ACTING DEAN of FACULTY:
Dr. B.O. Omoleye
BRIEF HISTORY OF CREATION
The Faculty of Law, Ekiti State University was established about twenty five years ago, precisely in 1992. With only two Departments at inception, the Faculty has grown into a full fledged one, having four departments- Business and Industrial Law Department, Private and Property Law Department, Public Law Department and the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law. The Faculty has become a model of excellence in teaching and research. Its restructured curriculum emphasizes inter-disciplinary contents in line with modem trend in pedagogy. Thus related courses in humanities and social sciences are incorporated into the curriculum.
By this broad training, the students are equipped with the basic tools needed to confront contemporary challenges in the society. The pioneer Dean of the Faculty was Professor Akin Oyebode, a renowned international law scholar who later became the Vice-Chancellor of the University. The Faculty is currently headed by Dr. Benson O. Omoleye as its Ag. Dean. He attended foremost Nigerian Universities of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo, Ile-Ife. He is also an alumnus of the Faculty. He has published widely both locally and internationally. His areas of specialization are jurisprudence and international human rights law. Other members of the Faculty are Dr. W.A. Adebayo, Ag. Head of Department Business and Industrial Law; Dr. B.O. Jemilohun, Ag. Head of Private and Property Law; Dr. B. Abegunde, Ag. Head of Public Law Department and Dr. I.0. Babatunde, Ag. Head of Jurisprudence and International Law Department. Dr. J.O. Adeoye is the Sub-Dean.
Since inception, the Faculty has never detoured from its central aim of being a centre of excellence in the study of law. In this regard, efforts have been geared towards the teaching of law in the light of social, political and economic changes and the need to inculcate the idea of understanding law not for its own sake, but with reference to its relevance to society, locally and internationally. In order to align with current trends in legal education, the Faculty has restructured its curriculum, with the introduction of courses like, Practical Lawyering Skills and Clinical Law.
Mission of the Faculty
- To train and develop young and talented individuals to take up careers as Legal practitioners, Law teachers, Judges, employers and employees in both the public and private sectors of the economy.
- To inculcate into the students requisite skills for acquiring critical minds needed for learning Law as a catalyst for the development of the society.
- To equip the students with mental capabilities required for sustaining an independent academic work.
- To expose the students to basic skills in learning and research.
- To contribute to the m an-power needs of the state and the nation through the production of quality law graduates.
Admission requirements for the programmes are the same as for entry into the University generally. These include good performance in the Joint Matriculation Examination and possession of at least five credit passes at the G.C.E. Ordinary level or it’s equivalent at one sitting. Candidates are however required to possess credit passes in English Language, Literature in English and Mathematics at either the General Certificate of Education (G.C.E. Ordinary Level), the West African School Certificate (WASC), the Senior Secondary School Certificate (S.S.C.E.) of NECO.
Post – UTME
Candidates are also required to take the Post University Matriculation Examination of the University.
(b) Direct Entry Requirements
Candidates seeking admission by Direct Entry must satisfy the minimum University admission requirements laid down for that category, that is:
At least 2 passes at the Principal or Advanced Level
Diploma in Law with Upper Credit Passes from the Ekiti State University or any recognized University or polytechnic.
A good University Degree.
In addition, such candidates must possess credit passes in English Language, Literature in English and Mathematics at either the SSCE, WASC, Ordinary Level or NECO at not more than one sitting.
(c) Diploma in Law
For the Diploma in law, a candidate must possess, Four credit passes in the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) or Ordinary General Certificate Examination (GCE) or National Examination (NECO) at nor more than one sitting. These must include English Language and Literature in English.
Two passes at the Advanced General Certificate Examination (AGCE)
A degree of this University or any other University approved by the Senate of the University.
Duration of the Programme
The qualified candidate for admission will be required to spend a minimum of two academic sessions on full-time.
(d) Post graduate Programmes
(i) Master of Law (LL.M)
To qualify for admission to the LL.M. programme, the candidate must possess at least, a second class LL.B. degree awarded by this or any other recognized University approved by the Senate of this University. This is without prejudice to the right reserved by the Faculty Committee on Postgraduate studies to determine if the candidate is eligible to pursue the programme.
A candidate for the degree is required to pass:
Course work – 24 units
Dissertation – 4 units
Satisfy all other requirements of the School of Postgraduate Studies.
Duration of the Programme
A candidate pursuing this programme will be required to spend a minimum of two (2) academic session on full-time and four (4) academic sessions for part time.
A candidate for this degree shall be required to :
Register for a minimum period of 12 calendar months and a maximum of 36 calendar months
Present two (2) in-depth research papers chosen from different postgraduate law courses (800 level) in consultation with his/her supervisor and subject to the approval of the Faculty Postgraduate Committee
Present and successfully defend a thesis adjusted to have made substantial contribution to knowledge in the candidate’s chosen area of study.
Conversion to Ph.D. Programme
Any candidate who obtains not less than an average of 60% (B) in the seminar papers and course work may at the end of the session, subject to the approval of the Board of the postgraduate studies on the recommendation of the Faculty Postgraduate Committee be transferred to the Ph.D programme. For such candidates, the effective period of Ph.D registration shall be deemed to be the date of approval of the conversion by Senate. Thereafter such candidate shall register for a minimum of four (4) semesters for the Ph.D Degree. A candidate who scores less than 60% (B) shall be required to complete the course by presenting a thesis and shall be awarded an M.Phil. Degree in Law.
An applicant to the programme must be a lawyer, with a degree of Master of Philosophy (M.Phil) of this University or any approved University or must have obtained requisite approval of this transfer from the M.Phil programme to the Ph.D programme.
The Ph.D. degree shall be awarded to a candidate who has carried out full time research for a minimum study period of six(6) academic semesters and a maximum of eight(8) academic semesters and a minimum of eight(8) semesters and maximum of fourteen semesters for part-time candidates.
Candidates must register for and pass a compulsory Advanced Legal research Methodology course (LAW(911), Candidates must present and successfully defend a research proposal in a seminar to be attended by academic members of the Law Faculty and members of other Faculties. All candidates shall pass a qualifying examination before being allowed to proceed to the final stage of their research work. In addition, each candidate is expected to cary out an original research and present a thesis on an approval topic.
Faculty members are active in research. The Faculty publishes a journal known as the University of Ado – Ekiti Law Journal. It has also published from time to time, collection of essays by Faculty members. Some of the titles are:
Ado Readings in Law
Essays in Honour of Professor Akin Oyebode
Belgore Though the Cases – A Compendium of Commentaries
Essays in Administrative Law
One of the two Departments hosts a Journal of Private and Commercial Law.
Seminars and Workshops
The Faculty holds seminars and workshops on topical issues. Infact, there is a Faculty seminar each month, where lecturers in the Faculty make presentations.
There is a law Library which is situated within the faculty premises. In addition to a standard library, there is an e-Library. The Library is divided into four sections.
General reading section
Reserve book section
The Staff Library