GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
The goal of the Paralegal Studies Programme is to produce diplomates who have the 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 Paralegal Studies programme are to prepare diplomates to;
1. Carry out support services to lawyers in the running of the affairs of their chambers.
2. Facilitate the establishment of the attorney-client relationship.
3. Assist in the production of legal documents, and papers
4. Manage cases.
5. Assist in the Advocacy of Human Rights.
6. Effectively manage a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).
7. Exercise paralegal function in the courts system
8. Provide effective support to law enforcement agencies and other institutions involved in the administration of justice.
9. Keep office Accounts and Records
MINIMUM ENTRY QUALIFICATION
The general entry requirements for the National Innovation Diploma (NID) 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.
The NID programme in Paralegal Studies is structured to run for three semesters of classroom work and activities in the institution and one semester of supervised Industrial training experience in any relevant organization (e.g Courts, Law offices, Development Organisation or Law Enforcement Agencies, etc).
For the purpose of awarding the National Innovation Diploma in Paralegal Studies, the students’ work shall include examinations (oral and written), term papers, paper presentations and students industrial work experience scheme (SIWES). The Supervised industrial work experience scheme (SIWES) shall take place during the third semester of the programme. However the institution shall be at liberty to split the period of attachment into two between the 2nd and 4th semesters.
The weighting of each of the components of subjects and SIWES shall be as follows:
|Foundation Studies||10% (minimum)|
|General Studies||15% (minimum)|
|Professional/core Courses||50% (minimum)|
|Industrial Attachment||25% (maximum)|