abuse, Rape, Sexual Harassment- what is asexual harassment, types of sexual harassment, Quid Pro Quo Harassment, Hostile Environment harassment, Case Study of Sexual Harassment. Political Rights of Women, Economic Empowerment of Women.
PIL 211 LABOUR LAW I 4 Credits
The course discusses nature, history, sources and scope of Labour law. It further treats contract of employment, its definition, formation and contents. Termination of contract of employment is also considered.
PIL 212 LABOUR LAW II 4 Credits
This course is a survey of Collective bargaining and collective agreement – framework, nature, legislation. Trade Unions – formation rights, obligations, criminal liability, civil liability. Agencies – Industrial Arbitration Panel, National Industrial Court, Price productivity and Incomes Board, Industrial Training Fund, Industrial Law and Economic Development.
PCL 301 COMMERCIAL LAW I 4 Credits
This course examines definition of Commercial Law formalities and capacity; authority of the agent; ratification; types of agents, rights and duties of principal and agent; termination of agency; relationship of principal and agents of third parties.
PCL 302 COMMERCIAL LAW II 4 Credits
The course further examines the nature and formation of contract of sale of goods; conditions, warranties and representatives, ownership and passing of property; duties of the seller; duties of the buyer; effect of contract; remedies; special commercial contracts in outline, the use of various payment devices e.g. cheques, credit cards, luncheon and fuel vouchers. The course also treats Hire Purchase with special reference to obligations of parties at common law, duties of the owner and hirer; remedies available to parties at common law, the Hire Purchase Act 1965.
PCL 303 LAW OF TORT I 4 Credits
The course highlights the historical background and general principles of tortuous liability (Defences will be considered in relation to each tort); scope and social function of tort; trespass to person – assault, battery. It further examines false imprisonment and intentional harm to person; trespass to land; trespass to chattel, conversion and retinue; vicarious liability; Negligence – duty of care, standard of care, proof of negligence, nervous shock, contributory negligence and damages, including remoteness of damage.
PCL 304 LAW OF TORT II 4 Credits
The course is a general survey of the legal concept of Nuisance, Rule in Rylands V. Fletcher; Liability for animals; occupiers’ liability; Malicious Prosecution; Defamation; Death as a course of action; (Fatal accidents); Deceit; Economic torts – passing off, civil conspiracy, intimidation, interference with contract; parties; joint torts; remedies.
PIL 305 CRIMINAL LAW I 4 Credits
The course discusses the General Introduction and purpose of Criminal Law; History and sources of Nigeria Criminal Law; Classification of Offences; The Content of Crime – Law and Morality; Corporate Criminal Liability; and Principle of Legality. It includes Elements of an offence – actus reus, mens rea, voluntaries of conduct, omissions as actus reus, causation, No liability without fault, occurrence of actus reus and mens rea, strict liability. General Defences – Insanity, Intoxication, Automatism, Immaturity, Bona fide claim of Right, Mistake of fact and Law, Accident. Punishment and its Alternatives, General Principles of sentencing.
PIL 306 CRIMINAL LAW II 4 Credits
The course is proposed to let students know Parties to an offence; Common Purpose Doctrine; Inchoate/Preliminary Offences – Attempt, Conspiracy, Incitement, Solicitation. Offences against the person – Unlawful Homicide-Murder, Manslaughter, Assault, Rape. It includes Offences against Property – Stealing, Burglary, Armed Robbery, False Pretences, Offences against the State and Order. Offences of corruption, Specific defence – Self Defence, Defence of Property and Provocation. The Police and the Administration of Justice is also considered.
PCL 307 FAMILY LAW I 4 Credits
The course considers the nature of Family including the extended family system; the nature and sources f Nigerian Family Law. Nature, form and incidence of marriage under Statutory, Customary/Islamic Law. It further treats Contract and celebration of marriage. Formal and essential validity of Statutory and Customary marriage, Void and Voidable marriages; Dissolution of marriages.
PCL 308 FAMILY LAW II 4 Credits
The course exposes the students to Rectification of marriage, Judicial Separation; Maintenance and Financial relief; legitimacy; custody; guardianship and adoption; Succession; Testate and Intestate in Customary, Islamic and Statutory Laws; Foreign Marriages.
PCL 309 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW I 4 Credits
The course treats the historical Background of global economic, industrial and technological challenges of the post-war era; sources/causes of environmental pollution; sources of Environmental Law; National policy on the Environment; Legal framework for the protection of the Environment; it includes Federal and state Environmental Protection Agencies; Federal and State Laws in response to problems concerning pollution of air, water, Land etc.; case law on environmental protection.
PCL 310 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW II 4 Credits
The course deals with the United Nations Environment Programme; Contemporary international environmental issues i.e. transboundary movement of hazardous waste; protecting the ozone layer; global climate; acid rain; desertification; deforestation; loss of bio-diversity; manipulation of the environment in war time; Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) e.g. Green Peace, etc.
PCL 401 LAND LAW I 4 Credits
This course introduces students to the historical evolution of land law, sources of Nigerian Land Law and important terminologies such as ownership, possession and title rights. It also exposes students to customary Land Law.
PCL 402 LAND LAW II 4 Credits
This course introduces students to the Land Use Act with emphasis on State Control of Land; grant of right of occupancy and revocation of certificate of occupancy. It also discusses the relationship between the Land Use Act and other State Land Law and the Registration of instruments.
PCL 403 LAW OF EQUITY AND TRUSTS I 4 Credits
This course exposes students to the general Principles of equity, Nature, doctrine and history of equity; its development in England; its introduction to Nigeria; the relationship between Equity and Common Law; conflict between Equity and Common Law; maxims of Equity; nature of equitable rights and interests; priorities; assignment of choses in action; conversion; election; satisfaction. It also discusses Equitable Remedies and Equitable Defences.
PCL 404 LAW OF EQUITY AND TRUSTS II 4 Credits
This course is a study of the Law of Trusts. It discusses the nature and classification of trusts, the requirements of trusts; express privy trusts; charitable trusts, constructive trusts; protective and discretionary trusts (an outline only) trusts in favour of creditors. Appointment of trustees, retirement and removal of trustees. An outline of administration of estate is also taken into consideration.
PIL 405 LAW OF EVIDENCE I 4 Credits
This course being a procedural course introduces students to the sources of Nigerian Law of Evidence; Direct and Circumstantial Evidence; Facts in Issue and Relevant Facts; Complaints; Similar fact evidence; Res Gestae.
PIL 406 LAW OF EVIDENCE II 4 Credits
This course discusses Character Evidence; Opinion Evidence; Hearsay Evidence; Estoppels; Competence and Compellability of Witness; Privilege Generally; Corroboration; Burden of Proof; Documentary Evidence.
PCL 407 LAW OF INTELLECTUAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY I 4 Credits
This course introduces students to the General nature of copyright; need for protection; Universal copyright conventions. It also discusses International copyright; Fair Use in the Law of copyright, application for copyright and remedies for infringement.
PCL 408 LAW OF INTELLECTUAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY II 4 Credits
This course discusses Trade Marks and Patents. It also includes infringement and remedies, Trade secrets, trade names; unfair competition and restraints of trade.
PIL 409 LAW AND MEDICINE I 4 Credits
This course exposes students to the Civil liability of Physicians; The Physician’s duty of secrecy; Doctor – Patient Privilege, it also includes Medicine and Drugs which encompasses clinical trials of new medicines and drugs; trans-sexual surgery; organ and tissue transplants; and transplantation liability.
PIL 410 LAW AND MEDICINE II 4 Credits
This course discusses selected problems of expert opinions; child Abuse, Legal Death and mental disorder. It also examines personality theories about crime, Psychiatric examination and reports to the court, Criminal Responsibilities; Legal Enactments such as Mental Health Acts.
PCL 411 LAW OF BANKING AND INSURANCE I 4 Credits
This course discusses the nature, history and evolution of Banking in Nigeria. It also examines the Law Regulating the Establishment and operation of banking in Nigeria, the nature and Legal effect of Negotiable Instruments and the relation of banker and customer.
PCL 412 LAW OF BANKING AND INSURANCE II 4 Credits
This course introduces students to the meaning of Insurance with emphasis on parties to the contract; essentials of contract of Insurance; classification of contracts of insurance. It also examines the rules of construction, particular types of insurance and Government control of insurance business.
PIL 413 CRIMINOLOGY I 4 Credits
This course discusses the meaning, nature and scope of criminology, the evolution of criminology thought, phenomenology, axiology of crime and victimlogy. It also exposes the students to the Legal principles relating to insanity, mental phenomenology, deficiency and other forms of mental incapacity. Criminological aspects of victimless crimes, the criminology of enforcement, Criminology forecasting and planning.