The Body of Benchers on Tuesday called a total of 1,785 candidates to the Nigerian Bar, which usually happens after they have successfully passed the Bar Final Examination.
The Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, Prof. Isa Hayatu (SAN) who spoke at the ceremony which was held at the Eagle Square, Abuja, said 1, 779 candidates passed the January 2020 Bar final examinations, while six candidates were from previous Bar final examinations.
He said: “The candidates successfully completed the vocational training at the Nigerian Law School as prescribed by the Legal Education Act and had also taken the prescribed examinations and the dining terms and met all other required conditions set by the Council of Legal Education.
“A total of 2, 515 students participated at the examinations and a total of 1, 779 were successful, out of which five candidates were graded in first class, 76 graded in the second class upper, 633 graduated with second class lower while 1, 065 came out with a pass in the Bar final examinations.
“I am happy to affirm that they all exhibited good manners and decorum during their training. They have also been groomed in the best ethics and ethos of our noble profession,” he added.
Speaking further, he commended them for their hard work, diligence, and dedication.
The Chairman of the Body of Benchers, O. C Okocha (SAN), In his remark stated that since Nigerian Law School came into existence in 1962, the Council has always made sure that all candidates admitted into the School are given the requisite skills and knowledge, in order for them to be a sound lawyer.
Okocha, who is also a life bencher warned the new lawyers that any breach of the rules and regulations will be meted with severe census and sanctions.
He said the Body of Benchers has the power to enforce discipline and decorum at the Bar and that the exercise of the power is done through the instrumentality of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee (LPDC), which is a standing committee of the Body of Benchers.
He urged them to be of good character and uphold honesty and integrity, which is the hallmark of the legal profession, and to conduct themselves as respectable lawyers.