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classes only of Law School is 84. 11

This uniformity and limited number in part emanate from the intervention of the National Universities Commission (NUC) initially providing Minimum Academic Standards (1989), now upgraded to Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards (2004).  This involved prescribing courses, both law and non-law courses which faculties of Law in the country are required to offer.  The Council of Legal Education (CLE) also has its own group of core courses prescribed for Law faculties.

This external intervention came about when it appeared that universities were not developing and improving on academic programmes on offer to students, especially the newly established universities.

The approach in virtually all the universities so far is to adopt the externally pre-determined courses as their ceiling with a few additions.  Nigeria is one of the very few countries that has an externally prescribed curricula structure.

Given the reason for the introduction of the Minimum Approved Standards (MAS) itself, it would appear to be incongruous to adopt a pure outcome structured curriculum, despite its advantages as being flexible, less totalitarian in terms of safeguarding academic autonomy, thus providing some harmony between the interests of educators on one hand and policy makers and regulators on the other.12  Some additional reasons against adoption of outcome based policy would be the usual factors associated with inefficient bureaucracies in the country such that implementation of a complex system of regulation and audit of education providers, more extensive role for supervisors, what type of evidence will be enough

11A survey of Law School Curricula Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar 1992-2002. P.3136

12 A Boon, F. Flood and J. Webb: Cardiff University Law School 2005, Blackwell Publishing Limited 9600 Garsington Road, Oxford OX42DQ, UK and 350 Main Street, Maiden MA, 02148, USA – http://ssm.com/abstract=873885.


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