BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE FACULTY
Madonna University Nigeria was founded in 1999 as the Premier Private Catholic University in the West African Sub-Region, through the relentless effort of Rt. Rev. Fr. Prof. Emmanuel Mathew Paul Edeh. Motto and guiding principle of the University are: "Dignitas Scientiae et Moral" (Decency in Education and Morals).
Faculty of Law was one of the first Faculties to be established in the University. Its philosophy is built around the motto of the University, and its programme is designed to inculcate knowledge, decency and discipline in the graduates of the Faculty, and to ensure that they acquire a clear understanding of the laws and to use the knowledge so acquired to properly engineer the society in whichever sphere of life they may find themselves in future.
In line with the culture of the University, all students of the Faculty are resident on campus where discipline and morality are strictly maintained. This has endeared the Faculty to the public and has brought about an increased desire in parents to enroll their children into the Faculty and the University. However, as a result of the quota system policy of the Law School, and that of the National Universities Commission, student population in the Faculty of Law has been very much affected. Presently, the Faculty is domiciled on an expansive ultra modern edifice specifically structured for the purpose law education. The two storey edifice comprises three blocks on the ground floor that are interconnected, and two blocks on the first floor that are also interconnected. Block I of the ground floor has three wings, designated respectively as A, B and C. The Faculty has a moot court, Law Clinic, E-Library and a functional, well equipped Law library, and can boast of a team of well qualified lecturers.
All human activities, including social, economic, political, religious, etc, take place within the legal frame work within a state. The philosophy of law programme herein is designed to ensure that any graduate of law will be in possession of a clear understanding of the place and importance of law in the society. It is equally imperative that the student of law should have a broad general knowledge of and interaction with other disciplines in the society in his journey towards acquiring legal education. Legal Education should include critical analysis and examination of prevailing social, economic and political systems of his community and secondly as an intellectual exercise aimed at studying and assessing the operation, efficiency and relevance of various rules of law the society. In designing this law programme or curriculum, much care has been taken to ensure that law will be taught as it exists at any given time and that the law student will be able to use law as a comfortable instrument to resolve various agitating social, economic, political and religious problems and conflict in the society. The National Universities Commission in its publication. Approved minimum academic standards in law for all Nigerian universities” declared’ “The progamme, therefore seeks to introduce a student to the process of legal development and equip him with the basic tools of legal analysis or legal method”. It is inconceivable to produce a comprehensive programme to cover; and deal, with all the various and variegated legal fields. Hopefully on graduation, the law student will then be in a position to fend for himself.
In view of the philosophy, the Faculty of Law aims at producing a law graduate with a level of education to serve as legal adviser to the governments of the day, their agencies, companies, business firms etc. As a law graduate, the student will qualify to be admitted into the Nigerian law school to train further and to qualify as a lawyer. He will then fit into judicial services, legal drafting and advising legislative and administrative functions, criminal prosecution, civil litigation, artitration, administration of a state, and etc.
The Faculty of Law offers a programme of undergraduate study leading to the degree of laws (LL.B) The duration of the programme is based on a five-point (5) years full time frame. The programme is based on a five-point system as recommended by the NUC and incorporated into this programme. The programme is for students with senior school certificate of Education (SSCE) Certificate, General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary level or their equivalent. However, direct entry candidates will be permitted in the second year of the programme. Students’ progress throughout the programme is on a merit system. Students must pass most of all the courses in each year of study before proceeding to the next level. All field courses (if any) must be registered first before fresh courses.
Students who after graduating at the end of their course and wish to be called to the Nigerian Bar will have to proceed to the Nigerian Law School for a year’s professional course as required by Section 5 of the legal Education (Consolidation) Act 1976. The 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. takes place within the 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 and secondly, as an intellectual exercise aimed at studying and assessing the operation, efficiency and relevance of various rules of law in society.
In the formulation of the curriculum presented in this Handbook, care has been taken to ensure that law will be taught as it exist at any given moment and that our students will be comparative in their approach to legal studies, bearing in mind that there are many systems of law- statutory law, common law- customary law and Islamic Law currently in operation. The programme seeks to introduce students to law, empower him with many principles of judicial process and legal development and equip him with basic tools of legal analysis or methodologies. The programme presents only a very dim light with which a prospective lawyer may see vaguely, the road maps that runs through a university and law school into “the temple of justice” where he will live all the days of his life. The programme is not designed to make him an expert in any field of law, but to enable him see in a caliginous light what openings are available to him as a student. He can then make a more sensible choice where to move in and pitch his tent in the legal field; there he would specialize by acquiring the necessary and relevant tools, skills, tricks and experience, which will guide him successfully through his life’s journey with the law.
Emphasis shall therefore be laid on the development of the following:
1. A sound University education in law with sound catholic Christian knowledge and practice;
2. Understanding of the role of law in society;
3. Knowledge of institutions, such as parliaments, courts and other public organizations;
4. The capacity to analyse legal materials;
5. The capacity to listen, argue and write effectively (communication skills);
6. Research skills (searching the law- the capacity to find the relevant law and information as needed);
7. A good grasp of current information technology;
8. Knowledgeable in other areas of human endeavours, like psychology, political Science, economic, etc. to appreciate the role of law in the society;
9. Knowledge of law to enable tentative diagnosis of legal problems
10. Basic knowledge in drafting legal documents;
11. Awareness of the importance of the legal system as a whole.
SUBJECTS OFFERED IN EACH DEPARTMENT IN THE FACULTY
(a) DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC & PRIVATE LAW
1 Constitutional Law
2 Administrative Law
3 Criminal Law
4 Law of Evidence
(Including Optional Courses)
5 Civil Procedure/Criminal Procedure
6. Law of Tort
7. Equity and Trust
8. Family Law
(Including Optional Courses)
(b) DEPARTMENT OF JURISPRUDENCE AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
1. Nigeria Legal system
2. Legal method
3. Jurisprudence and legal theory
4. Conflict of laws
5. International law
(Including Optional Courses)
(d) DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCIAL, PROPERTY AND INDUSTRIAL LAW
1. Labour law
2. Banking & insurance
3. Intellectual property
4. Oil and Gas Law
5. Company Law
6. Law of Contract
7. Land Law
8. Commercial Law
(Including Optional Courses)
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME): Candidate for admission into the Faculty must possess at least senior secondary school certificate or GCE Ordinary level with credits in (5) five subjects, including English Language, English Literature and Mathematic obtained at not more than TWO sittings. The candidate must also have an acceptable pass in the UTME.
Direct Entry: (a) Candidate must satisfy the requirements of five (5) credit passes in GCE, WAEC or equivalent but TWO of the papers must be passed at advanced level. (b) Passes Two-Year or Three Year Diploma in Law (Upper Credit) from a Nigerian University or equivalent Institution plus Credit passes in three papers, including English Language and English Literatures in SSSC, GCE O/L or equivalent and a pass in mathematics OR (c) Three (3) papers at principal or Advanced level in Higher School Certificate or GCE A/L together with credit in English Language and English Literature in the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination or GCE O/L or equivalent plus a pass in mathematics, or (d) Two (2) Papers at principle or Advanced level in HSC or GCE A/L plus Credit in three papers (including English Language and English literature and a pass in Mathematics) in SSC Examination or GCE O/L or their equivalent.
Application for transfer to the Faculty will be treated on its own merit.
The courses offered by the Faculty of Law lead to the Bachelor of Laws Degree denoted as LL.B.
Duration of Programme
The normal duration of the programme is as follows:
(a). Ten semesters in the case of full-time students admitted by UTME.
(b). Eight Semesters in the case of full-time students admitted by Direct Entry.
Course Credit System
Instruction is by course quantified into course units, one course unit consists of fifteen hour lectures or tutorials or an equivalent combination of these types of instructions. The course are arranged in progressive order of difficulty or in levels of academic progress.
(a) No course shall carry less than one unit
(b) No course except Research Project shall carry more than four units.
(c) Progression to the next level is on merit
(d) Students can only register a maximum of 24 units of courses in a semester.
University Requirement Courses
A University requirement course is a course which must be registered for and passed before a degree is awarded but which is not counted towards degree classification, for example, General African Studies (GAS) or Research Methodology (Audit course for 500 level students)
A compulsory course is a course which other than a University course must be registered for and passed by a student to obtain the degree.
An elective course is a course which may be taken to make up the minimum required number for units or to increase the number of units subject to the prescribed maximum allowed by these Regulations.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AND MINIMUM NUMBER OF UNITS
1. In order to be eligible for an award for the degree, a full time student admitted by Direct Entry must successfully complete courses to a minimum total of 154 units including the University required courses.
2. In order to be eligible for an award of the degree a full time student admitted by UTME must successfully complete courses minimum total of 192 units including the University requirement courses.
Admission into Courses
Admission into courses closes at the end of the third full week of each semester.
Withdrawal from Courses
A student may withdraw from a course without penalty any time up to and including the seventh full week of the semester. Student who withdraws after the seventh week will be deemed to have failed except in special cases approved by Senate unless he or she has been asked to withdraw from the Faculty.
Continuous Assessment (CA)
The system of continuous assessment through occasional written objective tests, term papers, seminar presentations, oral examinations and take home examination is applied in this university to legal studies. The progress of students in each course shall as much as possible, be continuously assessed by means of tests, written assignment, reports and such other means as may be appropriate and consistent with the objectives and conduct of the course. The score in each course to be allocated to the continuous assessment is 30 percentage of the total marks.
(1) Each course shall be graded on the basis of a maximum of 100 marks, 70% of which shall be assigned to the end-of-course examination, while 30% is assigned to continuous assessment. Continuous assessment marks shall not form part of the final marks for the Research Project for final year students.
(2) The minimum pass mark in each course shall be 40%
(3) The marks obtained by each student in every course shall be assigned appropriate letter grades and grade points as follows:
Percentage Letter Grade
Score Grades Point
70-100 A 5
60 - 69 B 4
50 - 59 C 3
45 - 49 D 2
40 - 44 E 1
0 - 39 F 0
(1) In order to make normal progress towards the degree, a student must pass all courses specified in this curriculum and obtain a grade point average of at least 1.0 in each semester.
(2) Any student whose Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) at the end of any two consecutive semesters is less than 1.0 shall be placed on academic probation until such time as his overall CGPA is raised to 1.0.
(3) Any student who fails to achieve a CGPA of at least 1.0 at the end of any two consecutive semesters while on probation will be asked to withdraw from the Faculty.
Failure to take examination in courses registered for
A student who fails to take the examination in a course for which he has registered without a reason accepted to the Board of Studies of the Faculty is deemed to have failed in the course.
Classification of the Degree
(1) Each student will be assessed on the minimum total units including units for all the compulsory courses prescribed, together with extra units, if any.
(2) The final result will be based on the results of all the years weighted equally and the degree classification will be based on the weighted CGPA as follows:
1st Class CGPA 4.50 - 5.00
2nd Class Upper Division CGPA 3.50 - 4.49
2nd Class Lower Division CGPA 2.40 - 3.49
3rd Class CGPA 150 - 2.39
Pass CGPA 1.00 - 1.49
(3) The CGPA shall be obtained by:
(a) Multiplying the grade point assigned to the letter grade obtained in each course by the number of units assigned to the course to arrive at the weighted score for each course.
(b) Adding together the weighted scores for all courses taken up to that time, subject to the minimum requirements of the University but including all compulsory courses.
(c) Dividing the total weighted score by the total number or units.
(4) The cumulative Grade Average is the average of the Grade Points earned by the student in the programme. It is obtained by:
(a) Finding the total of Grade Points multiplied by the respective credit units for all the semesters, and
(b) Dividing that total by the total number of credits units for all the courses for which the student registered.
STRESS AREAS CODE CODE NUMBER
Jurisprudence and International Law JIL 1
Public Law PUL 2
Commercial and Industrial Law CIL 3
Private and Property Law PPL 4
Research Project LAW 9
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