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7 Sacred Laws Of Law School You Should Know

“What’s the point?”… “I won’t make it anyway”… “Why would law firms pick me over others?”… “I’m never going to get a 2:1 or a first”… “I’m not intelligent enough for this”. These statements sometimes run through my mind and if you’re a law student, you may have had similar thoughts. I’ve never been the most intelligent student or someone who just “gets it”. I take my time and ask questions until I understand. I was once on the verge of being suspended from school, with no motivation and poor grades. With little hope for the future, I hadn’t considered university an option. But after passing my WASSCEs, I began to believe in myself and was accepted to study law at the University of Abuja. My first year was overwhelming and even now, entering my thir...

TYPES AND CLASSIFICATIONS OF LAW

By Olanrewaju Olamide There are different meanings of the word law. Perhaps this is best conveyed by the view of Baron De Montesquieu in his book, Spirit of the Law, where he wrote:   “Laws in the wider possible connotations are any necessary relation arising from a thing in nature. In this sense, all beings have their laws; the Deity his laws, the material world it laws, the intelligence superior to man its laws, the beasts their laws, man his law…” From the above, it can be seen that law is used in multiple senses. Thus it is imperative for the different types of laws to be considered. They are:   Eternal Law Divine Law Natural Law Human or Positive Law Eternal Law: The word eternal means something that would last forever. Eternal laws are laws that have applied since the begin...

Ways Law Students Get Stressed

There is another process going on in law schools that also can cause stress. It is the subtle but pervasive process of being socialized into a profession. I can’t say that I know much about this process from an academic or theoretical perspective, but I do know what I see. Every year I see the process of legal education change students in some rather fundamental ways. Some students take the new skills they are learning as law students and absorb these skills as fundamental parts of their personality. In other words, these law students learn the role of lawyer. For example: Being able to see and advocate for both sides of any argument is good. Losing your own personal moral, ethical or aesthetic. Judgment about right and wrong, true and false; that is bad. Being confident in stating a posit...

What The Nigeria Constitution Says On TREASON.

Treason (1)    Whoever levies war against the State, in order to intimidate or overawe the President, commits treason. (2)    Nothing in this section shall prevent any act from being treason which is so by the law of England as in force in Nigeria. *The numbering is consecutive with that of the Penal Code of the Northern State. Punishment for treason Whoever commits treason shall be punished with death, and whoever attempts or abets treason shall be punished with imprisonment for life or for any less term or with fine or with both.   Treasonable crimes (1)    Whoever intends- (a)    To remove otherwise than by constitutional means during his term or office- (i)     The President of the Federal Republic; or (ii)    The Governor of any State of the Federal Republic;   (b)    to lev...

Ways You Can Be Charged For Crime

Most criminal offenses are charged with law enforcement involvement. This could be a police officer or other agencies. One particular way that is standard in many instances if for the law enforcement officer to directly observe the criminal act being committed.   This is not an uncommon occurrence as many police are available in and out of uniform to see these illegal acts. Another frequent manner in which crimes may be charged is through the report of a citizen to police. These officers then travel to the area to investigate, and charges are often the outcome when offenses have been registered.   A common misconception is that a private party may press charges against someone when he or she has violated the law. The person that reports these offenses does not have the final say ...

CONSEQUENCES OF MISSING COURT DATES

Individuals often face difficulties in life that cause appointments to be missed. Unfortunately, this may have a direct impact when missing a court date. These meetings are often vital to the freedom of the person involved.   The consequences of missing a court date may include a warrant for the arrest of those that do not attend. The use of a lawyer may explain just how essential it is to show up for court appointments when someone is scheduled to do so. There are other legal penalties that may be issued for the absence given. Missing the date is not wise. However, there may be options open to the individual that does not show up depending on the court and judge presiding.   Possible Charges for Missing Court Dates   There are a variety of penalties that may be incurred whe...

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