The Faculty of Law was established in September 1980 with a student population of one hundred and academic staff strength of six, three of whom were Professors. It started off, and has remained with two departments, namely the Department of Private Law and the Deparment of Public and International Law.
The basic philosophy of the Faculty of Law is to produce graduates with, first and foremest, a knowledge of the basic principles of law. Our law graduates should have been stuffed with many principles of judicial process and legal development and equipped with basic tools of legal analysis or methods. But it must be stated that the programme would have provided him with a dim light with which a prospective lawyer may see albeit vaguely the road that runs through the Unviersity and the Law School into "The Temple of Justice" where he will live all the days of his professional life. It is therefore not designed to make him an expert in any field of law, but to enable him in the end, to see in a dim light, what openings are available to him as a law graduate.
The programme herein contained is designed to ensure that the graduate of Law from this University has a clear understanding of the place and importance of law in our society. Because all human activities – social, economics, political, etc – take place within some legal framework, it is necessary that the student of law should have a broad general knowledge and exposure to these 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 in the community. Secondly, it acts as an intellectual exercise aimed at studying and assessing the operation, efficiency and relevance of various rules of law in our society.
The curriculum has, therefore, been designed to embrace not only pure legal courses but also compulsory and elective courses in other disciplines in addition to the nationally mandatory General Studies Courses. The importance of computer literacy today, cannot be overemphasized. The curriculum therefore also seeks albeit to introduce the law graduate to this subject with particular reference to their use in Legal Studies and research.
The law graduate of this University should be able to use law as a tool for the resolution of various social, economic and political conflicts and problems in our society. The intellectual aspects and the training in our law programme is specifically designed to produce lawyers whose level of education would equip them properly to serve as advisers to governments and their agencies, companies, business firms, associations, families and individuals, etc.
These objectives are three fold, namely:
- To prepare the law graduate of this faculty for admission into the Nigerian Law School where purely professional aspects of legal education will be taken care of;
- To ensure that the law graduate we produce is a well educated citizen, sufficiently enlightened and motivated to play important roles in the social, economic and political development of our country
- To ensure that such law graduate has a good legal education and is intellectually equipped to be able to serve creditably in appropriate positions or offices within his/her chosen profession or field of human endeavour.