It is a great day for students of the University of Ibadan and the entire school community. Today (15/09/2020), as new lawyers are being called to the Nigerian Bar – Africa’s largest bar – all law faculties in Nigeria are celebrating their new entrants into the legal profession.
However, for the University of Ibadan, the mood is on a different high.
A few months back, Professor Idowu Olayinka, the Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan (UI) announced that the University produced 3 out of the 5 students who passed the Bar Exams with First Class Honours, out of the 2515 Law School students who wrote the exam. However, for today’s celebration, something much bigger was in the offing.
UI produced the best overall student, Olalere Yusuf, and the best overall graduating female student, Adebayo Deborah.
But that’s not all. The school also produced the best students in all 5 courses taken at the Law school. Olalere Yusuf Asamu, who is graduating as the best student, was also the best student in 3 of all 5 courses: Property Law Practice, Criminal Litigation and Civil Litigation. It is interesting to note that Olalere graduated from UI with First Class Honours and as Second and Best Graduating Male.
Also, Adeyemi Ayeku emerged Best Graduating Student in Corporate Practice, while Udeh Kosisiochukwu topped the prize for Professional Ethics and Skills at the Bar Exams.
Furthermore, UI produced the best graduating students (female), with Anyaeji Chizoba clinching the top spot for Professional Ethics, while Adebayo Deborah emerged best female student in Professional Ethics, Corporate Practice and Civil Litigation.
Also, all the top 4 students in Professional Ethics and Corporate Practice are from UI; and you will find at least two UI students among the top 4 students in all the 5 courses. Essentially, about 90% of all prizes at Law School this year will be going to UI. But this isn’t the only year UI has performed incredibly at Law School.
In the previous set, of all 150 Law Students from UI, 26 First Class graduating students came from UI. The second top performing school produced 12 First Class students. Perhaps, the most interesting thing about this is that UI has a small quota at Law School, with only about 150 students from the Premier School going to Law School every year.
It is further interesting to note that news is coming in a few weeks after Times Higher Education ranked the school as the best University in Nigeria and West Africa. As the Premier school’s Vice Chancellor would say, “If it is from Ibadan, it must be of outstanding quality. There’s really no reason to agree less.