Hey Everyone, Ok, so I deserted my blog for a few years now. I know…I’m horrible. I didn’t even think my webpage could still open but I guess here we are. I’m not here to make any promises about blogging constantly. I just remember how confused I was before starting at the Nigerian Law School so I’m putting some pointers out there for law students who are planning on starting at the Nigerian Law School, Bwari this May/June. So, I hope you find the information useful and please forward to your friends who need.
P.S.: This is not an official list, just some advice and pointers based on my own application process. *I am not liable for any steps left out or mistakes made on the basis of the pointers below*
A. APPLYING 1. Check the Nigerian Law School Website : http://mynlsp.com/ .This has vital info: http://www.nigerianlawschool.edu.ng/notices/BarIinstruction2015.pdf
– In particular, there is some information under the ‘Help’ section. Comb through it to find all the documents you are required to submit including:
- Application Form which can be found online – fill and submit. Take notice of your application number and reference number, you’ll need them again.
- The online application form (accompanied by the medical form) should be downloaded and printed. IT MUST BE NOTARISED BEFORE POSTING i.e. The content must be affirmed by a notary public/commissioner of Oaths. It cost me about £40 in the UK. It costs less than N1,000 (less than £4) in Nigeria.
- Copy of Degree Certificate & Academic Transcript: The originals are required, but you won’t have these if you’ve not graduated. Just get a copy of these from your institution that is somewhat legit. They won’t be expecting everyone to have graduated.
- Copies of Forms B (If you’re a current student); Copies of B1 & B2 (if you’re currently employed). I suggest printing out the relevant document and handing it over to the school/employer with an envelope that already has the correct posting address to make it easy for them to do the posting correctly.
The physical forms should be posted. I would advice having your own copy of these documents, you know..just in case.
2. Before submitting check with your friends also applying to ensure you haven’t missed out anything. Missing out a document in your original application or failing to do something you ought to can affect the status of your subsequent applications to Law School because the system doesn’t update quickly
3. Address for Posting: NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL, HEADQUARTERS, BWARI, P.M.B 170, GARKI, ABUJA, NIGERIA
4. Post with a reliable source e.g. DHL; UPS. Post sooner rather than later, give enough time before the deadline to allow for international posting. Some documents will have to be posted directly from your school or employer.
5. The medical form must be filled by a Doctor in a Nigerian GENERAL Hospital (as opposed to private Hospital). It’s advisable to know someone there instead of just showing up, or you may have to wait quite a while to be seen.
1. Arrive early to join the queue, if possible be in Abuja by the Night before registration . You don’t want to fall prey to delayed flights. Trust ME!
2. Ensure you have a copy of all your application documents; ID (e.g. Passport , Driver’s License); receipt & evidence of payment; evidence of acceptance/ offer letter; medical form; MANY passports photographs ( The more the merrier, but you should be fine with about 8-10).
3. If you may be staying in the Hostel, go with whoever you want to room with. It’s first come-first serve but they’d usually let you pick your room-mate if they’re there at the point of room allocation.
4. Once you’ve gotten accommodation, go check it out immediately to see what you need so you can make the relevant complaints, enquiries or purchases. You can always go and come back.
..That’s it for now. I intend to do a subsequent post for Lifestyle (Dressing, Living, Weather, Health..) & Academics – which is what I presume most of you really want to know about.
I hope you’ve found this helpful. If you have any questions..let me know in the comment section. I’ll be happy to help.
All the best at the Nigerian Law School, Prospective Zebras