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Name of Programme:                       LL B Laws

            Programme Code:                               6202

 

2.         Entry Requirements

 

(a)        To be admitted for the LL B programme, a candidate must possess:

 

  1. WASC/SSC/GCE Ordinary Level with a minimum of 5 credits including English language, Literature in English or English Literature and a Pass in Mathematics at not more than two sittings.

 

(b)        For a direct entry, a candidate must possess:

 

  1. First Degree with not less than second class (lower) from a recognized University or its equivalent in addition to

 

(ii)        WASC/SSC/GCE Ordinary Level with a minimum of 5 Credits including English Language, Literature in English or English Literature and Mathematics at not more than two sittings.

 

3.         Aims and Objectives

3.1       Aims

The Bachelor of Laws Programme is designed to provide students with a clear understanding of the place and importance of law in society. Since all human activities – social, economic and political – take place within a legal framework, it is necessary for the student of law to have a broad knowledge and exposure to other disciplines in the process of acquiring legal education.

 

The programme should therefore act as a stimulus to stir the student into critical analysis and examination of the prevailing social, economic and political system in his/her community and, secondly act as an intellectual exercise aimed at studying the relevance of various rules of law in the society.

           

3.2       Objectives

To this end, the law graduate must be able to:

-           Use law as a tool for resolution of various social, economic and political conflicts in society.

-           Serve properly as adviser to governments and their agencies, companies, business firms, associations, individuals and families, as creations of law operating also within legal framework.

-           feed such agencies and institutions as international Organisations and Agencies, academic, teaching and research institutions, federal, state and local government bodies and private sectors.

-           serve in the judicial services, perform legislative and administrative functions, criminal/civil process and arbitration, etc. Additionally, utilize the benefits of his/her training to gain promotion in his/her employment, or change career and face pursuit of his/her ambitions.

MINIMUM GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

 

4.         Duration of Course

Minimum Duration of the Bachelor of Laws Programme is five years of ten semesters

 

5.         Programme Structure and Degree rules

 

5.1       Outline of Course Structure

Degree Rules

 

LEVEL

GST and other General

Courses

LAW

NON-LAW

COURSES

Total

 

 

compulsory

Elective (min)

Compulsory

Elective (min)

 

100

15

4

0

14

6

38

200

0

24

8

3

3

38

300

0

24

8

3

6

41

400

0

24

16

0

6

46

500

0

22

16

0

3

41

Total

19

98

48

20

22

204

 

 

YEAR 1                                              1st SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Unit

Status

GST101

Use of English of communication skills I

2

C

CSS101

Introduction to Sociology

3

C

GST107

Good Study Guide

2

C

CIT101

Computer in society

2

C

ENG113

Introduction to Nigerian Literature I

2

C

JIL111

Legal Methods 1

2

C

CSS121

Introduction to Psychology OR

Introduction to Political Science OR

Principles of Economics

3

E

CSS131

3

E

ECO121

3

E

 

Total Credit Units (Compulsory)

13

 

 

Total Credit Units (Elective)

03

 

 

Total Credit Units

16

 

 

 

 

 

YEAR 1                                              2ND SEMESTER

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

GST102

Use of English and Communication skills II

2

C

GST105

History and Philosophy of Science

2

C

CTH131

Introduction to Philosophy

3

C

JIL112

Legal Methods II

2

C

CSS112

Sociology of Law

3

C

ENG114

Introduction to Nigeria Literature II

2

C

CSS 134

Geography of Nigeria OR

Ethnography of Social Structure of Nigeria

3

E

CSS132

3

E

 

Total Credit Units (Compulsory)

14

 

 

Total Credit Units (Elective)

03

 

 

Total Credit Units

17

 

 

Year Two                                                                   1st Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

JIL211

Nigerian Legal System I

4

C

PUL243

Constitutional Law I

4

C

CLL233

Law of Contract I

4

C

CIT104

Introduction to Computer Science

3

C

GST203

Introduction to Philosophy and Logic

3

C

CLL231

Labour Law I

or

Human Rights Law I

4

E

PUL241

4

E

 

Total Credit Units (Compulsory)

18

 

 

Total Credit Units (Elective)

04

 

 

Total Credit Units

22

 

 

2nd Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

JIL212

Nigerian Legal System II

4

C

PUL244

Constitutional Law II

4

C

CLL234

Law of Contract II

4

C

GST201

Nigeria Peoples and Culture

2

C

CLL232

Labour Law II

or

Human Rights Law II

4

E

PUL242

4

E

POL 123

 

Introduction to Public Administration Or

Introduction to African Politics

3

E

POL 121

3

E

 

Total Credit Units (Compulsory)

14

 

 

Total Credit Units (Elective)

7

 

 

Total Credit Units

21

 

 

300 LEVEL                                       1st Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

PUL341

Criminal Law I

4

C

CLL331

Law of Commercial Transactions I

4

C

PPL323

Law of Torts I

4

C

PPL343

Family Law I or

Environmental Law I

4

E

PUL321

4

E

PCR112

Democracy and Good Governance OR

Introduction to International Studies

3

E

INR111

3

E

 

Total Credit Units (Compulsory)

12

 

 

Total Credit Units (Elective)

07

 

 

Total Credit Units

19

 

 

 

 

2nd Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

PUL342

Criminal Law II

4

C

CLL332

Law of Commercial Transactions II

4

C

PPL324

Law of Torts II

4

C

PPL344

Family Law II or

Environmental Law II

4

E

PUL322

4

E

INR112

 

 

Introduction to International Law and Diplomacy in Pre-colonial Africa OR

Organisation of Government

3

E

POL124

3

E

CIT102

Application of Computer to Legal Studies

3

C

 

Total Credit Units (Compulsory)

15

 

 

Total Credit Units (Elective)

07

 

 

Total Credit Units

22

 

 

400 LEVEL                                       First Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

PPL421

Land Law I

4

C

PPL423

Equity and Trusts I

4

C

PUL445

Law of Evidence I

4

C

CSS461

Criminology I

Law of Banking and Insurance I

Law of Taxation I

Administrative Law I

Law of Intellectual Property I

Oil and Gas Law I                    

4

E

CLL431

4

E

PUL433

4

E

PUL443

4

E

PPL435

4

E

PUL411

4

E

PPL413

Islamic Law I

4

E

ENT 428

Business Policy OR

Introduction to Peace Studies

3

E

PCR111

3

E

 

Total Credit Units (Compulsory)

12

 

 

Total Credit Units (Elective)

11

 

 

Total Credit Units

23

 

 

2nd Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

PPL422

Land Law II

4

C

PPL424

Law of Trusts II

4

C

PUL446

Law of Evidence II

Oil and Gas Law II

Criminology II

Law of Banking and Insurance II

Islamic Law II

Administrative Law II

Law of Intellectual Property II

Law of Taxation (Must be the two courses in First Semester)

4

C

PUL412

4

E

CSS462

4

E

CLL432

4

E

PPL414

4

E

PUL444

4

E

PPL436

4

E

PUL434

4

E

BUS205

Introduction to Business OR

International Law and Diplomacy in 20th Century

3

E

INR212

3

E

 

Total Credit Units (Compulsory)

12

 

 

Total Credit Units (Elective)

11

 

 

Total Credit Units

23

 

 

 

 

 

500 Level                                            1st Semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

JIL515

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory I

4

C

CLL533

Company Law and Business Association I

4

C

JIL513

Maritime Law I

 

Public International Law I

Conflict of Laws I

Conveyancing Law I

Alternative Disputes Resolution I

 

4

E

JIL511

4

E

JIL513

4

E

PPL521

4

E

PPL517

4

E

LAW535

Aviation Law

4

E

PHL252

Philosophy of Religion

2

E

 

Total Credit Units (Compulsory)

8

 

 

Total Credit Units (Elective)

11

 

 

Total Credit Units

19

 

 

 

2nd semester

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

JIL516

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory II

4

C

 

CLL534

Company Law and Business Association II

4

C

JIL500

Long Essay

6

C

PPL522

Conveyancing Law II

Maritime Law II

Public International Law II

Conflict of Laws II

 

Alternative Disputes Resolution II

 

4

E

JIL532

4

E

JIL512

4

E

JIL514

4

E

PPL518

4

E

 

Total Credit Units (Compulsory)

14

 

 

Total Credit Units (Elective)

08

 

 

Total Credit Units

22

 

 

 

NOTE that 200 LEVEL DIRECT ENTRY students are to offer the following additional courses.

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Units

Status

GST101

Use of English and communication skills I

2

C

CSS101

Introduction to Sociology

3

C

GST107

Good Study Guide

2

C

GST203 or PHL201

Introduction to Philosophy and Logic

Introduction to Metaphysics

2

2

C

CIT101

Computer in Society

2

C

ENG113

Introduction to Nigerian Literature I

2

C

JIL111

Legal Methods I

2

C

 GST102

Use of English and Communication skills II

2

C

GST201

Nigerian Peoples and Culture

2

C

GST105

History and Philosophy of Science

2

C

CTH131 or PHL101

Introduction to Philosophy

3

C

JIL112

Legal Methods II

2

C

CSS112

Sociology of Law

3

C

ENG114

Introduction to Nigeria Literature II

2

C

 

 

 

            5.2       Course Content Specification

Legal Methods I                    JIL111 (2 Credits) C

1.         Law in Social Context:

  1. Nature and functions of law in society:

Law, order and justice; law and freedom; law and the state; law and legitimacy; law and sovereignty.

  1. Aspects of law-types of law: Eternal Law, Divine Law, Natural Law and Human or Positive Law, Classification of Law; Common Law and Civil Law; Common Law and Equity, Public and Private Law, Civil and Criminal Law, Substantive and Procedural Law; Written and Unwritten law etc.
  2. Methods of Social Control through law – Panel method; grievance – remedial method; private arranging method; constitutive method, administrative regulatory method; fiscal method; conferral or social benefits method.

 

2.         Legal reasoning and approach to problems – language of the law; principles, standard and issues in law; formality and precision in the use of language and distinctiveness of legal language; legal rhetoric and legal logic; legal reasoning and practical reasoning; legalism.

 

3.         Legal reasoning in judicial process – sifting of facts and law in courts; ratio decidendi, precedents.

 

4.         Legal reasoning in legislation – legislative proposals; legislative drafting; ambiguity; vagueness, open texture, semantics in law, legislative process; construction of statutes; types of legislation; codification of laws.

 

Legal  Methods          II                                 JIL112   (2  Credits)  C

1.         Sources of law – primary sources; statutory materials and judicial materials; secondary source, books and pamphlets, letters, speeches, interviews, periodicals and news papers; foreign materials.

2.         Use of source materials – law library and legal research, indexing and identification of library materials, cases and citation of cases and reports, identification of issues, principles, rules, authoritative elements in books and judicial opinions, analysis and note taking, use of authorities in legal argument and legal writing.

3.         Legal writing – methods and approaches in essay writing, styles of writing; analysis of social and legal issues and application of legal rules, division of topics into chapters, sections and subsections.

 

 

 

Nigerian Legal System I                                 JIL211   (4 Credits)  C

(a)  The idea of a legal system (b) Nature and function of law (c) Classification of law and Sources of Nigeria Law: (i)    Legislation, Judicial Precedents, Case Law; Customary Law; Islamic Law; English Common Law and Doctrine of Equity. (ii)Reception and Application of English law in Nigeria.

 

 

Nigerian Legal System  II                                  JIL212   (4 Credits)  C

(i) Internal Conflicts :(a)  Different Customary Laws/Islamic Laws

(b) English Law and Customary Law(c) English Law and Islamic Law (ii)Judicial Institutions (a) The Role of the Judiciary (b)  The History and Development of the Courts. (iii) Types And Jurisdiction of Courts (a) Customary and Area Courts (b) Magistrate and District Courts (c) Court of Record (d) Special Courts – Sharia Court of Appeal – Customary Court of Appeal – Tribunals (excluding Commissions of Inquiry)  (e)  Judicial Personnel – Appointment and Tenure (f)  Outline of Civil and Criminal procedure in Nigeria  (g)  Legal Aid and Advice – Development and future of Law in Nigeria  - The Organisation of legal Education and Legal Profession in Nigeria.

 

Law of Contract        I                                               CLL233   (4  Credits)  C

a) Nature of Contract: Sources of law, concept of bargain, classification

b) Formation of Contract: Offer and Acceptance, Consideration, Intention to create legal relations. c) Contents of a Contract: Terms, representations excluding and limiting terms and fundamental breach terms.  d) Capacity: Infants, illiterates, corporations, mental patients and drunken persons.

 

Law of Contract        II                                             CLL234 ( 4  Credits)  C

a) Vitiating Elements of a Contract: Mistake, Mis-representation; Duress, Illegality and unenforces contracts. b) Privity of Contract: Rules and exceptions. c) Discharge of Contract: By performance, agreement, breach and frustration.  d) Remedies / Damages; Equitable remedies in outline only, Quantum meruit claims and quasi-contract.

 

Human Rights           I                                               PUL241  (4 Credits) E

Meaning and scope of civil liberties, Jurisprudential and historical background to liberties, Relationship between civil liberties and human rights, Concept of personal liberties, its limitation and scope, especially in relation to the exercise of powers by the Police and other Criminal Justice Agencies, Freedom of expression, its scope and limits within the context of the law of defamation, law of Contempt of Court, law of obscenity and Official Secret Laws.

 

 

Human Rights           II                                 PUL242   (4 Credits)  E

Group Rights, rights of women, children, aged, families, minorities, refugees, and the disabled (i.e. people with special needs). Relationship between inherent rights and guaranteed rights; and in the case of the latter, the interrelationships of the rights provided under municipal; and international law, in particular, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and its status vis-a-viz other domestic legislations.

 

Labour Law                                                  CLL231  (4 credits)  E

a. Introduction: Nature,History,Sources,Scope. (b). Contract of Employment-: Definition, formation, contents, parties-young persons-apprentice, women. (c). Employees duties, good faith, Accountability, confidentiality, restraint of trade. (d). Termination of Contract of Employment, Performance, Agreement, Notice, Summary dismissal, Repudiation Remedies for wrongful dismissal.

 

 

Labour Law  II                                              CLL232  (4 credits)  E

(a). Collective Bargaining and collective agreement: framework, nature, legislation. (b) Trade Unions; Formation, rights, obligations criminal liability, civil liability. (c). Agencies, I.A.P., N.I.C., P.P.I.B.,Industrial Training Fund. (d). Industrial Law and Economic Development

 

Constitutional Law I                                     PUL243  (4  Credits)  C

Definition and sources of constitutional law, classification of the constitutions: written

and unwritten; rigid and flexible; federal and unitary, presidential and parliamentary.

The concepts of separation of powers. Rule of law federalism, supremacy of the

constitution / parliament. The legal consequences of the change of government by extra

constitutional means (e.g., coup detat). Constitutional history of Nigeria from the advent

of British rule up-to-date.

 

Constitutional Law II                                   PUL244   (4  Credits)  C

The Military and Constitution Making in Nigeria.

(a) Law Making by the Military (b) The Judiciary under the Military (c) The Executive under the Military (d) The Military and the search for constitutional and political order.

The study of the current Constitution: (a) Supremacy of the Constitution, citizenship, fundamental rights, fundamental objectives and direct principles of state policy, creation of states, and constitutional amendments: (b) Legislative Power: Its meaning, scope and relation with the executive and judicial powers, delegated legislative powers – division of legislative powers between the federation and the states; interpretation of legislative entries/its doctrines of pith and substance, implied powers, repugnancy, and occupied impeachment power.

(c) Judicial Power: Its meaning and scope – judicial review of legislation – independence of judicial jurisdiction and powers of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Federal and State High Courts and Sharia and customary courts of Appeal. Judicial control of administration – nature, scope of writing orders; Habeas corpus, mandamus, certiorari, prohibition, (no warrantos, declaratioin and injunction.

Executive Power: Its meaning and scope, power and functions of the President and

Government appointment, legislative, police, public order, defence, emergency,

prerogatives of mercy, foreign and Federal (and State) executive bodies – Attorney

General’s powers.

 

Family Law   I                                               PPL343  (4  Credits)  E

Nature of family including extended family system, the nature and sources of Nigeria family law, Succession: nature, form and incidence of marriage under customary / Islamic Law; contract and celebration of marriage, formal and essential validity of statutory marriage; void and avoidable marriage, dissolution of marriage.

 

Family Law   II                                             PPL344   ( 4  Credits)  C

Rectification of marriage, Judicial Separation; maintenance and financial relief; legitimacy; custody, guardship and adoption; basis of marriage and divorce, succession, testate in customary, Islamic and status laws, Foreign marriages.

 

Environmental Law I                                   PUL321  (4Credits)  E

Concept of the environment, Analysis of the legal, political, social and economic dimensions of environmental control legislation. The relationship of property rights to the question of the environment and the problem of the urban and rural environment.

 

Environmental Law              II                     PUL 322  (4Credits)  E

Concept of the environment, the meaning and scope of environmental law; public health and environmental laws; including the various factory legislations, and the laws prescribing environmental pollution, including the dumping of toxic and radioactive substances,. Rights of citizens to a clean environment and good health and, the rights to life. Impact of international arrangements on domestic laws, Evaluation of domestic laws with international framework.

 

Criminal Law            I                                   PUL341   (4   Credits)  C

(a) General Introduction and purpose of Criminal Law (b) The content of Crime (c) History and Sources of Nigerian Criminal Law (d) The elements of an offence (e) Classification of Offences (f) General Principles of Criminal Responsibility (g) Parties to an offence (h) Offences against the Person.

 

Criminal Law            II                                             PUL342 ( 4  Credits)  C

(a) Offences against Property (b) Offences against the State and against Public Order (c) Offences of corruption (d) The Police and the administration of Criminal Justice (e) Theories and types of punishment (f) General Principles of sentencing.

 

Commercial Transactions    I                                   CLL331  ( 4  Credits)  C

Sales of Goods: Nature and formation of the contract; conditions, warranties and representations; ownership and passing of property; duties of the seller; duties of the buyer; effect of contract; remedies; special commercial contract (outline); the use of various payment devices e.g. cheques, credits cards, luncheon and fuel vouchers.

 

Commercial Transactions    II                                 CLL332   (4  Credits)  C

Hire Purchase: Nature and meaning of hire purchase; hire purchase in Common Law and under Hire Purchase Act, Ownership and passing of property; remedies of owner and hirer, minimum payment clauses and damage standard form, hire-purchase agreements. Bills of sales; conditional sale and credit sale agreements.

Agency: Definition formalities and capacity; authority of the agent; ratification: types of agents, rights of principal and agent; termination of agency; relationship of principal and agents.

 

Law of Torts  I                                   PPL323  (4  Credits) C

Historical background and general principles of tortuous liability, Defenses in relation to tort; trespass to person – assault, battery, false imprisonment and intentional harm to the person; trespass to chattel, conversion and detinue; Negligence: duty of care, standard of care, proof of negligence, shock, contributory negligence, damages, remoteness of damage; occupiers, liability.

Law of Torts  II                                             PPL324  (4  Credits)  C

Nuisance: Rylands v. Fletcher; liability for animals; Malicious prosecution; Vicarious liability; Defamation. Death as course of action; Fatal accidents; Deceit; Economic torts, Passing off, civil conspiracy, intimidation, interference with contract; parties, joint torts; Remedies.

 

 

Islamic Law in  Nigeria        I                       PPL413   (4  Credits)  E

Introduction: Nature and sources of Islamic Law; Historical Background: Pre-Islamic Arabia: Law and Society in pre-Islamic Arabia. The Rise of Islam – Sharia. The Prophet Muhammed, the Quaranic Legislations, the Prophetic Sunnah. Development of Judicial System: Muadh Jabel’s appointment and Prophet’s directions; Umar’s directions to the Judges, the Development of Judicial Institutions; Qudi Muhtasib, Nazir al Mazalim. Role of juristic opinion (Ra’y) and custom (“urf) in the development of Islamic Law.  Emergence of the Faculty of Law: Maliki, Hanafi, Shiffii, Hanbali; Ja”fari and Zshiri.  Developments of Islamic Legal literature,

Authoritative texts of the various schools of law. Modern developments: Impact of Western Legal System. Islamisation of Laws.

 

The Islamic Law in Nigeria  II                    PPL414   (4 Credits)  E

Historical Background: Introduction of Islam in West Africa. The Maliki School of Law: Maliki B, Anas, Maliki School. Spread of Maliki Faculty in Nigeria. Authoritative Books. The extent and application of Islamic Law.

 

Administrative Law              I                       PUL443  (4  Credits)  E

Nature, Scope and Sources of Administrative agencies and procedure, Relationship between Administrative Law, the rule of Law and Separation of powers, Delegation of powers, Delegated legislation: its nature, forms, making and control.

 

Administrative Law              II                     PUL444  (4 Credits)  E

Administrative and adjudication, powers of administrative Tribunals:– administrative invasion of tribunals of peoples’ legal rights, delegations – tribunals and inquires. (a) Ground of Judicial review: e.g Ultra vires, natural justice and error of law. (b) Remedies certiorari, prohibition, mandamus, declaration, injunction, habeas corpus, damages and appeal, Ombudsman.

(c) Action by and against the State, Corporations including Local Government Councils.

 

Land Law                  I                                   PPL421  (4  Credits)  C

Introduction: (a) Historical Evolution of Land Law (b) Sources of Nigerian Land Law (c) Terminology: Ownership, Possession, Title rights, Liability, Land, etc. Customary Land Law: (a) Modes of acquiring title to land, settlement; expansion; loan or borrowing; pledge or pawn; gift, conquest, allotment, kola tenancy. (b) Concepts and ownership of land. (i) Nature of title to Land (ii) Control and management of community land – individual rights and extent of community land today. (iii) Creation of family land – nature and extent of members’ right in family land; control of family land, alienation of family land, termination of family land, (iv) An outline of succession to rights in land.

 

Land Law      II                                             PPL422  (4  Credits)  C

  1. The Land Use Act – State Control of Land; grant of right of occupancy; what certificate of occupancy connotes: alienation of certificate of occupancy; revocation of certificate of occupancy; compensation for revocation. (b) Relationship between Land Use Act and other State Land Law. (c) An outline of control of natural resources-minerals, water and forests, Agrarian Reforms. (d) Rights and Interest in Land – freehold, joint tenancy, tenancy; in common, prescription; laches, acquiescence, leasehold, easements, profit a prendre, covenants, mortgages. (e) Registration – registration of instruments, registration of title.

 

Law of Banking and Insurance       1                      CLL431    (4 Credits)  E

Banking : Nature, history and evolution of banking in Nigeria; Law regulating the establishment and operation of banking in Nigeria; Nature and legal effect of negotiable instruments, including cheques, promissory notes, bills of exchange, etc. Negotiability and assignability, endorsement and delivery, presentation and notice of dishonor.; Banking – Customer relationship, including the nature and legal effects of bank accounts, overdraft, bank notes, cheques and their crossing, etc; mortgages and foreclosures etc, forgeries and conversions, securities and advances.

Law of Banking and Insurance       II                     CLL432     (4Credits)  E

Insurance: Substance and rationale of the dichotomy between the regulation, framework of the banking institution and Insurance: Nature of Insurance, purposes or functions of Insurance; Types of Insurance, including marine insurance, life, personal, accident insurance etc. Insurable interests and principles of indemnity. Parties to Insurance, Copntracts Principles of umberrimae fidei;  Assignment of insurance policies, under writing and reinsurance claims and settlement claims. State control of insurance business. Social functions relative to Banking & Insurance. Analyses of the dynamics of social-legal changes in the context of relevant judicial opinions and statutory enactments.

Equity and Trusts     I                                               PPL423  (4  Credits) C

General Principles of Equity: Nature, doctrine and history of equity, its development in England and its introduction to Nigeria; Equity and Common Law; conflict between Equity and Common Law, maxims of equity; nature of equitable rights and interests; priorities; assignment of chose in action; conversion; election; satisfaction.

(a) Equitable Remedies – Injunction; specific performance; rescission; rectification; delivery up and cancellation of documents; account; receivership; restitution. (b) Equitable Defences – Estoppel, laches and acquiescence.

 

Equity and Trusts     II                                             PPL424  (4  Credits)  C

(a) Nature and classification of trusts; the requirements of trusts; constitution of trusts; express private trusts; charitable trusts; constructive trusts; protective and discretionary trusts (in outline only), trusts in favour of creditors. (b) Appointment of trustees – duties and discretion of trustees; breach of trust; retirement and removal of trustees. (c) An outline of administration of estate.

 

Oil and Gas Law       I                                               PUL411  (4 Credits)  E

(a) The origin and Occurrence of Oil and Natural gas (b) Theories of Ownership of Oil and Gas (c) United Nations and Natural Resources (d) Interests in Oil and Gas – Oil concession, effect of rights of concessionaries on natural gas. (e) Expropriation of Rights in Oil and Gas (f) Oil and Gas Pipelines, nature, legal status, conditions for grants, rights and obligations of the license.

Oil and Gas Law       II                                             PUL412  (4  Credits)  E

(a) Refining of Petroleum Oil (b) Pollution (c) Oil and Gas Revenue Legislation (d) Administration of Petroleum Profits (e) Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation [NNPC] (f) State Participation in the Petroleum Industry. (g) Manpower Development. (h) Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

Taxation I                                                                  PUL433  (4Credits) E

The nature, meaning and various forms of taxation, general principles and administration of tax and the governing residence and ordinary residence tax payers, individuals, trustees, companies and business organizations. Definition, ascertainment and computation of income for tax purpose; deductions allowances which may be set against income.

 

Taxation II                                                                 PUL434  (4 credits)  E

Different types of tax and duties imposed by the governments; taxing powers of government; problems of taxation, married women, and tax exemption of pensions and gratuities.

 

 

 

Criminology I                                                            CSS461 (4credits) E

The meaning, nature and scope of criminology, the evolution of criminological thought, phenomenology, aetiology of crime and victimology, Legal principles relating to insanity, mental deficiency and other forms of mental incapacity. Criminological aspects of victimless crimes. The Criminology of enforcement. Criminological; forecasting and planning.                                                                               

 

Criminology II                                                           CSS462  (4credits)  E

Drug addiction, alcoholism, juvenile delinquency, theories of punishment, the law governing sentencing and court orders in criminal cases, sentencing practice, treatment techniques and strategies and criminological research methods.

Philosophies of punishment, correction and treatment; analysis of different forms of punishment or treatment execution; the correction of the convicted.

 

 

Intellectual Property I                                              PPL435  (4 credits)  E

Law of copyright and confidential information, the nature of copyright, ownership rights and their exploitation, international environment, implication of new technology on copyright, confidential information on property, and the exploitation and protection of the right

 

 

 

 

Intellectual Property II                                                        PPL436 (4 credits)  E

The major forms of industrial property; Trade marks, patents and industrial designs. Nature and historical revolution of various species of industrial property rights and their exploitation.

 

 

Law of Evidence        I                                               PUL445  (4  Credits)  C

(a) General Introduction (b) Sources of Nigeria Law of Evidence (c) Direct and Circumstantial Evidence (d) Facts in Issue and Relevant Facts (c) Complaints (f) Similar fact Evidence, Res Gestae

 

Law of Evidence        II                                             PUL446  (4 Credits)  C

(a) Character Evidence (b) Opinion Evidence (c) Hearsay Evidence (d) Estoppel; Competence and Compellability of a witnesses (e) Privilege Generally (f) Corroboration (g) Burden of Proof (h) Documentary Evidence.

 

Public International Law     I                                   JIL511  (4  Credits)  E

General Introduction: History and Sources: International and Municipal Law; Subject of the Law of Nations (a) States – Nature and classification; recognition of States, governments and belligerents de jure and de facto. (b) State succession (c) Territory; Acquisition and loss.

Individuals: Nationality and domicile, Human rights and fundamental freedoms. Diplomatic Representation: States and functions of diplomatic envoys and consults; privileges and immunities; Diplomatic missions of international organisation. State responsibility and conditions of basic international claims.

 

 

Public International Law     II                                 JIL512  (4  Credits)  E

State Jurisdiction: territorial waters and airspace, international servitudes and waterways; International Agreement: Nature, entry into force, ratification, reservations, interpretation and discharge.

International Organizations: (a) The United Nation and its charter – specialized agencies, Disputes; Pacific and non-pacific methods of settlement. (b) The Organisation of African Unity (c) ECOWAS. War and Neutrality:

(a)        Position of belligerent forces and civilians in war

(b)        The Hague and Geneva Conventions

(c)        Economic Warfare – on land, sea and in air

(d)       Effects of outbreak of war – persons, actions, contracts, treaties.

 

 

The legal capacity to use force – States, recognised belligerents and U.N.

The legal claims to make war and U.N. Charter obligations; Position of neutrals, Punishment of war crimes – Nuremberg Trials.

 

Legal Drafting Conveyancing          I                                   PPL521  (4  Credits)  C

Introduction and definition of legal drafting, English as official language in Nigeria and habits to avoid when drafting legal document, stages of drafting, clarity and accuracy in legal drafting, Expressions and words Relating to Time, and Rules and Techniques of Drafting, rules of interpretation, Will, executor, restrictions to the testator’s freedom of disposition, codicil and custody of a will and customary Conveyancing.

 

 

Legal Drafting Conveyancing          II                     PPL522  (4  Credits)  C

Transfer of legal estates and interests in land, capacity of parties, the contract for the transfer of a legal estate or interest in land, lease, mortgages, assignments, transfer of title to land. The relevance of the study in the light of the Land use Act 1978.

 

Conflict of Laws                                            JIL513  (4  Credits)  E

(a) Nature and Scope of Conflict of Law: Internal and International conflicts. (b) General Principles of conflicts of Law: (i) Jurisdiction and Exemption from Jurisdiction of the Courts (ii) Exclusion of Foreign Law / State Laws (iii) Characterization (iv) Domicile and Nationality (v) Renvoi.

 

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory    I           LAW515   (4  Credits)  C

Introduction: The purpose of the study of law and Jurisprudence; Nature, Definition and scope of Jurisdiction; Meaning and Functions of Law. The relation of law to:- (a) Justice (b) Morality and (c) Religion. Law and Social Changes: Ethics; The relation of the above concepts to Islamic and Customary Law.

Sources of Law: Legislation, Customs and Judicial precedents. Nature, ascertainment, applicability and the role of these courses in contemporary and early society.

Analysis of Fundamental Legal Concepts: Rights, Duties, Liability, Ownership, possession; personality, Liberty.

 

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory    II                     JIL516  (4 Credits)  C

Theories of Law: (a) Natural Law School (b) Historical School (c) Positivist theory (d) Sociological theory (e) Pure Theory of Law (f) Marxist theory of Law (g) Indigenous Theories of Concepts of Law – Islamic Faculty of Law (h) Maliki School and concepts of customary Law (i) Law Reform (j) Codification, restatement, adaptation and unification of customary law.

 

Company Law and Business Association   I                       CLL 533  (4  Credits)  C

  1. Forms of business organisation; Sole proprietorship; partnership; incorporated companies; creation and incidents. (b) Formation of companies; Certificate of Incorporation; pre-incorporation contracts; promoter’s liability. (c) Memorandum of Association; Doctrine of Ultra – Vires; Alteration of Memorandum and the Objects clause. (d) Articles of Association Contractual effect of Memorandum and Articles; Alteration of Articles. (e) Doctrine of Constructive Notice and Indoor Management. (f) Prospectus; Statement in lieu of Prospectus; Remedies for Mis-representation.

 

Company Law and Business Association   II                     CLL534  (4  Credits)  C

(a) Company Securities; shares and Debentures; Becoming and Ceasing to be a shareholder; Transfer of shares, floating Charges. (b) Directors and other officers; Appointment, Removal, Duties, Rights and Powers (c) Meetings Resolutions (d) Majority powers and Minority Rights; Prevention of oppression and mis-management (e) Reconstructions and Take-Overs. (f) Winding up (in outline). (g) Partnership; relation of partners inter se and to third parties, dissolution of partnership.

 

Long Essay                                                                JIL500  (4  Credits)  C

Each final year student will have approved for him or her a topic of research at the beginning of the final year. Such a candidate will be expected to produce a well – researched essay containing a minimum of 10,000 words under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.

 

Succession                                                                  LAW542  (4 credits)  E

Nature and sources of the Nigerian Law of Succession, the making of wills, and the administration of the estates of a deceased. Customary rules of succession in various jurisdictions, the non-customary rules on succession, estate succession, including the nature of

 wills and other dispositions taking effect at death, the formalities in making a will, and how or amend, alter or destroy wills generally.

 

Women and the Law                                    LAW541 (4 credits) E

Cultural and Religious influence on the position of Women in Society; Women’s Rights and Obligations in the Context of Society.

Position of Women under the Constitution; Criminal Law and Procedure; the Status of Women in Sexual Crimes and Protection within the Criminal Justice System.

The Rights of Women vis-à-vis Succession. Torts; Property and Contract, Labour and Trade Law.

 

 

 

Maritime Law                                                           JIL531  (4 credits)  E

Marine Law and Nigerian Legislation, Public control of shipping and Navigation in Nigeria waters, Control of Marine Pollution.  International Conventions governing the carriage of goods by sea – The hague Rules, Hamburg rules, The Hague Visby rules, York-Antwep Rules, Municipal Laws governing the carriage of goods by seas. Carriage of goods by sea. Meritime Zones within the limit of National Jurisdiction, International waters, Territorial seas, archipaelagic waters, Contiguous zones, Exclusive Economic Zones and continental Shelf

 

 

 

Maritime Law II                                                       JIL532  (4 credits)  E

The Ship I: As property; registration, purchase and sale, construction, maintenance and equipments; ship mortgages and liens. The Ship II: Mitigation; safety of life at sea and collision regulation, Nigerian Harbour regulations, collision and liability for damage, limitation of liability. Admirality Jurisdiction. Maritime Insurance; History, Cause of Business of Lloyds. Concepts; Insurable, indemnity, utmost good faith. Types of policies, floating, blanket, voyage and time, valued and invalued etc. Perils insured against . Contents of policies, losses and other incidents of liability, rights of insurers, assignment of policies, mutual insurance. Towage, Salvage and Pilotage.

 

 

6.         Language of Instruction

The language of instruction is English language.

 

7.         Course Development

Some of the course materials for this programme were adapted from the Commonwealth of Learning by in-House Staff. Others were developed in-house.

 

8.         Quality Assurance

To maintain quality, the course materials were written or adapted by both expressed in-house staff, edited by external assessors and validated in accordance with NOUN standard.

 

 

 

 

8.1. Staff

 

Dean of Faculty of Law:   Dr. Ernest Ogwashi Ugbejeh

                                                                 

 

Lecturers:                        *Prof. Justus. Adedeji. Sokefun, Professor

 

                                        *Dr. Alero Toju. Akujobi, Associate Professor

 

    *Dr. Eje Adakole Odike, Associate Professor

 

*Dr. Omotayo Tekeron. Abisoye, Senior Lecturer

 

*Dr. Martins Ishaya, Senior Lecturer

 

*Dr. Francisca Anene, Senior Lecturer

 

*Mrs. Erimma G. Orie, Lecturer I

 

*Mrs. Soibi Godwin-Clark, Lecturer I

 

*Mrs. Olufunke Aje-Famuyide, Lecturer I

 

*Mrs. Grace Dallong-Opadotun, Lecturer I

 

*Mrs. Folasade Folake Aare, Lecturer I

 

*Mrs. Nimisore Akano, Lecturer I

 

*Dr. Ferdinand Onwe Agama, Lecturer I

 

*Dr. Friday Okafor Onamson, Lecturer II

 

 *Mr. Ahmad Hudu, Assistant Lecturer

 

 

 

                   Facilitators

There are a number of facilitators provided for the students at the various Study centres. Each facilitator holds a minimum of a masters degree and university teaching experience.

 

 

8.2       Admission and Registration Procedures

Admission and Registration procedure are On-line Based. Students are required to purchase their Admission forms from any of nominated banks and then fill the form and submit On-line. Admission lists as well as individual students admission letter for successful candidates are published on NOUN web-sites. Students are also expected to complete their registration procedure On-line

 

8.3       Instructional Methods and Delivery

As NOUN is a distance learning Institution, instructional method is through facilitation at the Study centres. Students are to study essentially on their own by creating their own convenient learning environment. Face to face tutoring would only be handled by Instructional Facilitators at the designated Study Centres for specified periods based on credit loading of the course. Delivery of course material is in print medium. Future use of video and audiotapes, radio and television broadcast, CD-Rom and e-learning to complement the print material are in the offing.

8.4       Evaluation

Students would be evaluated at the end of each semester based on the following:

 

8.4.1          Tutor Marked Assignments

There is a Tutor Marked Assignment at the end of every unit of a course material. Students are advised to attempt all the assignments. They will be assessed on the best 3 performances out of 4 indicated for assessment. The assignments carry 30%.

 

8.4.2          End of Semester Examination

At the end of each semester, there is-an-end of term examination, which carries 70% of the total marks.

 

8.4.3          Marking of Examination Scripts

Marking of examination scripts are done both by the academic staff of the School and facilitators in accordance with the marking guides provided. They are thereafter sent to approved experts for moderation.

 

8.5          Learner Support

There is a Directorate of Learner Support established by the University that takes care of the needs of students. They work hand in hand with the Study Centres, and the Faculty.

 

 

 

9.         Recognition of the Programme

The contents of the programme have been benchmarked against the National Universities.

 

10.       Programme Starting Date

Having received the approval of Senate, the programme commenced in earnest. Students are now in their second semester of 2006/2007 session.

 

11.       Target Group

The Law Programme is open to a wide category of both old and young, professionals and non-professionals, the military and para-military and law enforcement agents who may be interested in studying law or desirous of refocusing their world outlook.

 

12.       Students Enrolment and Projection

Student enrolment is about 600 each year. It may attain 1000 mark subject to demand for the overriding Quality Control and the policies of the Council of Legal Education and the NUC , or other regulatory bodies.

13.       Conclusion

The Law Programme is a foundation on, which new lawyers may more securely, build their subsequent experience and career. As in most kinds of legal practice, skills, techniques and ideal aptitude to work often develop by practice in actual work environment.