Diploma in Law is a Continuing Education Programme designed to provide students with a clear understanding of the place and importance of Law in society since all human activities take place within a legal framework. Diploma in law is structured to run for Four semesters of classroom work and activities in the institution and Four months of Supervised Industrial Training Experience in any relevant organization (e.g. courts, law offices, development organization or law enforcement agencies, NGOs, Human Right Crusaders office, etc).
In this program, a variety of legal aspects will be covered. Some of these can include civil law, criminal law, the court system, civil and criminal procedures and reasons for law changes.
GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
The goal of the Diploma in Law programme is to produce diplomats who have basic theoretical and practical knowledge of law which will enable them to assist and support Law Firms, the Judiciary and Corporate bodies in their duties.
The objectives of the Diploma in Law programme are to prepare diplomats to:
- Carry out support services to lawyers in the running of the affairs of their chambers.
- Facilitate the establishment of the attorney-client relationship.
- Assist in the production of legal documents, and papers
- Manage cases.
- Assists in the Advocacy of Human Rights.
- Effectively manage a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
- Exercise paralegal function in the courts system
- Provide effective support to law enforcement agencies and other institutions involved in the administration of justice.
- Keep office Accounts and Records
With a diploma in law, individuals will have the knowledge and understanding of crucial legal concepts necessary for certain careers. The diploma may be used for entry-level positions such as a paralegal, probation officer, or social worker. Many individuals use the diploma to boost the careers they are already in, or seek out higher education that may lead to a career as a lawyer.
MINIMUM ENTRY QUALIFICATION
The general entry requirements for the Diploma in Law programme are:
(a) Credits pass in five subjects in the WASC, GCE (‘O’ Level) or the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examinations. The credit passes should include English Language. At least a pass in Literature or History is required.
(b) Certificate in Paralegal Studies (at Credit level) with not less than two years working experience plus four passes in GCE )O/L) or its equivalent.
(c) MATURE CANDIDATE:
Candidates with at least (3) relevant credits and two (2) Passes could be considered for admission into the Diploma in Law programme, provided such candidates are not below the age of 40 years and have a minimum of 10 years work experience at SENIOR LEVEL.
There are several benefits that come with earning a diploma in law. Individuals will have successfully gained extremely valuable skills and expertise that can lead to higher salaries and better careers.
The target students for this important programme are; Court Clerk, Law Firm secretary,
Law enforcement agents, Paramilitary Officers, Civil Servants, Judiciary workers,
Security Experts, Religion Scholars, Police, State Security Service, Civil Defence, Immigration Service, Custom Service, Nigeria Peace Corps, Vigilante Group of Nigeria), NGOs e.t.c.
For the purpose of awarding the Diploma in Law, the student’s work shall include examinations (oral and written), term papers, papers presentations and students industrial work experience scheme (SIWES).
The Supervised Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) shall take place after the Second semester of the programme. The weighting of each of the components shall be as follow:
Foundation Courses – 10%
General Studies – 15%
Professional/core Courses – 50%
Industrial Attachment – 25%