The Institute of Advance Legal Studies is determined to raise the standard of law practice in the country through the provision of adequate academic and human resources to the various faculties of law in Nigerian universities.
Director General of the institute, Epiphany Azinge, while presenting law books donated to the law faculty of University of Jos, said that moulding and building the characters of students and lecturers in the universities will improve legal practice in the country which will make practitioners compete favorably with their counterparts across the globe.
Accompanied by management staff of the institute, Azinge visited the University of Jos as part of the institute’s constitutional mandate of supervising and guidance of law faculties as well as monitoring the progress of post graduate programmes in Nigerian universities.
The institute donated law books to three other law faculties of Nasarawa State University, Lafia; Nigeria Law School as well as Baze University, Abuja.
Vice Chancellor, University Of Jos, Professor Hayward Mafuyai expressed satisfaction in the process which pronounced the university as the third best law faculty in the country in spite of the challenges facing the institution and assured that the donation and award will spur the management in improving the standard.
Dean Faculty of Law at the university, Professor Joash Amupitan described the institute’s gesture as a challenge to the faculty to improve on its standard both at the undergraduate and post graduate levels.
Azinge also shed more light on the criteria for the annual rating of law faculties in Nigerian universities.
As the apex institution for research and advanced studies in law in Nigeria much is needed to be done in raising the standard of law teaching and practice in the country by assisting the universities with provision of research materials in resolving the difficulties hampering the organisation of under graduate and postgraduate studies needed to fill in the gaps in the training of Nigerian lawyers.