A total of 24 students graduated with First Class, after the August/September 2016 Bar final examinations of the Nigerian Law School.
It is the highest number since the school was established.
Mr. Olanrewaju Onadeko (SAN), the Director-General of the Nigerian Law School, who gave a breakdown of the figures, said: “of their numbers, 24 candidates attained the First Class grade, while 567 candidates obtained the Second Class Upper Division.”
The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Samuel Nkanu Walter Onnoghen, in his address to the new lawyers, urged them to uphold integrity and competence in the legal profession.
He said: “As ministers in the temple of justice, it is never enough to solely protect the interest of your client. You must strive to attain justice above all and not derail its course even if it may not favour your client and avoid ‘sharp practices.’
“The role of lawyers are multi-faceted; it cuts across virtually every stratum of the society. In all this, you are expected to maintain the highest profession standard of integrity and competence at all times. This should be your watch word.”
A total of 4,225 candidates were called to the Nigerian Bar on Tuesday.