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The federal government accepted the recommendations and provided for them through two Acts, - the Legal Education Act 1962 and the Legal Practitioners Act 1962, subsequently replaced and consolidated in the Legal Education (Consolidation, etc) Act (Cap 206) Laws of Federation of Nigeria 1990 and the Legal Practitioners Act (Cap 207) LFN 1990.  While the former regulates legal education, the latter regulated the practice of Law in Nigeria.

The recommendations and follow-up legislation put in place  a modified two tier system of legal education and training which like, in the United Kingdom separated the academic from the vocational stages.  Unlike in the United Kingdom, however, a Law degree became the basis for qualification.  This provided for a single point of entry to the profession as against the United Kingdom which has multiple entry and exit points for the legal profession.  More significantly the framework provided for the possibility of a thorough and in-depth study of Law in the university through a law degree in contrast to the United Kingdom which permits other non-degree qualifications for entry to the profession.

A further important window in the Act provided for the adaptation of legal education to the needs of Nigerians.  This appeared to capture the earlier reason which led to the establishment of the Denning Committee before independence to review legal education that would cater for Africans studying in the United Kingdom.2  Apart from the technical need to provide lawyers that will serve as administrators, legislators and manage the institutions of justice, Law has long been identified as a key medium for communicating and transmitting the culture and intrinsic values of a community or society.

Differences between legal systems are therefore, the expression of self identity as differences between individual people are and as such are to be respected.  As further forcefully put by Zamora “Legal Systems (and the institutions and doctrines that comprise them) are deeply imbedded in national and local cultures that vary greatly according to

2  Okonkwo, Supra P.2: Report of the Committee 1959 (Federal Government Printer, Lagos) C. O. Okonkwo for more detailed discussions.


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